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Citrus Tea with Tarragon

This citrusy tea accented with tarragon is the perfect way to warm up a chilly winter's afternoon. For a special presentation, add a sugared rim to each cup. —Mary Walters, Westerville, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 8 cups water, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh tarragaon leaves
  • 4 individual Earl Grey tea bags
  • OPTIONAL SUGARED RIM:
  • 1/2 cup coarse sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Orange wedges

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, orange juice, 1/4 cup water, honey and lemon and lime juices. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a blender. Add tarragon leaves; cover and process for 30 seconds or until blended. Strain and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, bring remaining water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Stir in citrus mixture.
  • If a sugared rim is desired, sprinkle the sugar, tarragon and orange zest on a plate. Using orange wedges, moisten the rims of eight mugs; hold mugs upside down and dip rim into sugar mixture. Serve warm tea in mugs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without sugared rim): 93 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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