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10 Refreshing Sweet Tea Recipes With a New Twist

Try these uncommon sweet tea recipes at your next outdoor shindig to delight and indulge your guests.

Everybody has their own way of making sweet tea. While some may subscribe to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy on sweet tea recipes, we think that a fun and delicious remix of an old favorite is always in fashion. And the wonderful thing about sweet tea? Just about everything goes will with it.

Cruise through this listing of some of the most refreshing and thirst-quenching sweet tea recipes we could find. Then get creative and try your hand at mixing up the next party favorite. You never know, you could invent the next Arnold Palmer!

1. The Loveless Cafe’s Fruit Tea Punch

Pretty much anything made at the Loveless Cafe is going to be a surefire hit at your party. The Loveless offers their own spin on a southern favorite, fruit tea. Fruit tea is typically made with black tea and various fruit nectars, but the fine folks at Loveless give us a thriftier version of the recipe that utilizes lemon and orange concentrates.

Get the recipe here.

2. Five Minute Raspberry Iced Tea

Got guests coming over like, right now, and don’t have time to come up with petit fours and hors d’oeuvres, let alone create a unique, delicious beverage to go along with it all? Enter the five minute raspberry tea. You’ll need two things – raspberries and some cold brew Lipton tea bags. Muddle the raspberries, dump them in your pitcher, add the tea bags and some cold water. In five minutes, you’ll be ready to pour it over ice and impress your last minute guests.

Get the full recipe here.

3. Sweet Tea Mint Juleps

If “spiked” drinks are more your cup of tea, check out this drool-worthy Sweet Tea Mint Julep recipe. Nothing is more cooling than mint on a hot day, and when paired with sweet tea and bourbon, you really can’t go wrong. Another reason why it’s awesome, you don’t need the bourbon at all for it to taste amazing. You can make fancy little alcoholic versions for the kids, splash a little Maker’s Mark into the adult’s glasses, and everyone wins.

Get the recipe here.

4. Watermelon Sweet Tea

Probably one of the most uncommon recipes we ran into, Watermelon Sweet Tea blends a tall glass of refreshment with the most popular summer treat – fresh watermelon! Even more fun, garnish the glass with a slice. Requiring just three ingredients and a blender, it doesn’t get much easier to make.

Get the recipe here.

5. Blueberry Arnold Palmer

Another refreshing twist on a classic is the Blueberry Arnold Palmer from A Beautiful Mess. We love this recipe because, again, it’s so simple! It’s just sweet tea, lemonade, and a handful of blueberries. For extra cold refreshment, freeze your blueberries first. Et voila!

Get this recipe and other Arnold Palmers here.

6. Raspberry Peach Iced Tea

Peach Iced Tea is another southern staple. And anytime you can add fresh peaches to your tea, take the time to do it. This Raspberry Peach Iced Tea has a little extra kick of tartness that offsets the buttery sweet peaches. This recipe requires a little more time to prepare: You’ll want to put your fruit and agave sweetener in a blender, and then strain it in order to collect the sweet nectar from the fruit juices. Well worth the extra effort.

Get the recipe here.

7. Strawberry Iced Tea

Spring is strawberry season, so let’s put our strawberries to good use in a great tea. Again, the preparation is as simple as it gets. Blend the berries into a paste, strain out the seeds, and mix together with your tea and lemon. Tangy and sweet, and cute as can be! Who could resist these adorable pink drinks?

Get the recipe here.

8. Hibiscus Arnold Palmer

The calming effects of hibiscus tea paired with summer lemonade and a rocking chair on the front porch will surely make for a relaxing evening get together. We love this recipe because it utilizes hibiscus tea instead of the traditional black tea. Simply brew your tea, mix it with lemonade, sit back on the porch swing with some good company and enjoy.

Get the recipe here.

9. Almond Sweet Tea

This sweet tea tastes like a wedding cake. Wedding cake in sweet tea form? Yes, please. All you need is your favorite brand of tea bags and a couple drops of almond extract. We suggest adding milk or half and half for even more creamy, cakey goodness. It’s so indulgent you’ll feel like you’re cheating on something.

Get the recipe here.

10. Peach Mango Sweet White Tea

Mango season is short and sweet, so it’s a good thing this recipe calls for frozen mango pieces. Chop up your mangos and your peaches into little cubes, sprinkle with sugar, and let sit in a bowl while you wait for your white tea to cool. The sugar will soften up your fruit a little bit while pulling out their fruity juices. When the tea is cool, mix in your fruit, some sugar (as much or as little as you like), and enjoy an exceptionally light and fruity sweet tea.

Get the recipe here.

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