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iced_tea.gif (4261 bytes)This famous brew from Lady Bird Johnson, former President Johnson's wife, was published recently in Linda Cicero's column in the Knight-Ridder newspapers' food sections.  Keep this delicious and nutritious drink on hand in the refrigerator to serve hot or cold.  Its not just for special occasions.

Lady Bird's Spiced Tea

6 teaspoons tea leaves (or 6 tea bags)
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 quarts water
1  3-inch cinnamon stick
1  6-ounce can frozen lemon juice
1  6-ounce can frozen orange juice

Pour boiling water over tea and let cool.  Strain and pour into a 4-quart saucepan.  Add sugar, water and cinnamon and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and stir in frozen juices.  Cover and let set for 20 minutes for flavors to blend.  Add more sugar or water to taste.   Makes 16 servings.

Per serving:  88 calories, 0.3 grams protein, 23 grams carbohydrate, 0.1 grams fat, 1 percent calories as fat, 0.1 grams fiber, no cholesterol, 3 milligrams sodium.

Note:  You may use 6 ounces of fresh lemon or lime juice instead of the frozen, or bottled lemon although that will affect the taste.   Whole allspice, whole cloves or spiced tea (chai) mix may be added with the stick cinnamon.   The flavor will improve when the tea is stored overnight in the refrigerator.

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