Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
A cool and refreshing drink just made for a hot summer afternoon. From Southern Living magazine.
- 3 cups fresh blackberries (or frozen blackberries, thawed)
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped of fresh mint
- 1 pinch baking soda (optional)
- 4 cups boiling water
- 2 family-size tea bags (decaf is best)
- 2 1⁄2 cups cold water
- fresh blackberries (to garnish)
- Combine blackberries and sugar in a large container, and crush with a wooden spoon; stir in mint and baking soda(if using).
- Boill 4 cups of water and pour 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.
Very good! I have made this 3 times with just a few tweeks each time. I like to steep my tea longer (I like strong tea) & add 1/8 tsp. of baking soda while the tea is steeping. Due to the amount of pulp sinking to the bottom of the pitcher mixing the berries and mint in the blender is best. You can strain the tea to remove the seeds as well. Two cups of berries gives the best blend of fruit and tea. We have already reached 100 degrees this summer so this tea will be made often.
We do love fruity, sweet tea, so your recipe was definitely welcomed here! Most often it's peach or raspberry for us, so making this was a very nice change of pace! Loved everything about it & followed your recipe exactly but without the final garnish! It's certainly a keeper, especially with our warm weather! Many thanks for sharing it! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]