Apple and Mint Punch


5 1/2 cups
Mint Simple Syrup
1 cup waterwater1
½ cup sugarsugar½
1 packed cup fresh mint leavesfresh mint leaves1
2 cups waterwater2
4 green tea bagsgreen tea bags4
1 ½ cups (100 percent) apple juice (recommended: Martinelli's)apple juice1 ½
1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe followsmint simple syrup1
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)lemon juice¼
1 cup sparkling water, chilledsparkling water1


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.
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.

To serve, add the sparkling water and pour the punch into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs, if desired.

cook's notes

Garnish: fresh mint sprigs, optional
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