Friday, July 04, 2008

Southern Afternoon Tea 

Lemon Mint
Lemon Mint in my garden

According to a study in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, two to three tablespoons of citrus juice added to green tea stabilizes the antioxidants, allowing for up to five times the availability for digestion.

In honor of this new knowledge, and on this hot summer family-fun-filled day (or, viewing Wanted, like me...), I present our family recipe for Southern Afternoon Tea. This is served at every family reunion and at every great aunt's house when we visit. I'm sure the researchers didn't take into account 2 cups of sugar, but, you can't have unsweet tea down here, y'all.

Southern Afternoon Tea

7 regular tea bags
1 qt water
2 c sugar
2 6oz cans frozen orange juice
2 6oz cans frozen lemonade
water to make one gallon
sprigs of fresh mint

Put tea bags in quart of water, bring to a boil and then take off heat. Let steep for about 5 minutes. Take out tea bags. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add orange juice and lemonade. Stir until mixed. Add enough water to make one gallon. Serve over ice and add mint.

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