Recipe: Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea

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My default summer drink is Iced Tea, but sometimes, it needs a little makeover to make it a special treat.  You can use any juice cocktail in this recipe, but I highly recommend taking a few extra moments and making the Simple Syrup to sweeten it!

Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea
Makes a 2-quart pitcher

6 cups water
6 tea bags (I use PG Tips)
2 cups Cranberry Raspberry juice cocktail
Simple Syrup (I add this by taste, ¼ – ½ cup works for me)
Lime slices (optional)

Put 2 cups of water in a tea kettle or in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, put the tea bags in a 2-quart pitcher.  Once the water is boiling, immediately pour it over the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. (I like my iced tea on the strong side and left mine in for 10 minutes.) 

Remove the tea bags and discard. 

Pour in the cranberry raspberry cocktail, the remaining 4 cups of water, and stir.  Taste the tea and begin adding the amount of Simple Syrup you desire. 

Slice a lime into ¼-inch slices and float in your pitcher of tea. 

Store in the fridge until well-chilled.  Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

If you really want to jazz this up, fill your drinking vessel (I love that term and needed an excuse to use it today!)  ½ full of the chilled tea and top off with club soda for a Cranberry Raspberry Iced Tea Spritzer.

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