Friday, June 24, 2011

Indian Summer Tea - Caity

I can't describe the amazingness of this tea. You just need to try it! It is made with almond extract, green tea and ginger ale which makes it a very interesting and yummy drink. It's very easy and can be served hot or cold.

I first had it at my friends Ellie and Kelsey's high school graduation party and it was made by one of their good family friends and Kelsey's godmother, Bonnie. She got the recipe from the Salt Lake Tribune in 1999. She served it cold with a large piece of star ice.

 I like to serve it with thinly sliced rounds of lemons and limes and sliced strawberries. Unless I'm going to make it for a party, I keep the base in the fridge along with a liter of ginger ale and enjoy it glass by glass.

what you'll need:

1 cup very strong green tea (4 tea bags for one cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. real almond extract
5 cups water

Ginger Ale

To serve cold: Mix all base ingredients and refrigerate. When cold, mix with equal parts ginger ale and lots of ice. 

To serve hot: Mix all base ingredients and heat. Add equal parts of room temperature ginger ale. Serve hot with cinnamon sticks stirrers for added flavor.

The base will keep for three weeks in fridge.  Makes close to one gallon when mixed with ginger ale.

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