3 C fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
1¼ C sugar
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
Pinch of baking soda
4 C boiling water
2 family-size tea bags
2½ C cold water
Garnishes: fresh blackberries, fresh mint sprigs
Combine blackberries and sugar in large container. Crush blackberries with wooden spoon. Add mint and baking soda. Set aside.
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 2½ cups cold water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Garnish if desired. Makes about 7½ cups.
Recipe and photo courtesy of myrecipes.com.