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Buckeye Brewed Sweet Tea

Makes 2 quarts

Total Time 30 minutes


1 cup white sugar (or to taste!)

2 quarts boiling water

6 tea bags


Add boiling water and tea bags to a heat proof pitcher. Let steep for 20 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.


Beverage Recipes

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Makes 1 quart

Total Time 15 minutes


1 cup white sugar

1 cup water

1 cup lemon juice

4 cups water


Dissolve sugar in 1 cup water heated in a saucepan. Add sugar water, lemon juice, and 4 cups of water to a heat proof pitcher and stir. Let cool. Add additional lemon juice, water, or sugar to taste.


Pomegranate Punch

Makes 12 servings

Total Time 45 minutes



2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice

2 cups limeade

1 750 milliliter bottle of Asti Spumante

Lime and orange slices


Combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, limeade, and Asti Spumante in a large serving pitcher. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with orange and lime slices.


​​Michigander Mary

Makes​ 6 servings

Total Time 15 minutes


1 32 oz. bottle of Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix

11/2 cups vodka

3 large celery stalks (or substitute pickles/ pickled asparagus)

1 bottle Tabasco Original Red Pepper Sauce

1 ground pepper shaker


Combine Bloody Mary mix and vokda in a serving pitcher. Rim edge of glass with cut lemon and then dip glass into a plate of celery salt. Add ice, Bloody Mary, and a stalk of celery to each glass. Add Tabasco and pepper to taste.


​Hoosier Hot Chocolate

Makes 5 servings

Total Time 15 minutes


3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups milk

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa

1/2 cup sugar

Dash salt

Miniature marshmellows or sweetened whipped cream


Stir together sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan; Stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk. Stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

Remove from heat and add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmellows or whipped cream.


Apple Cider

Makes 8 servings

Total Time 15 minutes


1 apple

2 tsp. whole cloves

1 orange, thinly sliced

2 quarts apple cider

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp. allspice

Pinch grated nutmeg

1 cup dark rum

Cinnamon sticks, garnish


Stud the apple with the cloves. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum. Discard the apple. Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.


Madison Mimosa​


Makes 6 servings

Total Time 10 minutes


3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (12 medium oranges)

1 750 milliliter bottle of your favorite champagne


Chill orange juice in a freezer or refrigerator. Fill a flute glass or wine glass half with chilled orange juice and half with chilled champagne. Garnish with mint leaf.




Makes 4 servings

Total Time 1 hour


2 cups water

2 cups sugar

2 cups mint leaves chopped

Rum and club soda


Add water and sugar to a saucepan and dissolve sugar over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add mint, and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain mint syrup. Add 2 tablespoons of the mint syrup and 2 ounces of light rum to a tall glass filled with ice. Add club soda. Garnish with lime and mint leaf.


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