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Summertime Tea

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 (3/4 cup each)


  • 14 cups water, divided
  • 6 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


  • 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.
  • Stir in the sugar, concentrates and remaining water. Add tequila if desired. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with mint and lemon if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without tequila): 102 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Dawn
    Aug 10, 2019

    I'd used LESS sugar since I was using lemonade concentrate! I'd also added mint before brewing the tea and I used LESS water-my measurements were 7 cups of water and 7 teabags! This tea was delicious!

  • Pookie72
    May 8, 2017

    This was sooo good! I took the other reviewers advice and added more alcohol, was a big hit with all my guests!

  • zookeeperk
    Jul 9, 2014

    Family enjoyed this refreshing tea.

  • jamielee1206
    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!

  • margojacob
    Jun 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • deansie2
    Aug 8, 2011

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

  • karlyoh
    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!

    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.

  • LeilaDK
    Jul 26, 2011

    I loved this refreshing drink, however, next time I will add more Tequila. My friends and I could hardly taste or tell that there was alcohol in it at all. If you just want something light to serve to a lot of people make it as is. If you want something with a little more kick, as I did, double the spirits.

  • lesleigh5
    Jul 25, 2011

    So refreshing! I added 3 c. tequila to this variation on Texas T to give it more of a kick. It was a hit at our dinner party.