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Friday, April 29, 2011

Fruity tea fizz

Orange juice.Image via Wikipedia

There are no shortage of summer time recipes out there that will suit a wide variety of tastes. If you live in South Carolina and would love some recipes from this region, see: Famous flavors of South Carolina. Nothing says summer is here like citrus flavored beverages that are cool and refreshing.
This easy recipe will please the whole family for those hot summer days, and family cook outs. If you would like more recipes and beverage recipes see: Recipes from a Southern Kitchen.

Makes 6 servings

    3 tea bags
    1/2 teaspoon crush dried mint leaves                                                     
    2 cups water boiling                                           
    3/4  to 1 cup sugar                                            
    1/2 cup lemon juice                                            
    1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
    pinch of nutmeg
    1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider                               
    2 10-ounce bottles ginger ale chilled                          
    Lemon and orange slices                                        

Place tea bags in a 4-cup heat proof bowl, (you can use a pot for this if you like); add in nutmeg, and mint and pour in boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

In a pitcher, combine cooled tea, lemon juice, apple juice and orange juice.
Just before serving, add ginger ale; stir once to combine mixture. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lemon and orange slices and fresh mint if desired.
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