Southern Style Sweet Fruit Tea Three Ways

Southern Style Sweet Fruit Tea Three Ways

The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Steep and Chill: 5 hrs
Total: 5 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 16 to 32 servings
Yield: 2 gallons
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
173 Calories
0g Fat
44g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 to 32
Amount per serving
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 1g
Calcium 22mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.

"I am a tea girl, a coffee girl, a seltzer girl, and a mocktail girl...you get the hint. This fun drink is perfect for quenching the thirst of your BBQ guests, kids at the pool party, and even a lazy Sunday. It makes a lot, so be sure you have a large enough container." —Carrie Parente

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Ingredients

  • 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
  • 48 ounces canned pineapple juice
  • 12 ounce canned frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 12 ounces canned frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Garnish: lemon and mint, if desired

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Southern Style Sweet Fruit Tea ingredients

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  2. Place 18 to 24 tea bags in bowl or pitcher. Pour 1 1/2 quarts of boiling water over tea bags.

    tea bags and water in a bowl

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  3. Add the 2 cups of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Let tea bags steep in the sugar water for several hours or overnight.

    add sugar to the tea in the bowl

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  4. Squeeze tea bags to wring out the extra flavor before discarding.

    squeeze the liquid from the tea bags and discard

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  5. Pour the tea into a large bowl or pot. Add the cans of pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, and lemonade.

    Add the cans of pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, and lemonade to a pitcher with tea

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  6. Stir until the concentrate has thawed.

    mix the tea and other ingredients together in a pitcher

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  7. Pour equal amounts into two one-gallon jugs.

    add tea mixture to two containers

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  8. Add cold water to each jug to fill and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours. Shake well before serving. Garnish as desired.

    Southern Style Sweet Fruit Tea Three Ways in two containers
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Tips

  • This recipe makes 2 gallons of fruit tea. If you don't want to make such a big batch or don't have enough space or large-enough containers to hold it all, it's easy to cut this recipe exactly in half to yield 1 gallon.
  • If you like things less sweet, feel free to add half the amount of sugar in the beginning. You can always add more sugar to taste after stirring in the pineapple juice, frozen concentrates and water. Be sure to stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Variations

Pineapple Iced Tea

4 quarts boiling water

16 tea bags

2 cups granulated sugar

4 cups pineapple juice

Garnish: fresh pineapple ring halves, lemon wedges, or mint leaves

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. Remove the tea bags (squeeze them to extract the extra flavor) and add the 2 cups of sugar and 4 cups of pineapple juice. Stir until sugar dissolves. Chill before serving.


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

Garnish: fresh orange or lemon wedges and mint leaves

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. Remove the tea bags, squeezing them to extract all of the flavor. Pour the tea into a large pitcher with the 4 cups of orange juice and 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, and stir to blend. Chill before serving.