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Apple of My Iced Tea

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.

Sunset OCTOBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 2


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 121
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 28g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 0.3mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg

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