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Blackberry Sweet Tea

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes about 7 cups

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
  • Garnish: fresh blackberries

How to Make It

  1. Combine blackberries and sugar in a large container, and crush with a wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda.

  2. Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 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 1 hour. Garnish, if desired.