SPICED APRICOT TEA
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
10 whole cloves
3 cups water
2-3 individual tea bags
3 cups apricot nectar
2/3 cup sugar; adjust more or less to your taste
1/4 cup lemon juice
Place cinnamon and cloves on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spices; tie securely with string.
Place water and spice bag in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; steep, covered, about 5 minutes according to taste. Discard tea and spice bags.
Add remaining ingredients to tea; heat through, stirring to dissolve sugar. Serve immediately.
Yield: 6 servings; 1 cup equals 159 calories, trace fat, 0 cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 41 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 1 gram protein.
Adapted from a recipe from Mary Houchin, of Lebanon, published in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2011