Blackberry Beverages

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.

Blackberry Tea

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 tea.

Blackberry Cordial

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.

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