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Pineapple-Lemon Iced Tea What? O.C.D. iced tea? I need that! After putting on my reading glasses, I realize that it is not O.C.D. iced tea, but rather O.C.C. iced tea. O.C.C. stands for the Oahu Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii. With a pedigree like that, one would expect a thirst-quenching tropical-flavored drink. This recipe does not disappoint: the fruity sweetness of the pineapple juice balances the crisp tartness of the lemon juice, while the subtle hint of mint refreshes and brightens the beverage. Whatever acronym floats your boat, you’ll enjoy sipping this super easy-to-make iced tea on a warm and sunny day!

O.C.C. (Pineapple-Lemon) Iced Tea
A Taste of Aloha Cookbook

INGREDIENTS
1/2 gallon water
12 tea bags
3 sprigs fresh mint
1 and 2/3 cups sugar
12 ounces pineapple juice
6 ounces fresh lemon juice
Additional mint sprigs, for garnish
Pineapple spears, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Bring water to a boil and steep tea bags and mint. Remove mint after 3 minutes.
2. Continue to steep tea until it is very dark. Remove tea bags.
3. While tea is still warm, add sugar and juices, stirring to dissolve sugar.
4. Pour into a gallon container, adding enough water to fill to the gallon level.
5. Chill.
6. Serve iced with mint sprigs and pineapple spears.

Makes 1 gallon

LINNELL’S NOTES
1. I used a good brand of regular-sized English Breakfast (decaf) tea bags.
2. The next time I make this, I will try using a sugar substitute.

Enjoy!

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A refreshing beverage for warm and sunny days, this iced tea is easy to make. I know I mention the word “easy” in the majority of my recipe posts, but I am one of those cooks who likes to get great results with a minimum amount of effort! Although this recipe is not as easy as opening a packet of iced tea mix, it’s worth the few extra steps to get the tart and fresh-brewed taste. Why is it called Boston Iced Tea? I’m guessing that moniker has something to do with the addition of cranberry juice!

Boston Iced Tea
Adapted from a recipe posted by Sean Paajanen on About.com

Ingredients:
4 quarts of water
1 cup of sugar
15 tea bags
12 oz. frozen cranberry juice concentrate

Directions:
1. Pour water into a large pot and bring it to a boil.
2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
3. Add tea bags and let them steep until desired strength is reached – about 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Remove tea bags.
5. Stir in frozen cranberry juice concentrate until it has completely dissolved.
6. Cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
7. Serve over ice.

Linnell’s Notes:
1. I used 6-7 of Lipton’s Iced Tea family-size tea bags instead of 15 small tea bags.

2. So that the tea bags don’t fall into the pot, I wrap the tag-ends of the bags around the handle of a long wooden spoon (a long pair of chopsticks would also work) and rest the spoon across the pot opening. This enables the bags to dangle in the hot water, but they can also be easily retrieved when the brew strength is just right.

3. I’ve also made this iced tea using frozen cran-raspberry juice concentrate with good results.

4. For an event I recently hosted, I poured some of the ice tea mixture into plastic molds and froze them. When placed in the beverage dispenser, these molds kept the beverage cold without diluting the tea.

5. Whole fresh cranberries can also be frozen and placed into individual glasses or a beverage dispenser for a decorative look.

Enjoy!!

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