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Tempting Tea

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Ginger Tea

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are exhausted, it will calm you.

1 tablespoon plus 1-teaspoon black tea leaves
1/4 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced
2 quarts boiling water
1 tablespoon plus 1-teaspoon sugar

Pitcher of Tea

Combine tea leaves and all but 4 ginger slices in a tea pot. Add boiling water and steep about 5 minutes. Strain tea into cups. Serve Tempting Tea with a slice of ginger and sweeten to taste.

Iced Zinger Tea

2 quarts water
4 Red Zinger tea bags, or Lemon Zinger

Bring water to a boil in a heavy nonreactive saucepan. Add teabags and remove from heat. Cover pan and let stand 15 to 20 minutes to make a very strong tea. Let cool before serving. Pour over ice cubes. Sweeten with sugar or honey to taste.

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 0; Fat: 0g; Calories from fat: 0; Cholesterol: 0mg; Protein: 0g; Carbohydrates: 0g; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 15mg
Dietary Exchanges:  Free

Sage Tea

Fresh sage

4 cups water
16 sage leaves, fresh or dried
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar

Bring water to a boil. Add sage leaves and remove from heat. Let steep about three minutes, or longer if stronger tea is desired. Strain and serve sweetened with sugar to taste.

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 16; Fat: 0g; Calories from fat: 0-percent; Cholesterol: 0mg; Protein: 0g; Carbohydrates: 27.7g; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 0.8g
Dietary Exchanges:  Sugar: 0.2

Icy Fruit Tea

Bowl of Fruit Salad

4 tea bags
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, crumbled
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup lime juice
Ice cubes
1 quart plus 2 cups carbonated water

Place tea bags in a medium bowl and add boiling water. Let stand ten minutes. Remove tea bags. Add honey and mint and mix well. Mix juices in a large container. Add tea mixture and refrigerate until ready to use. To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and add 1/2-cup tea concentrate. Fill glass with carbonated water. Recipe makes six servings.

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 124; Fat: 0.2g; Calories from fat: 1-percent; Cholesterol: 0mg; Protein: 0.6g; Carbohydrates: 32.7g; Fiber: 0.3g; Sugar: 30.6g; Sodium: 11mg
Dietary Exchanges:  Fruit: 0.6, Sugar: 1.4

Russian Tea

No tea can compare to this zesty Russian brew!

Fresh sage

2 tablespoons whole cloves
8 cups water
10 tea bags
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups orange juice
2 cups peach juice
Juice of one lemon

Boil cloves in water three minutes. Add tea bags and let steep five minutes. Strain. Add sugar and juices then reheat. Serve hot. Recipe makes 24 servings.

Nutritional values per serving:
Calories: 37; Fat: 0.2g; Carbohydrates: 9g; Sodium: 4mg

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