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Blackberry Iced Tea

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Makes about 7 1/2 cups

Make this sweet, plum-hued beverage year-round by using fresh or frozen blackberries.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • Garnishes: fresh blackberries, fresh mint sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Combine blackberries and sugar in large container. Crush blackberries with wooden spoon. Add mint and baking soda. Set aside.

  2. Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and let stand 3 minutes. Discard tea bags.

  3. Pour tea over blackberry mixture; let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Pour tea through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Add 2 1/2 cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.

Cook's Notes

For the garnish, cut desired amount of wooden skewers into 5-inch lengths; then place fresh blackberries on skewers.