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Homemade Tea Syrups

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One of our family's favorite American obsessions is a good soda, in a vintage bottle preferably. At a local antique fair we picked up the 1951 "The American Family Cook Book". It's full of fun beverages including tea syrups for carbonated beverages and how to prepare tea. Check it out:

It inspired me to give my club soda a shot of syrup. Take a look at the recipe below.

Homemade Ginger Green Tea Syrup:

16 oz 175ºF filtered water (bring to boil, then cool with ice cubes)

4 rounded teaspoons Mountain Monk Green Tea

16 oz cold filtered water

2 cups sugar

Pinch of salt

8 oz chopped and peeled ginger

Instructions:

1) Add green tea to the hot water and steep for 3 minutes. Strain into a small nonreactive saucepan.

2) Add 16 oz cold water, sugar, salt and ginger.

3) Bring to a boil, reduce heat, then simmer for 45 minutes - 1 hour.

4) Allow to cool. Strain the syrup. (The cooked ginger can be used for baking.)

5) Boiling yields a golden color from the ginger and green tea. This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. Use it to sweeten club soda, fresh squeezed lemonade or for a Mar-tea-ni!


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