Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mint Fruit Tea

When I was younger I would drink gallons of fruit tea anywhere I could find dear friends, Becky and Nancy Griffith, who own Briarpatch Catering, used to bring me my separate container of their world famous, delicious fruit tea.  Without fail I would drink every last drop!  My grandmother also used to make her own version of fruit tea for the annual family reunion which was another childhood favorite.  As I have gotten older, I don't drink it as often but when I do, I want to make sure it is good!  I have combined a few different recipes and come up with my own.  Here is what I made this year for our family reunion

Ruth's Fruit Tea
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
4 large family size Lipton tea bag
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup lime juice
4 small cans pineapple juice
Fresh Mint

Fill a large pot half full with water.  Bring to a boil and stir in the sugar until it dissolves.  
Add fresh mint to the boiling water and let it for about 5-10 minutes.

Remove mint leaves with a slotted spoon. Add tea bags to the  boiling water and let steep for 20-30 minutes.  Remove pot from heat, discard tea bags, add lemonade, orange juice, lime juice and pineapple juice.  Stir to combine and transfer to serving pitchers.  Serve over ice with a sprig of mint for garnish if desired.  
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