• Not Your Same Old Iced Tea

    MY BASIC FORMULAS FOR 1 QUART OF FLAVORED TEA:

    • add 1/2 cup fruit preserves to the tea basket
    • add 1 cup of fruit juice or nectar to the jar
    • add 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon whole cloves, or 2 tablespoons crushed crystallized ginger to the tea basket
    • add a sprig of a fresh mint or other herb into the tea basket; cut it up for more flavor
    • add 1 teaspoon of extracts like vanilla and almond flavoring to the jar
    • sweeteners should be added according to your individual taste; some like tea sweet, some don’t (I like mine in between–just a little bit sweet)
    • add a shot of rum or flavored liqueur to a glass before adding the flavored tea
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    FLAVORED TEA RECIPES: These measurements are all for making a full quart of each of the flavors pictured above.

    Raspberry Tea–Put tea bags or basket of leaf tea in the jar, add 1/2 cup raspberry preserves to the tea basket, fill jar with water.

    Apricot Almond Tea–Pour 1 cup apricot nectar into jar, add 1 teaspoon almond extract, add tea bags or basket of leaf tea, fill jar with water.

    Mint Tea–Put tea bags or basket of leaf tea into jar; add a loosely packed 1/2 cup of mint leaves, cutting the mint into the tea basket; fill jar with water.

    Apple Spice Tea–Pour 1 cup apple cider into jar; add tea bags or basket of leaf tea; add 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1 tablespoon cinnamon chunks) and 1 teaspoon whole cloves to tea basket; fill jar with water.

    Caramel Tea–Put tea bags or basket of leaf tea into jar; add 3-4 tablespoons caramel sauce; fill jar with water.

    Pomegranate Tea–Pour 1 cup pomegranate juice into jar, add tea bags or basket of leaf tea, fill jar with water.

    Lemonade Tea–Pour 1/2 cup of lemonade concentrate (from frozen can) into jar, add tea bags or basket of leaf tea, fill jar with water. (This is similar to Arnold Palmer Tea.)

    Cherry Vanilla Tea–Pour 1 cup cherry juice into jar; add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; add tea bags or basket of leaf tea; fill jar with water.

    NOT PICTURED, BUT OTHER COMBINATIONS TO TRY:

    Caramel Apple Tea–Put tea bags or basket of leaf tea into jar; add 3-4 tablespoons caramel sauce; add 1 cup apple cider; fill jar with water.

    Ginger Tea–Put tea bags or basket of leaf tea into jar; add 1 tablespoon crushed crystallized ginger to tea basket; fill jar with water.

    Ginger Peach Tea–Same as Ginger Tea above, plus add 1/2 cup peach preserves to tea basket or 1 cup peach nectar before filling jar with water.

    NOTE: My intention was to have these drinks have added flavors but still taste like tea. If you want them fruitier, increase the amounts of the fruit preserves or juices. If you like sweeter teas, increase the sweeteners. In other words, the above quantities are a starting point. Play around with these and find the combo that fits your tastes.

    MAKE IT A COCKTAIL! You can add a shot of rum or flavored liqueur to any of these flavored teas.