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Lemonade Sweet Tea

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnishes: halved orange slices, lemon balm

How to Make It

  1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

  2. Discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

  3. Spiked Lemonade Sweet Tea: Prepare Lemonade Sweet Tea recipe as directed. Stir in 1 cup bourbon or 1 cup spiced dark rum just before serving. Garnish with fresh sugarcane and fresh pineapple slices, if desired.

  4. Ginger-and-Honey Sweet Tea: Prepare Southern Sweet Tea recipe as directed, omitting sugar and stirring in 1/2 cup honey and 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.