Refreshing Fruit Tea Recipe

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When we lived in Nashville for a short time we enjoyed some of the best fried chicken and barbecue I’ve ever tasted. And of course, I had tasted those delicious items before, to know that these were really good. However, one thing that I never had before was Fruit Tea. Not to be confused with Sweet Tea, this fruit tea recipe is sweetened with real fruit juice, and pretty  adaptable to suit your preference.

Refreshing Fruit Tea

Glass of Fruit Tea ~ Fruit Tea ~

I’m not  big fan of iced tea. It’s a little bitter tasting, and adding lots of sugar to it just doesn’t help. However, I really love the flavor of Fruit Tea, with the added benefit of caffeine, from the black tea.

Tea bags in kettle ~ Fruit Tea ~

You start with brewing regular tea bags like you were making tea. I used Lipton black tea here.

Brew Black Tea ~ Fruit Tea ~

Let cool and pour into a pitcher.

Pitcher of Fruit Tea ~ Fruit Tea ~

Then you add the fruity flavor with fruit juice concentrate and lemonade. Some recipes also add sugar, but you really don’t need it.

My husband sometimes orders an Arnold Palmer when we go out to eat, which is a mix of iced tea and lemonade. This is very similar only you add orange juice too. Often you’ll see pineapple juice and other similar ingredients.

Glass of Fruit Tea with lemon and mint ~ Fruit Tea ~

It’s really that simple.

Serve the fruit tea with lemon slices and fresh mint for a fancy refreshing drink to serve your guests.


Refreshing Fruit Tea Recipe

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Serves: 2 quarts

  • 4 bags of black tea steeped in boiling water for 5 minutes
  • 6 oz can of lemonade frozen concentrate
  • 6 oz can of orange-pineapple frozen concentrate
  1. Steep four black tea bags into 4 cups of boiling water.
  2. Let cool, then pour into a 2 quart pitcher.
  3. Add lemonade and orange-pineapple frozen concentrate.
  4. Stir until all the frozen concentrate is mix in.
  5. Add water to fill.
  6. Serve on ice with lemon slice and mint.


This recipe for a refreshing fruit tea drink is something I never had until I lived in the south. Try is alone or with your favorite liquor.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Oh my goodness, Patti! Your fruit tea sounds so delicious and refreshing! This would be the perfect cocktail on a hot summer night! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  2. This looks delicious, Patti. We adore iced tea here – mostly sweet. Sometimes we mix in lemonade, but the concentrate would make it so much more flavorful. I can’t wait to give this a try – perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

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