Simply by simmering together spices, tea and fruit juices, Janice Connelley of Mountain City, Nevada created a concoction that gives extra zip to festive party plans. "It's easy to fix," she details. "For a nice touch, I put cinnamon stick 'stirrers' in the cups before serving."—Janice Connelley, Spring Creek, Nevada
In the old days, a steaming cup of mint tea was said to dispel headaches, heartburn and indigestion. I don't know about that, but I do know that this tea refreshes me every time.—Ione Banks, Jefferson, Oregon
My family has been making iced tea this way ever since I was a child. When I recently prepared it for a church function, everyone liked it so much that they asked for the recipe. — Diane C Kirkpatrick, Terre Hill, Pennsylvania
Soothing and comforting, this drink is a great way to wrap up an evening of entertaining. Although it contains alcohol, the taste is smooth. You'll want to enjoy it in moderation.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Arma White combines seven simple ingredients to make a big batch of this hot spiced drink mix. "Placed in a jar and tied with pretty ribbon, this is one of my favorite gifts for neighbors," reports the Golconda, Illinois cook.
Don't be surprised if guests propose a toast to the ice tea at your next summer party! Susan Wilson of Lamesa, Texas livens up that time-honored beverage with almond and vanilla extract. Ginger ale adds sparkle to each refreshing sip—so be ready to refill the pitcher.
On cold winter afternoons, my friends and I like to sip this tangy cranberry tea while sitting next to a glowing fire and enjoying good conversation. It’s a great alternative to mulled cider.—Polly Holbrook, Greeley, Colorado