Apple and Mint Punch

Ingredients:

2 cups water
4 green tea bags
1 1/2 cups (100 percent) apple juice (recommended: Martinelli's)
1 cup Mint Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
1 cup sparkling water, chilled
ice

Mint Simple Syrup:

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 packed cup fresh mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Garnish: fresh mint sprigs, optional
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 6 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool the tea to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Pour the cooled tea into a large pitcher. Add the apple juice, Mint Simple Syrup and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. To serve, add the sparkling water and pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.
  4. For Mint Simple Syrup: Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the mint leaves. Allow the syrup to cool, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.

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