This easy recipe can be made in 15 minutes.
In the south, sweet tea is a staple that is usually consumed with most meals. This recipe is a refreshing twist to the traditional southern sweet tea recipe our mother and grandmothers made for us. Make this for your guests at your next cookout or party. It is super easy and you can make in small or large batches.
Prepare the Simple Syrup
The first step is to put 1 quart or 4 cups of water in a small saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil on high heat. You can prep your other ingredients and chop up your mango while waiting for the water to boil. Add your mango pieces and 1 cup of sugar to the boiling water, then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes. You can mash up the mango for extra flavor. This makes a nice simple syrup which will flavor your tea.
Add Tea Bags
After 10 minutes of boiling, or longer if you want more flavor, turn off the heat and add your tea bags. Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the mixture sit long enough so you can handle without burning yourself.
Pour Syrup over Ice
Add 6 cups of ice and remaining 4 cups of water to a large glass pitcher. Pour your syrup mixture through a strainer into the pitcher to collect the mango chunks and discard. The ice will cool down your syrup and you will have a delicious, refreshing mango iced tea.
Quick & Easy Mango Sweet Tea – Southern Island Recipe
This is the way our mother and grandmother made it. You can make large batches of this tea quickly by starting with small batches of flavored syrup and tea. Just add more tea bags and for the tea strength you desire, then pour the syrup over water and ice to cool off the syrup.
- 2 quarts water (divided)
- 2 ripe mangos (peeled and diced)
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 regular sized tea bags (or 2 large tea bags)
- 6 cups ice
- 1 lemon squeezed (optional)
Start by making a flavored simple syrup mixture by boiling 1 quart of water in as small saucepan. Add the diced mango pieces and 1 cup of sugar. Sugar will dissolve in the boiling water. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes to incorporate the mango flavors. Turn off the stove burner, add the tea bags to your syrup and steep for another 5 minutes. Let this mixture sit and cool down to a temperature that is easier to handle.
Add plenty of ice to your serving picture and the other quart of water. You will want to strain your syrup mixture over a fine mesh strainer while pouring it over your ice to cool down the tea. Voila, your tea is complete. Add fresh squeezed lemon to taste and garnish with lemon slices, mango slices, or fresh mint leaves. Simple & Delicious!