Southern Lemonade Iced Tea

photo: Jennifer Davick, Southern Living Magazine

Inspired from Southern Living Magazine
A combination of two all-time favorite drinks – iced tea and lemonade. How totally refreshing! And...for those who wish to bring it up a notch, add bourbon (a Southern  favorite) or rum.


4 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
1/2 cup sugar
3 additional cups cold water
1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
Garnish: fresh citrus slices


Bring 3 cups water and sugar  to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10-15 minutes. 
Remove and discard tea bags and mint. If you want simple, classic southern iced tea, you can stop here. Just cool and serve over ice.
For lemonade iced tea: 
Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 3 additional cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Mix well.
Serve over ice. Garnish with orange slices, lime or lemon, if desired.


Yield: Makes 8 cups

More Variations:
Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon. Makes 9 cups
Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup dark rum. Makes 9 cups.

Recipes: Drinks/Spirits, Lemonade Iced Tea, Parve, Kosher

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