Blackberry-Lemon-Mint Tea

blackberry-lemon-mint tea
Blackberry-Lemon-Mint Tea
Makes about 2 quarts
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Ingredients
  1. 2 quarts water
  2. 6 family-size tea bags
  3. 8 fresh mint leaves, torn
  4. 8 cups fresh blackberries
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  7. Garnish: lemon slices, fresh mint
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and mint, and let stand for 15 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  2. In a very large bowl, stir together blackberries, sugar, and lemon zest. Pour tea over blackberry mixture, and let stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain tea mixture into a large pitcher, discarding solids. Refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon and mint, if desired.
Notes
  1. Two (16-ounce) packages thawed frozen blackberries can be used in place of fresh.
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