Southwest Summertime Cooler (Orange-Mint Iced Tea)

Recipe by littleturtle
READY IN: 15mins
SERVES: 12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    quarts cold water, divided (8 cups)
  • 12
    tea bags or 4 family-size tea bags
  • 14
    cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed
  • 4
    cups orange juice (reconstituted frozen orange juice concentrate is fine)
  • 2 -8
    tablespoons honey (according to your preference for sweetness, 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup)
  • 8 -10
    sprigs of fresh mint, washed thoroughly
  • ice cubes or crushed ice
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 1 quart water to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, and while water is still bubbling, add tea bags and 1/4 cup mint.
  • Cover and let steep 8 minutes, then remove and discard tea bags and mint.
  • Put remaining quart of cold water into a large pitcher or insulated jug.
  • Add hot tea to cold water.
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • Add orange juice, honey, and mint sprigs, and mix well.
  • Store in refrigerator & serve over ice.
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