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God's heroes drain a thousand seas...
yet thirst.
God's heroes drain a thousand seas...
yet thirst.
Arabian Tea
Total time: 45 minutes
1 cup fresh mint, washed and chopped
½ cup sugar
6 cups water
7 tsp. black tea or 7 tea bags
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. grated lemon peel
Mint sprigs for garnish

In a 2-quart ceramic bowl, mix together the chopped mint and sugar, and let stand for 30 minutes. After 20 minutes have passed, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Put the tea or tea bags into a teapot, pour over the water, and allow to steep for 3-5 minutes.

Add the fruit juices and lemon peel to the bowl with the mint and sugar, and mix well. Strain the hot tea into the bowl. Let the tea rest for 10 minutes, then strain into a serving pitcher. Pour into tea glasses over ice, garnished with a sprig of mint.