French mint tea
In a pot, bring 3/4 cup water and 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 3 bags of your favourite tea. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Add one and a half cups of orange juice, 2 slices of lemon and 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir. Add 2 quarts of water and strain to remove leaves and pulp. Serve over ice or hot.
Always a summer favourite, iced tea is easy to prepare. Simply make a batch of tea as you normally would. Strain the tea to remove the leaves. Add sugar to taste or leave unsweetened. Cool in the refrigerator before serving. You can also pour it over ice if you wish to drink it immediately, though this tends to dilute the flavor.
A punch made from tea and fruit juices is a wonderful thirst-quencher on a hot day. To make tea punch, take 1 cup of strong tea and add 1 cup of strawberry juice, 1/2 cup of orange juice and three tablespoons of lemon juice. Chill. Just before serving, add 1 cup of dry ginger ale or tonic water.
Rhubarb tea punch
Combine 1 cup of tea with 6 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of sugar, a few sprigs of fresh mint, two cups lightly sweetened stewed rhubarb and a stick of cinnamon. Chill. Before serving, remove the cinnamon stick and add 4 cups cracked ice, 4 cups chilled ginger ale, 2 cups tonic water and some orange slices. Serve with straws in tall glasses.
For this delicious, healthy beverage you need some fresh ginger root. Using a sharp knife, cut about 12-15 thin slices of ginger and place them in a pot. Add about two cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain and serve. Best served with a little honey.
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