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
18 to 24 tea bags
1 1/2 quarts water
2 cups granulated sugar
48 ounces pineapple juice
12 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
12 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate
Lemon, for garnish, optional
Mint leaves, for garnish, optional
Gather the ingredients.
Place 18 to 24 tea bags in bowl or pitcher. Pour 1 1/2 quarts of boiling water over tea bags.
Add 2 cups of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Let tea bags steep in sugar water for several hours or overnight.
Squeeze tea bags to wring out extra flavor before discarding.
Pour tea into a large bowl or pot. Add cans of pineapple juice, frozen orange juice, and lemonade.
Stir until the concentrate has thawed.
Pour equal amounts into 2 (1-gallon) jugs.
Add cold water to each jug to fill and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours. Shake well before serving. Garnish as desired.
- 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.
Pineapple Iced Tea
4 quarts boiling water
16 tea bags
2 cups granulated sugar
4 cups pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple ring halves, lemon wedges, or mint leaves, for garnish
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
Fresh orange or lemon wedges and mint leaves, for garnish
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.