Citrus Tea Punch

Sweet iced tea is a southern staple. Adding fresh lemon and orange juice transforms it into a punch that can be made even more festive with a splash of vodka but also tastes great if made without alcohol.

Ingredients:

3 oz. fresh spearmint (2 bunches)
2 large “pitcher-size” tea bags (for iced tea), such as Tetley or Lipton
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 to 6 medium lemons)
1 cup fresh orange juice (from about 4 medium oranges)
1 cup vodka (optional)
1 lemon, thinly sliced or cut into wedges, for garnish

Put the mint in a large heatproof pitcher and pour in 6 cups boiling water. Add the tea bags and let steep for 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags, strain out the mint, and stir in the sugar and juices. Let cool to room temperature and add the vodka (if using). Refrigerate until cold. Stir before serving. Serve over ice, garnished with the sliced lemon.

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~ by Colorful Soul on 11/12/2011.

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