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Apple and Mint Punch

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 59 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 51 min
  • Cook: 3 min
  • Yield: 5 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

2 cups water

4 green tea bags

1 1/2 cups (100 percent) apple juice (recommended: Martinelli's)

1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)

1 cup sparkling water, chilled

Ice

Mint Simple Syrup:

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 packed cup fresh mint leaves

Directions

  1. Garnish: fresh mint sprigs, optional
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 6 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool the tea to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Pour the cooled tea into a large pitcher. Add the apple juice, Mint Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve, add the sparkling water and pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.

Mint Simple Syrup:

  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the mint leaves. Allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.
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