Perfectly sweet and packed with tropical flavors, this tropical iced tea is so easy to make and always a refreshing treat!
We’re giving a classic summer drink the easiest, yet most game-changer makeover today!
Everyone loves a good iced tea, but did you know it’s SO easy to spruce up this southern drink classic? Enter, all the tropical flavors.
A little fresh orange, lemon, and pineapple juice take this tea to new levels and transform it into an incredible summer drink that no one will be able to get enough of!
No one will believe that you made it from scratch either because it tastes like one of those specialty iced teas you would pay $5 a bottle for.
It’ll be our little secret that this tea is actually the most simple drink ever to make at home for super cheap.
This Iced Tea features…
- A smooth and refreshing tea flavor
- Lots of fresh citrus and pineapple juice
- Minutes to make and easy to make big batches
Making the Iced Tea
(scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe)
Ingredients You Will Need
- Black tea
- Granulated sugar
- Pineapple juice
Choosing Your Tea
We recommend choosing a black tea for this recipe. We found that a variety of black teas work great, but they will vary depending on the flavor profile you’re going for.
For a light and fruity tea flavor, we love an earl grey black tea. This pairs especially well with the fruit juice flavors in the iced tea.
If you’re going for a floral flavor, oolong tea is also another favorite and pairs great with the citrus in this recipe.
Tips for Perfect Iced Tea
- Make tea concentrate – to make the concentrate, you’re going to pour boiling water over all your tea bags and allow to steep 3-5 minutes.
- Add sugar to concentrate – this will help the sugar dissolve into the tea perfectly.
- Use a heat-proof container for concentrate – because you’re pouring boiling water to steep the tea, it’s important to use a heat-proof container to prevent melting or cracking.
- Use fresh lemon and orange – you can’t beat the fresh flavors this citrus provides.
- Sweeten tea to taste – we recommend starting with 1/3 cup sugar for the 6 (8 oz) servings this recipe yields, but you can easily scale this up if you like your tea sweeter.
Try these ideas for a different twist on this recipe!
- Try different citrus – grapefruit or lime in place of the orange and lemon would be great in this tea.
- Use another tropical fruit juice – mango, guava, or passionfruit nectar would be a delicious replacement for the pineapple juice.
Storing Iced Tea
This tea will store great in the refrigerator for about 1 week. We recommend storing it in mason jars and then serving over ice with fresh mint and orange/lemon slices for serving.
Tea lover or not, you’re absolutely going to adore this tropical twist on iced tea! It’s so refreshing and sort of tastes like an upscale version of an Arnold Palmer tea.
But obviously SO much better and refreshing as heck!
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Tropical Iced Tea
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- 6 bags black tea
- 1/3-1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 cups water, divided
- Juice from 1 orange
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- Fresh mint and additional orange/lemon slices for serving, optional
- Place tea bags and 1/3 cup sugar in a heat-proof container. Bring 3 cups water to a boil and pour over tea. Allow to steep 3-5 minutes, then remove tea bags and stir tea well to dissolve sugar. Allow tea to cool.
- Combine tea, remaining 2 cups cold water, orange juice, lemon juice, and pineapple juice in a pitcher and stir well. Sweeten tea with additional sugar to taste if desired.
- To serve, pour tea over ice and top with fresh mint and citrus slices if desired. Enjoy!
This post was updated with new recipe adjustments and photos on 8/18/23.