Citrus Iced Tea

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There is a reason why us southerners call it the table wine of the south. We love to drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Who wouldn’t love it on a hot sweltering day like today?It doesn’t matter if you like it sweetened or unsweetened, it quenches the thirst like no other drink.What am I talking about?
Iced tea of course.
Well, to be more specific, Southern Citrus Iced Tea.
Why don’t you pull up a chair, grab a glass and sit a spell.
Can it get any better than this?

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Citrus Iced Tea

Ingredients:

6 cloves
8 cups cold water divided
9 regular size tea bags
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ( 3 lemons)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

Directions:

To infuse the cloves, combine them with 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour.Bring 2 cups of the remaining water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan. Add the tea bags, cover and remove from heat. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags without squeezing them.Strain the clove water through a fine-mesh strainer into a 2 quart container. Add the steeped tea, orange juice, lemon juice and sugar. Stir or shake until the sugar is dissolvedAdd the remaining 4 cups cold water and shake or stir to combine.Let cool, then chill and serve over ice.

Peace be with you,

Veronica

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25 Responses to “Citrus Iced Tea”

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    Beau @ SomethingEdible.com — August 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    We don’t live in the South, but Iced tea is still a big deal at our house, so I’m always on the lookout for new iced tea inspiration!

    Anything pairing iced tea and citrus can’t lose in my book. with From the looks of this particular set of flavors, I bet it might be able to handle a little hooch as well!

    …and I gotta ask – Have you tried making iced tea in a French Press? You’ll never go back to bags again!

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    Maya — August 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    The orange/lemon juice combo in iced tea is a great idea:)

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    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — August 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    This sounds so yum! I admit that I prefer to drink tea unsweetened but love the addition of the citrus! I like your twist with the orange though!

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    Gloria — August 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Delicious I love Ice Tea!! gloria

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    Hester Casey @ Alchemy in the Kitchen — August 7, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Ooooh! Haven’t had iced tea in years! Your recipe sounds so refreshing. Please send some sunshine to go with it!

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    The Farmers Wife — August 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Oh this sounds so refreshing… Yum!

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    Janice — August 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I love the sound of this. I first tasted iced tea in California in 1980 and it was a revelation. We don’t get the hot summers here in Scotland, but every now and then it gets warm enough for me to crave iced tea!

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    Veronica Gantley — August 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Janice, that is so funny because my sister in law is Scottish and we thought like the Brits, ya’ll drank a lot of hot tea. Her first wedding gift when she moved to the states was an electric kettle. She does not drink tea. LOL!

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    Mike@ The Culinary Lens — August 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    The only South I am from is the South Of Ireland where we drank tea strong and hot . Since moving to the US I have become a coffee drinker but I now love ice tea during the hot NY summers.

    I believe I read somewhere that the Irish are the biggest per head of capita tea drinkers in the world.

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    thehungryhomebody — August 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    this looks perfect for today!

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    Eliotseats — August 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I wish I had a sweaty glass of this right now! It would be great with this 100+ weather.

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    Ann — August 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

    What a great tea! I bet the cloves give it a fresh taste….I am a southern girl – but for some reason, I’m not a tea drinker. My husband LOVES the stuff, so I enjoy making it for him!

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    Abhishek — August 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Looks great…perfect for today…it was hot…check out my blog at http://www.cookitreemaway.com for some other great recipes…

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    Alex — August 8, 2011 at 3:53 am

    nothing, nothing, nothing beats a refreshing glass of iced tea! yum!

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    Five Finicky Eaters — August 8, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Sounds perfect for a hot summer day or night. I really like the citrus in tea.

    http://fivefinickyeaters.blogspot.com/

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    Farida — August 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

    look so fresh tea

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    Sandra — August 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I really like the little bite from the cloves.

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    Pegasuslegend — August 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Very refreshing~

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    Erin — August 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Great summer tea! Sounds delicious!

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    Tina — August 9, 2011 at 12:24 am

    We all like lemon in hot tea, so why not orange in cold tea-sounds delicious and refreshing.

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    RavieNomNoms — August 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Looks so refreshing!

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    Sarah — August 10, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve never thought to add orange juice to my iced tea, but I am so trying this-great recipe!

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    Peggy — August 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Oh this sounds so good! Love all of the spices – and the orange juice is a great idea as well =)

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    briarrose — August 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    What a refreshing tea. Nothing hits the spot better in the summer than iced tea.

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    Veronica's Kitchen — August 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    What a nice refreshing drink for a hot summer day! Love have it day and night, much better than coke!

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