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Tea Concentrate

1/4 cup loose tea leaves, or 12 tea bags
5 cups water

Combine 1/4 cup loose tea leaves or 12 tea bags (any flavor or
variety) with 5 cups water in a 3- to 4-quart pan. Bring to a boil
over high heat; boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 4 cups,
about 6 minutes. Pour liquid concentrate through a fine strainer
into a container; discard residue. Cover and chill until cold, at
least 3 hours or up to 2 weeks.

This whole recipe makes 12 servings when diluted, 1 pint concentrate
to 3 pints liquid. May be mixed with water for plain iced tea or
used in the following recipes:


Apricot Tea Sparkler

1 1/3 cups tea concentrate
1 1/3 cups chilled canned apricot nectar
1 1/3 cups chilled sparkling water

Mix and pour over ice cubes. Makes 4 servings.


Cinnamon Citrus

1 1/3 cup tea concentrate
Thinly pared peel of 1 small orange
1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches
2 2/3 cups chilled sparkling water
1/4 to 1/2 cup thawed orange juice or tangerine juice concentrate

Mix tea concentrate, orange peel, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil,
then chill at least an hour. Discard orange peel and cinnamon
stick. Add sparkling water.

Place the orange juice or tangerine juice concentrate in the bottoms
of 4 glasses. Add ice cubes. Gently pour the tea into the
concentrate and stir before sipping.

Makes 4 servings.

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