Southern Style Sweet Fruit Tea Three Ways

Fruit Tea With Orange and Mint
Fruit Tea With Orange and Mint. Philippe Desnerck / Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 32 Servings
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Southerners love their iced tea, and these three fruit teas are fresh and delicious alternatives. Treat your family and guests to these delicious drinks!

The basic fruit iced tea makes a big batch of two 1-gallon jugs, perfect for a family gathering or tailgating event. The pineapple tea and orange mint tea can be scaled up quite easily for a crowd.

What You'll Need

  • Fruit Iced Tea: 
  • 18 to 24 tea bags (depending on how strong you want the tea flavor)
  • 1 1/2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (48-ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Pineapple Iced Tea:
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 16 tea bags
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • Garnish: fresh pineapple ring halves, lemon wedges, or mint leaves
  • Fresh Orange Mint Tea:
  • 1 quart of water
  • 3 tea bags
  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Optional Garnish: fresh orange or lemon wedges and mint leaves

How to Make It

Judy's Fruit Iced Tea

  1. Place 18 to 24 tea bags in bowl or pitcher. Pour 1 1/2 quarts of boiling water over tea bags. Add the 2 cups of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Let tea bags steep in the sugar water several hours or overnight. Discard tea bags.
  2. Pour the tea into a large bowl or pan. Add the cans of pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, and lemonade; stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour equal amounts into two one-gallon jugs. Add cold water to each jug to fill.
  1. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  2. Shake well before serving.
  3. Makes 2 gallons.

Pineapple Iced Tea

  1. Bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the 16 tea bags to the water and then remove the pan from the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags (squeeze them to extract the extra flavor) and then add the 2 cups of sugar and 4 cups of pineapple juice. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
  3. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a half pineapple ring, lemon wedges, or fresh mint leaves for garnish, if desired.
  4. Makes 5 1/2 quarts.

Fresh Orange Mint Tea

  1. Bring the 1 quart of water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add the 3 tea bags, 3 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves, and 3 tablespoons of sugar and then remove from the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, squeezing them to extract all of the flavor. Pour the tea into a large pitcher; add the  4 cups of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and stir to blend.
  3. Chill thoroughly before serving.
  4. Serve in glasses over ice.
  5. Garnish servings with fresh orange or lemon wedges and mint leaves, if desired.
  6. Makes 2 quarts.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 173
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 91 mg
Carbohydrates 44 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)