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1972 Bridge Day Mint Tea (Junior League Style)

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I just love a community/club/church fundraising cookbook.  All the ladies pull out their best recipes (the ones that get them accolades every time they make it).  No one wants to risk embarrassing themselves if their neighbor tries out a recipe and it turns out to be terrible.

Fundraising cookbooks are such a intriguing snapshot of the community they come from.  Like today’s recipe, Bridge Day Mint Tea.  (Yep, not a menu, but I’ve being dying to try this one).  It comes from Little Rock Cooks, by the ladies of the Junior League of Little Rock.

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I can just picture Mrs. William B. Sigler on bridge day sitting around the card table under a lazy ceiling fan with her junior league gal pals, sipping tea and gossiping up a storm.

In any case, a Southern junior league lady is clearly the right person to consult on sweet tea.  This was just right; not too sweet with a lovely amount of mint flavor.  I served this at my ladies’ book club and Mrs. Sigler did not embarrass herself with this one.

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Bridge Day Mint Tea

1 1/2 c. boiling water

3 heaping tsp. tea

6 sprigs mint, leaves broken off stems

1 1/2 c. boiling water

1 scant c. sugar

1/2 c. lemon juice (about 4 lemons)

1 qt. cold water

Allow tea and mint to steep in boiling water for fifteen minutes.  In another 1 1/2 cups boiling water, dissolve sugar, then add lemon juice.  Strain the tea and mint mixture and add to lemon juice and sugar mixture.  Add one quart cold water and store in refrigerator.  Will keep for days.  This is a cool, refreshing drink, very light in color.  The recipe doubles easily.  -Mrs. William B. Sigler.

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