Blackberry fizz

Yield: 4 Pts. conce

Measure Ingredient
3 quarts Fresh/frozen blackberries
4 cups Water
3 cups Sugar
1 tablespoon Whole cloves
1 tablespoon Whole allspice
2 4" cinnamon sticks;broken
Lemon-lime or white soda

Crush blackberries in a large kettle. Add water and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes. Strain through a jelly bag, reserving juice and discarding pulp. Add water to juice if necessary to equal 2 quarts; pour into a large kettle. Slowly stir in sugar until dissolved. Place spices in a cheesecloth bag; add to juice. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Bring to a boil; remove the spice bag and discard. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving ¼" headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath. To serve, mix about ⅓ concentrate with ⅔ soda. Yield: about 4 pints concentrate Source: Taste of Home mag, June/July 1996

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