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.
It’s 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 not overly sweet. It can also 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, in an elegant punch bowl with sliced fruit, or sub the ginger ale for sparkling wine or a sweet procecco and you’ve got a perfect summer time beverage for a lazy summer afternoon.
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