Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fresh Cranberry Spiced Tea

Yes I soon as I change the title to "Just Desserts" I put a recipe for cider/tea on here, but it's sweet enough to be a dessert. Not only does it make your kitchen fragrant with a nice spicy aroma, but it also tastes incredible. Just make sure and remember that the cranberries have to sit in the water for until cold, which takes a while. I recommend letting them sit overnight. 

3/4 lb. fresh or frozen cranberries (I actually used dried cranberries)
9 cups cold water
2 cups orange juice
2 & 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cups white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. whole allspice

Place the cranberries and water into a large pot. Bring to a boil and cook just until the berries pop, about 5 min. Remove from heat and let stand at room temperature until cold, several hours. (I let mine sit overnight).
Strain out the cranberries and stir the orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar into the liquid. Add the cinnamon stick, whole cloves, and allspice. Bring to a low boil. It's ready to serve at this point, but it's even better if you allow it to sit overnight. 

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