Lime Mint Iced Tea

A new iced tea recipe I plan to try. Since I gave up soda, I’ve been drinking lots of tea, and want some variations for entertainment. I’m leaving out the sugar; I’m not really a fan of sweet tea.

  • 1 quart water, boiling
  • 4 tea bags
  • 1 3/4 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

Mix tea bags, mint and sugar in hot water, and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain out the tea bags and mint leaves. Chill and add lime juice before serving.
Serves 4

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Peach Sangria

courtesy of Dine Magazine (Jul/Aug 2006 issue). Passed along by a friend who made a batch and enjoyed it.

  • 4 firm, ripe peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 cup peach schnapps
  • 2/3 cup superfine granulated sugar
  • 6 cups chilled rosé wine
  • 4 cups chilled sparkling water

1. Stir together peaches, schnapps and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar dissolves.
2. Let stand for 1 hour.
3. Stir in wine, sparkling water, and ice. Serve.
Serves 10 (allegedly, although it won’t really, according to my friend.)

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Chai Tea

From the kitchen of: Laurie Pumphrey

For each cup of tea, you will need:

  • 1 green cardamon pod
  • 1 clove
  • 1 pea-size piece fresh ginger
  • half-inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 whole black peppercorn
  • 1 tsp black tea

Grind all the spices except for fresh ginger and tea in a clean coffee grinder or mortar/pestal. If desperate, pound them up with a hammer. Dried ginger may be substitued for fresh, but be careful not to use too much since it is more concentrated.
Boil everything together, then simmer for 10 minutes. Drain/strain spices and tea leaves out. Sweeten to taste and add cream if you wish.

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Blue Hawaii

From the Cocktail Database

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain
2 oz fresh lime juice (6 cl, 1/2 gills)
1 oz pineapple juice
2 oz vodka or white rum (6 cl, 1/2 gills)
1 1/2 oz blue curacao (4.5 cl, 3/8 gills)
Serve in a double rocks glass (12.0 oz)
Add cherry, pineapple spear

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Egg Nog

From the kitchen of: Unknown

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat egg until frothy. Add remaining ingredients slowly. Serve immediately. Makes 1.

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