This summer I visited the picturesque little town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee near Chattanoga and made a stop at the Lodge Manufacturing Company’s outlet store to purchase cast iron cookware. I became aware of a tasty southern tea-punch recipe during my visit.
During trolley tours of historic homes in the area, French Mint Tea is served to the passengers at a rest stop. This much requested recipe is generously shared by the ladies who serve the tea.
French Mint Tea~
3 cups of water
3 family size tea bags
1-1/2 cups of sugar
3 lemons, juiced
2 (46 ounce) cans of pineapple juice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
Fresh mint leaves
Cinnamon sticks, if desired
Bring water to the boiling point then remove from the heat. Add tea bags and steep for five minutes.
Remove tea bags then add sugar to hot tea and stir until dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice, pineapple juice and flavoring extracts. Chill tea.
Stir well and pour into tall glasses filled with ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Tea can be served hot. Add a cinnamon stick to each serving. Makes about one gallon.