This recipe for a refreshing fruit tea punch is a treat I remember from living in the south. Great for a brunch, baby, or bridal shower punch. Try it alone or with your favorite liquor.
When we lived in Nashville for a short time we enjoyed some of the best fried chicken and barbecue I've ever tasted. And of course, I had tasted those delicious items before, to know that these were really good. However, one thing that I never had before was Fruit Tea. Not to be confused with Sweet Tea, this recipe is sweetened with real fruit juice, and pretty adaptable to suit your preference.
I'm not a big fan of iced tea. It's a little bitter tasting, and adding lots of sugar to it just doesn't help. However, I really love the flavor of this drink, with the added benefit of caffeine, from the black tea.
How to Make Southern Fruit Tea
You start with brewing regular tea bags like you were making tea. I used Lipton black tea here.
Let cool and pour into a pitcher.
Then you add the fruity flavor with fruit juice concentrate and lemonade. Some recipes also add sugar, but you really don't need it. You also don't need to use concentrates. Bottled juice or freshly squeezed juice would be fantastic in this drink.
My husband often orders an Arnold Palmer when we go out to eat, which is a 50-50 mix of iced tea (usually unsweetened) and lemonade. This is very similar only you add orange juice, and pineapple juice in addition to lemonade. Some also add a touch of cinnamon.
It's really that simple.
Serve the fruit tea with lemon slices and fresh mint for a fancy refreshing drink to enjoy at home or offer to your guests.
Refreshing Fruit Tea Recipe
- 4 bags of black tea steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes
- 6 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate
- 6 oz can of orange-pineapple frozen concentrate
- Steep four black tea bags into 4 cups of boiling water.
- Let cool, then pour into a 2 quart (1/2 gallon) pitcher.
- Add lemonade and orange-pineapple frozen concentrate.
- Stir until all the frozen concentrate is mixed in.
- Add water to fill.
- Serve on ice and garnish with lemon slice and mint.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.