Refreshing brewed iced tea is combined with wine and seasonal fruit for a perfect party drink.
This weekend I’ll be hosting my first official house party. I’m quite excited but also nervous. I decided to make everything myself, which is a daunting task as I’ve never prepared a meal for so many people before.
I’ve been racking my brain, my recipe index and my pinterest boards for inspiration for dishes. There’s about a million things I’d like to do, but I know I physically just won’t have the time. So I’m trying to concentrate on creative ideas that are also relatively stress-free.
One item I plan on serving is Iced Tea Sangria. This is my test-run, and I loved the result. It’s also super simple to put together. All you need is your favorite tea, either red or white wine, honey (or other liquid sweetener of your choice), and fresh chopped fruit. The initial idea was given to me by Art of Tea. Their version is more kid-friendly as it doesn’t have any alcohol, but I couldn’t imagine a sangria without alcohol so made an adults only version.
I recently was sent some complimentary samples from Art of Tea. They even sent me a pretty pitcher to make their iced tea in. I’ve been using them whenever I have a large group over, like when my family was in town over Memorial weekend. I really enjoy all three fruit infused tea flavors I was given. I am going to be using the passionfruit jasmine this weekend at my house party.
I love sangrias, and this twist by adding iced tea is so delicious. I love how pretty these drinks come out with all the fruit in season now.
Iced Tea Sangria
4 cups fresh brewed iced tea (I used passionfruit jasmine)
2 cups white wine (you can also use red)
honey or simple syrup (to taste; my friends liked it very sweet so I used between 1/2 to 1 cup of simple syrup)
2 cups chopped fresh fruit (I used strawberries, nectarines and mangoes)
Note: If you use honey, heat it in the microwave for a few seconds so that it dissolves in the sangria easier. To make your own simple syrup, boil 1 cup water with 1 cup granulated white sugar until sugar is dissolved. then let syrup cool a little before adding in to tea/wine mixture.
Combine tea, wine and honey (or simple syrup) until honey is dissolved and sangria reaches desired sweetness. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, add in fresh fruit. Serve chilled, over ice.