Apple of My Iced Tea

Apple of My Iced Tea Recipe
Photo: Thomas J. Story
Lucy Leahy, from Oakland, makes this recipe with easy-to-grow anise hyssop, which has a minty licorice flavor. If you don't have any on hand, you can use regular mint leaves, and it will be just as refreshing.


Serves 2

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Nutritional Information

Calories 121
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Protein 0.0 g
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Carbohydrate 28 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Sodium 0.3 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh anise hyssop or mint leaves
1/2 cup hard apple cider*
1/2 cup brewed black tea, cooled
Apple wedges for garnish


1. Put sugar and 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until very warm, then stir to dissolve sugar. Add anise hyssop, cover bowl, and set aside about 1 hour. Strain syrup.

2. Fill 2 glasses with ice and add 2 tbsp. syrup to each. Pour in cider and tea. Garnish each with an apple wedge. Chill remaining syrup to use another time.

*Find in grocery stores alongside beer.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.