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Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off

HalloweenAmy Wiley2 Comments

One of my favorite girly pleasures is to have lunch at a department store.  I frequent The Nordstrom Grill near my home and while traveling I love to eat at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, etc.  I think it's just too fun to do a little shopping and then pause for a ladylike meal. Our Denver Neiman's does not have a restaurant, so whenever I'm near one that does I try to stop in for a popover and a glass of their delicious spiced iced tea.  

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Years ago I scoured the internet to find a recipe.  I don't have the original source I used, but a recent search shows many similar versions are floating around Pinterest now.  I tend to make this in the fall so I thought I would share it with you.  I've modified the quantities of the recipe I originally found because we tend to drink iced tea by the gallon.

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I was surprised to find the secret ingredient is Tang!  If you ever have an astronaut over for dinner, you could really dazzle them with this one. Ha!  A dear friend brought me the tin of tea from London.

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Spiced Iced Tea: A Neiman's Knock-off
A homemade version of the department store favorite from www.suburbansoiree.com
Ingredients
  • 12 inches worth Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 8 English Breakfast Teabags
  • 1/2 cup Tang
  • 1/2 tsp Almond Extract
  • Orange Slices for garnish
Instructions
Pour 13 cups of water into a large pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and nutmeg and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add teabags. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add Tang and almond extract. Let cool then refrigerate. Enjoy over ice, garnished with orange slices.
Yield: About a gallon
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While I'm not a fan of knock-offs when it comes to handbags or Southern accents, I do love to recreate restaurant favorites that aren't available to me where I live.   I'm a Dallas native living in Denver, so this tides me over between visits to Texas.  Now if I could just nail down the Houston's spinach and artichoke dip, I'd have it made.  We do have a Hillstone here, but I don't get there enough!