Liven up your sweet tea recipe with this fruity version of fruit tea punch — fruit juices and fizzy ginger ale give this popular beverage a sweet kick.
Here in the South, sweet tea is king. Especially in the summer time. But sometimes I like to mix it up a bit, ya know? Deviate from the norm. Stir the pot, or in this case, the pitcher. This fruit tea punch is my sweet tea recipe jazzed up a bit with fruit juices and fizzy ginger ale. The tannins in the tea keep this beverage grounded. It’s refreshing without being overly sweet.
How to Make Fruit Tea Punch
First, you want to start with two cups of strong brewed tea that has been cooled. I used a mild, unflavored black tea because I wanted a neutral tea flavor. However, you can also try this with your favorite brand of green tea.
Next, combine two cups of granulated sugar and one cup of water in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens into a thin syrup. Remove syrup from the heat and allow to cool completely.
Finally, in a large container or pitcher, combine the syrup, tea, one cup of lemonade, 2-1/2 cups of orange juice and 2 cups of pineapple juice. Add sliced strawberries and one quart of ginger ale right before serving. I recommend letting the punch chill in the fridge for a few hours and serving it over ice.
Fruit tea punch can be served in a variety of different ways: pour it over ice in a cute Mason jar, place it in the freezer for a few hours and enjoy a nice slushy treat, or in an elegant punch bowl with sliced fruit. Substitute the ginger ale for sparkling wine or a sweet procecco and you’ve got a perfect summer time beverage for a lazy summer afternoon.
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Fruit Tea Punch
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups strong brewed tea cooled
- 1 cup lemonade
- 2 ½ cups orange juice
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 quart ginger ale
- Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to simmer until sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens into a thin syrup. Remove syrup from the heat and allow to cool completely.
- In a large container, combine syrup, tea, lemonade, and juices. Add sliced strawberries and ginger ale right before serving.
Makes 1 ½ gallons