Blackberry Sweet Tea
I love finding an abundance of inexpensive blackberries in the stores in the winter. They bring a splash of summer into the dreary winter days. I toss them in salads, on pizzas, and this is a favorite tea recipe.
Dovetailing tip: Buy extra blackberries so you have enough to use on the Blackberry Spinach Salad for Meal 3.
|3 cups||fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed|
|1/2 cup||sugar, or to taste|
|1 tablespoon||chopped fresh mint, optional|
|pinch of baking soda|
|4 cups||boiling water|
|3||family-size tea bags, or use 6-8 regular size|
|2 1/2 cups||cold water|
|garnish: fresh blackberries|
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.