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Lucette is the girlfriend of the MN folktale hero Paul Bunyan. You didn’t know he had a girlfriend, did you? Here in MN, we do the Paul Bunyan tall tales right! We invent folk heroes to play with our folk heroes. Lucette Diana Kensack has a 17 foot statue in Hackensack, MN, if you don’t believe me. But even tall tales can have favorite beverages, can’t they? Lucette’s beverage of choice is this Maple Cinnamon iced tea.
Paul Bunyan, the original tall tale legend, is Lucette’s boyfriend and Paul loves maple syrup. As in…with a huge love. I’m going to go with the idea that by default, Lucette equally loves maple syrup. And cinnamon just goes so very well with maple syrup. Which is why she combines the two in this iced tea recipe.
But why iced tea instead of the usual warm coffee drinks of MN? Katie, Levi, and I think Lucette is from the South. Even though Lucette moved north to be with her man, she couldn’t give up all of her southern traditions. So she adapted her childhood Lipton iced tea to suit her northern home but still give her a bit of home comfort. And that, my friends, is why she created Maple Cinnamon Iced Tea. Otherwise known in my family as Lucette Tea.
Lucette’s Iced Tea is the tea that we make when the leaves start falling, the mums show up on front porches, and we want all the pumpkin things. We pull out the cinnamon rolls and board games and make a pitcher of this iced tea to enjoy on the patio for the last remaining days that we can.
Lucette, cheers to you and your iced tea! And, thank you for being such a fun part of our Minnesota family traditions. I appreciate the recipe :).
Maple Cinnamon Iced Tea
- 4 cups water
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 2 whole nutmeg
- 3 Lipton teabags-black unsweetened
- Pour water into a small saucepan. Add the cinnamon sticks, maple syrup, and nutmeg.
- Bring to a boil on high heat stirring often.
- When boiling, remove from heat add the tea bags and steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Remove bags, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg.
- Pour into pitcher and place in the fridge for several hours, or overnight.
- Serve over ice.
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