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

Recipe by Southern Living July 2004

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Yield:
Makes about 7 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • Pour 4 cups boiling water over tea bags; cover and let stand 3 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 until ready to serve. Garnish, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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