What a Crock: Spiced Apple Iced Tea

This time of year in Houston is perfect for picnics or relaxing on the patio. Enjoying a nice beverage such as this one only adds to the experience.

The rundown Do remember in the '80s, when the big rage was setting your massive jug of tea in sun? It was wonderful. But who needs to take it outside when you can make a perfectly good batch with the help of your trusty crock pot? This recipe contains five simple ingredients--most of which are probably hidden somewhere in your pantry.

The taste If you enjoy that cinnamon, apple and clove combination, this iced tea is for you. I had just one issue. Although everything tasted great, the flavors reminded me way too much of the Fall. That said, the tartness of the apples, combined with the cinnamon spice, really came through. Believe me, those flavors aren't subtle. They will punch you in the face. I highly recommend adding a packet of sweetener to any prepared glass.

The ease Very simple. Just take two apples and slice into fairly thin pieces. Line the bottom of your crock pot with the apples. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and six tea bags. Pour in the water, set on High for three hours, and you're good to go. Strain the ingredients when done and pour over some ice.

The tip This recipe yields a good amount of tea, at least enough for 10-12 people.

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