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Summertime Tea Recipe

Summertime Tea Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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Pookie72 User ID: 8446248 265685
Reviewed 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 User ID: 819663 197329
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"Family enjoyed this refreshing tea."

jamielee1206 User ID: 5082486 192521
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!"

deansie2 User ID: 4516273 118709
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

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

karlyoh User ID: 1369764 150716
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!"

SSUUEE User ID: 6126042 197328
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."

LeilaDK User ID: 1657208 195353
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6116448 192520
Reviewed 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."

blberger User ID: 1471816 118213
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"We have been in a major heat wave. I made this today and took it to a pool party. Everyone loved it - extremely refreshing and delicious!"

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