Lemonade Sweet Tea

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

Yield: Makes about 8 cups
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes


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

Preparation

  1. 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. 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.
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