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.

Lucy Leahy, Oakland, CA
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Recipe Summary

Serves 2


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; carbohydrates 28g; sodium 0.3mg.