Blackberries were found growing wild through
out the South during the Civil War, and many families made these
two beverages for enjoyment and medicinal uses.
Pick blackberry leaves and dry them.
When you want to make tea, just crumble 2 teaspoons of leaves in
one cup of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, and you have blackberry
Mash and strain blackberries. Put the juice on to boil in a glass
or enameled pot. Skim it well, and to each gallon of juice, put
three pounds of sugar and a quart of brandy. Press cloves in mortar
and pestle or with the bottom of a frying pan to release essential
oils and add to taste along with 1 cinnamon stick.
Note: This was valuable as a medicine for children in summer and
was often used because of its binding qualities.