Monday, July 19, 2010


I saw this on Everyday Italian the other day and thought it sounded refreshing. I made it that afternoon and have been hooked ever since so of course I had to share!! Enjoy!

• 2 cups water
• 4 green tea bags
• 1 1/2 cups (100 percent) apple juice
• 1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
• 1 cup sparkling water, chilled
• Ice
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.
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 cup water
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 packed cup fresh mint leaves
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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