Black Cherry Iced Tea
- 2 quarts water
- 1 pound fresh black cherries, rinsed and pitted
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 whole star anise
- 5 bags black tea, steeped in 2 cups water
- Mint sprigs for garnish
Bring the water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. Add the cherries, sugar, lemon juice, and star anise. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cherries are almost falling apart. Turn off the heat, mix in the black tea, and let stand for 1 hour to cool.
Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve, mashing the cherries with a wooden spoon to extract more liquid. Discard the solids. Transfer the liquid to a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve.