A refreshing drink any time of the year, southern tropical fruit tea is a lovely sweet tea without all the processed sugar of classic sweet tea. I first encountered tea with fruit juice way back in the 1990s when I tried a Martha Stewart recipe for Fruity Tea Punch and loved it. Since then, I will often just put a splash of fruit juice into my glass of unsweetened iced tea. I’ve sweetened my tea with apple juice, pineapple juice, and grape juice.
When I started seeing recipes for southern fruit tea, I was intrigued! Most of the recipes add pineapple juice, orange juice concentrate and lemonade and tea in large quantities. I’m the only one drinking tea in my house, so I like to make a small pitcher. That’s how I came up with this recipe. You’ll get four cups of fruit tea with these amounts, which fills about two tea glasses.
The only thing to remember is to allow enough time for the tea to cool before adding the fruit juice. Cooling can take 20 minutes to a half hour, or you can cool the tea in the refrigerator or freezer (don’t forget it)! Once the tea is cool though, you can just stir in the two juices and serve! Of course the recipe can be doubled or tripled (or whatever!) to serve more people.
This is a perfect drink for kids and adults alike. It’s great for taking along on picnics or backyard cookouts – just give it a little stir before serving.
Try using some of your favorite teas and juices for unique combinations! A cinnamon tea or mint tea would add a great flavor undertone. You can also decrease the amount of juice used, if you want the flavor of the tea to come through more. Experiment and let me know what you come up with!
Some people add a little sugar to the tea, but I find the juice sweetens it enough.
Serve this fruit tea for the summer holidays with a mint garnish or a twist of lemon, lime, or orange slices.