Combine blackberries and sugar in a large container, and crush with a wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda.
Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
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.
This is a "sweet" tea recipe and with that in mind, I reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup. I should have reduced it by a 1/2 cup, because it was still too sweet for my taste. Also, I would've liked more of the "tea" taste to come through. If I make it again, I'd reduce the sugar as stated above and add more tea.
I made this with the fresh, wild blackberries and mint from my yard. Let me tell you, this tea is amazing! I did have to make some adjustments since I only had just over a cup of berries from my picking, so that's what I used. I also don't like my tea very sweet, so I knew I'd have to adjust the sugar. When I make iced tea, I typically use about a 1/2 c sugar, so that's what I did here and it was the perfect amount for my taste. I also didn't have the family sized tea bags, so I used 8 regular bags. I like a strong tea and it turned out just right, in my opinion. The mint was a nice addition and I'm thinking of even adding some culinary lavender next time.
Very good minus the mint. I'm just not a fan of mint. Fresh summer flavor at it's best. It is very sweet so I made it a second time and cut the sugar to 1 cup. It's fantastic with a splash of peach schnapps for the adults!
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