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Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime

We had a party a couple weeks ago for Chris’s birthday. I made a cake. It was delicious. If you missed my last post about the party and the Chocolate Cake with Tea-Infused Berry Frosting you should check it out. 

Are you back? Great. Then you know we kept the food for this party fairly simple except for the cake. 

Well… and the drink.

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime - Beginning with Bergamot

I really wanted to make a summery drink for this party. Plus, we have a 2 gallon drink dispenser that was just begging to be used. Unless you have a family of 20, you know that huge drink dispenser isn’t getting used too often. Now was its chance...

After some trial and error testing different proportions of tea and juice and sugar and lime, I came up with a drink that was just sweet enough with plenty of tartness. I really don’t like my drinks excessively sweet. I would be a terrible southern belle. No sweet tea for me please.

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime - Beginning with Bergamot

I landed on a delicious concoction of Raspberry Balsamico Herbal Tea from Teavana, fresh grapefruit juice and lime juice. 

The Raspberry Balsamico Tea is incredibly flavorful. The tea itself contains raspberries, grapes, blueberries and strawberries mixed with juniper berries, elderberries and red currants. Rose petals, hibiscus flowers and balsamic vinegar round out the flavors. It’s a very fruit forward tea and perfect for Chris’s birthday since he loves raspberries. 

I’ve been on a bit of a grapefruit kick lately so I knew that grapefruit juice was going to make it into the mix. Palomas for me please. 

And lime just seemed like a given. 

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime - Beginning with Bergamot

One thing I knew all along was that this was going to be a non-alcoholic drink. If you want friends to drive home safely from your party make sure they have a good option to do that. Plus, this drink works well with a variety of alcohols. Just put rum, gin and vodka next to your drink dispenser and guests can make their own fun.

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime - Beginning with Bergamot

Some things to know about this drink:

  • The tea is made close to double proof. This is on purpose. We add so much ice to this mixture that the overall flavor evens out in the end.
  • Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is pretty tart which is why there’s a decent amount of sugar in this recipe. It sounds like a lot but I promise, it isn’t overly sweet.
  • If you can’t find fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, go ahead and use what you can find. Just make sure to use less added sugar since your grapefruit juice is likely to already be sweetened.
Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime - Beginning with Bergamot

Raspberry Grapefruit Iced Tea with Lime

Makes enough for a 2 gallon drink dispenser.


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