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Southern Lemonade Tea

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2 quarts cold water
2 family-size tea bags
2 lemons, sliced into rings
1 cup granulated sugar
12 maraschino cherries, or more as desired (optional)
Fresh mint sprigs 


In a lided pot over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Drop in tea bags, remove from burner and allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, slice lemons, place in a 3-quart pitcher and cover with sugar.

Pour still-hot tea over lemons and sugar and stir. Allow tea to come to room temperature before chilling.

Add cherries to pitcher just before serving (if using). To serve, pour into tall glasses filled with ice and garnish with mint.


Per serving: 138 calories (percent of calories from fat, 1), trace protein, 36 grams carbohydrates, trace fiber, trace fat (no saturated fat), no cholesterol, 16 milligrams sodium.

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