This sparkling citrus sweet tea punch is a delicious way to share Bigelow tea with your friends and family. It is easy to make, refreshing to drink and has just enough sweetness to satisfy even the most southern sweet tea lover in your bunch. The reason the tea is so delicious is because of the effort and time that goes into growing the most amazing tea that can be found. Not to mention that it has generations of experts behind it. Bigelow tea is grown and picked by hand without pesticides. It is processed in such a way that it is second to none when it compares to other types of tea. The tea in the bag is dried, fermented whole leaves and not “tea dust” that you might find in other brands. The flavor is without compare and the proof is in the tea and in your glass or cup.
I hope you give this sparkling citrus sweet tea punch a try for your next barbecue, party celebration or just because, and I hope you love it!
Making this delicious sparkling citrus sweet tea punch is easy! Start with four Bigelow Constant Comment tea bags, two Orange and Spice Bigelow herbal tea bags and two Lemon Ginger herbal tea bags. Heat 1 quart of water to boiling. I used my electric kettle, but you should use what you have available. Place the tea bags in a quart jar or other vessel large enough to receive the water. Place the tea bags in the jar and then pour over the hot water. Allow the tea bags to steep for at least an hour. Allowing them to steep to room temperature is best to achieve the proper concentration to make the punch. You always want to start by steeping tea to make the perfect iced tea. The reason is because you will get the best flavor and benefits from the tea by brewing in hot water.
Bigelow Tea is a brand that I grew up with. My mother is a die-hard lover of this brand of tea and I never remember a time when it was not in our kitchen cupboard. Fast forward to my own kitchen today and you will find that we, myself, my husband and two almost grown daughters are also lovers of tea. Hot, cold and in between. We always have tea in the fridge and in our cups. We drink it to start and end our day and all hours in between. It makes me happy to open my tea box and find the individually wrapped foil packets of Bigelow tea waiting for me to choose from. I think we have had nearly every flavor they offer at one time or another. My favorite growing up and still today is their Mint Medley. My mother still has a deep affection for Earl Grey and my girls love anything with lemon, orange, or cinnamon. The same goes for my husband.
Not only am I a life long brand lover of Bigelow Tea, I also know that they support the United States Military and as many of you know that is a topic close to my heart. My husband, having been in the Air Force for 20 years retired with disabled status 14 years ago. We love to know that the companies we support also support us and our troops and they are a supporter of the USO. That goes a long way with us. Especially with Memorial Day coming up I could not be happier to share a post featuring this tea. So Tea Proudly when you serve Bigelow tea all year round.
4 Bigelow “Constant Comment” tea bags
2 Bigelow Orange & Spice Herbal Tea Bags
2 Bigelow Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea Bags
4 cups boiling water for steeping tea
2 cups simple syrup
Summer is on the way and so are celebrations like graduations, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Not to mention all those back-yard barbecues you will either have or be invited to. When you are planning or attending there is nothing more refreshing that iced tea to keep hydrated and to enhance your meal. Today I want to share with you a delicious recipe for sparkling citrus sweet tea punch that you can make or take to your next barbecue, picnic, or celebration.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Make simple syrup by combining 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup hot or boiling water. Stir well to dissolve sugar. Allow to chill.
Steep tea bags in boiling water until it reaches room temperature. This will create a tea concentrate for your punch. Remove tea bags and give a gentle squeeze to get out all the goodness.
Pour steeped tea into your punch bowl or serving vessel.
Add prepared simple syrup.
Add juices and sparkling water. Stir well to combine.
Add lemon and orange slices to the punch for garnish.
Add ice to your serving vessel to keep things nice and cold.
Serve over ice with a citrus wheel garnish if desired.
NOTE: If you prefer to have a sweeter punch, you can substitute the sparkling water for a two-liter bottle of your favorite lemon lime soda or ginger ale.
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2 cups orange juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup lemon juice
2 quarts (8 cups) sparkling water
Lemon and orange slices
Ice for keeping cold and for serving
Once the tea concentrate is ready, you can begin to create this refreshing punch. I have used simple syrup in my punch. You can easily create this by bringing equal parts of water and sugar to a boil and making sure the sugar crystals are completely dissolved. Allow this to come to room temperature and it is ready to use. Simple syrup is great to have on hand during the summer months to make homemade sweet tea whenever you want it. The magic beings when you add orange, lemon and pineapple juice to the tea along with sparkling water, ice and fresh citrus slices for garnish as well as more flavor. I have done this in a large jar dispenser, but this can also easily be served by the pitcher full and refreshed as needed. Make sure you have plenty of ice and additional citrus to garnish glasses or in my case pint sized mason jars, which are easy to find and much more durable than you might think.
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