Summertime Tea Recipe
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Summertime Tea Recipe

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You can’t have a summer gathering around here without this sweet tea to cool you down. It’s wonderful for sipping while basking by the pool.—Angela Lively, Baxter, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 14 cups water, divided
  • 6 individual black tea bags
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 3/4 cup thawed lemonade concentrate
  • 1 cup tequila, optional
  • Fresh mint leaves and lemon or lime slices, optional

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without tequila mint an: 102 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (26g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard tea bags.
  2. Stir in the sugar, concentrates and remaining water. Add tequila if desired. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with mint and lemon if desired. Yield: 18 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Summertime Tea in Taste of Home August/September 2011, p29

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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"Family enjoyed this refreshing tea."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"A fun recipe for a hot day! I cut sugar in half (otherwise it is overwhelmingly sweet!) and and bump up the tequila to 1.5cups. Delicious!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"We used 2-1/2 cups of tequila and left everything else the same. Delish!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"I agree with the others in that this recipe does not pack much of a punch for cocktail hour but it tastes great!"

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

" all I can say! A co-worker told us about this recipe, and without a doubt I knew I needed to try it."

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