Friday, May 27, 2011

Spiked Pineapple Sweet Tea

Hello again foodie friends and welcome back to Friday.  Growing up, we always had one beverage staple on the table.  For y’all from the South, you know what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about sweet tea.  There are a lot of teas out there; sun tea, hot tea, green tea, chai tea but none of these are the real deal according to Southern standards.

You can only imagine my chagrin the first time I ordered sweet tea down here in South Florida and the waitress told me that they only had unsweetend iced tea and there is sugar on the table.  What the heck is that? Well, I only serve sweet tea; my Grandma would NOT understand if I brewed anything else.

Memorial day makes me think of grilling and chilling outdoors and no outdoor party is complete without sweet tea.  Well here’s what happens when that beautiful brewed beverage meets a fruity cocktail.  This drink will surely keep you cool in the heat and keep you coming back to the pitcher for more.

-The Hubs

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Spiked Pineapple Sweet Tea


6 1/2 cups water, divided
8 tea bags
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups rum
2/3 cup lemon juice


Bring 4 cups of the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and steep tea bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar until dissolved. Add remaining water until there are 6 cups total of sweet tea mixture (you may have to add extra to account for the water that evaporated when boiling). Allow tea to cool completely.

Combine sweet tea, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and rum into a 1 gallon pitcher and stir well. Refrigerate or set aside until serving.

Note: Remember to stir the tea prior to pouring; alcohol has less density than tea juice and will rise to the top of pitcher and juice has more density than tea and will settle at the bottom of pitcher.

In a tall glass, add in 4 or more mint leaves and gently muddle (don’t mash or tear, just press lightly with a spoon or muddle). Add in lots of ice and pour in sweet tea and give it one last stir.


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15 Responses to “Spiked Pineapple Sweet Tea”

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — May 27, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    wow these look so delicious! and you’re such a beautiful ladayyy! 😀

    • Kristina replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

      aww you are THE sweetest!

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    Shawnda — May 27, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    Yay for Cocktail Fridays! I love the idea of the rum and pineapple in sweet tea.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 27, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    My best friend is from Georgia, and always has Sweet Tea – she would LOVE this!

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    The Minister — May 27, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    That’s the secret, grand adventure of the infamous Mrs. Kristina. You spent three days lying on a beach drinking rum? … a little Jack Sparrow joke in case you don’t get the reference.

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    Helena Spensatelli — May 27, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    Yum, that sounds like a perfect combination. We always have a pitcher of sweet tea in the fridge and I just bought some pineapple juice. Plus, we’ve got lots of mint growing (it’s hard to get rid of once it’s gotten started)… sounds like I’m all set to make a few cocktails! 😉

    • Kristina replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

      try it out! it’s SO refreshing!

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    Stephanie @ LiveCookLove — May 27, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    It was great meeting you last weekend at BlogHerFood!! I love your blog 🙂 It’s adorable and I can’t wait to make some of your recipes and follow along on your journey!

    • Kristina replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      same to you Stephanie!!

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    Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs — May 27, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    This sounds like just what I need after a long week. I may just have to make a batch of this soon.

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    Natalie — May 28, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    really wish i could drink one of these babies!

    • Kristina replied: — June 3rd, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      t-minus 7 months (plus some odd weeks) and counting right?? 🙂

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    kita — May 30, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Im down with any reason to spike sweet tea! This sounds delicious.

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    Kate@Diethood — June 1, 2011 @ 11:20 pm

    Spiked tea? I’m IN! 🙂 That looks so inviting.

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    Katha — October 2, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Just saw the recipe last week and tried it. It’s so great! Just had it again tonight. Had to use up the leftover pineapple juice, right? 😉 Even my husband liked it a lot and he’s not so into cocktails. So I guess, you’ve got two more fans from Germany. 🙂

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