Blackberry Sweet Tea

Serves: 7

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.

Yield: Makes about 7 cups
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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.


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