Sweet southern Cherry Iced Tea made with cherry simple syrup, honey, and Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea. Served with fresh fruit, and ice cubes on a hot summer day.
Iced sweet tea is a southern staple. It isn’t just a drink. In the south, it’s a culture in a glass. Once you make your own variety of sweet tea flavors, you’ll never go back to drinking only sweet tea because fruit flavors are everything this time of year!
If sweet tea is your identity, you’ll love this Cherry Iced Tea with homemade cherry simple syrup. It pairs perfectly with Milo’s Tea to add a truly delicious fresh brewed taste to this drink. The Milo’s Tea features natural ingredients with no preservatives, which makes it one of my go-to drink to serve for summer.
Simple syrup is called simple syrup because it’s easy to make. All it needs is equal parts sugar and water. This is where I like to get creative. You can substitute the frozen cherries for any other frozen fruit, like frozen blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. Also, you can use any fresh fruit that’s in season, if you’d like.
This cherry simple syrup only takes 10 minutes to make and that’s why I like to pair it with chilled with Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea. Once the simple syrup is done, it just needs to be poured into a pitcher with ice and Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea. It couldn’t be any easier to make! Y’all, Milo’s makes the best tea in the south. I’ve been serving their pre-made tea products since I moved to New Orleans five years ago.
My favorite way to serve up sweet tea in the summer is in mason jars with resealable lids. Sweet tea served in mason jars is convenient for barbecues or summer parties because they are easy to transport and go perfectly with smoked meat, potluck dishes, and fruit desserts. I like to fill up a big galvanized metal beverage tub with ice and toss a variety mason jar teas into the beverage bucket.
This is the perfect occasion to try out new simple syrup recipes with different fruit and Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea. We’ll also serve a few unsweet teas as well as Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea. This way, you’ll have all the drinks you’ll need for your party!
What I love about Milo’s Tea is that it’s sweetened with pure cane sugar and the unsweet tea is perfectly brewed black tea with no sweetener added. It has been a southern staple since I moved here a few years ago and I always have it stocked in my fridge. This summer, I’ll be serving a variety of Milo’s Tea products that include options like unsweetened tea, and pure cane sugar sweet tea. Milo’s Tea Company is a third generation family and certified woman-owned business located in Alabama. Milo’s started as a restaurant in 1946 by Milo and Bea Carlton after returning from serving his country in World War II. Their philosophy was to use high quality, fresh, natural ingredients that never sacrifice taste that their customers desired.
The company continues to source only natural ingredients and freshly brews all their teas. They never have added colors, acids, additives or preservatives. If you’re looking to impress your guests, be sure to head to the store and pick up this high-quality, award-winning tea.
This Cherry Sweet Tea couldn’t be any easier to prepare. It’s made with Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea, cherries, sugar, honey, and ice. Milo’s Tea is carried throughout a lot of grocery stores in the south and I know my mom can even get it in the Mid-West. I found Milo’s at my local Winn-Dixie in the refrigerated juice section but they are available in lots of retailers. Find a store near you by using the store locator.
This Cherry Sweet Tea is the perfect drink to share with loved ones this season. Large batches can be made ahead of time in a pitcher and served the next day.
Cherry Iced Tea
- 2 pounds frozen dark sweet cherries
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 teaspoons cherry or strawberry extract, for added flavor optional
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 gallon Milo's Unsweet Tea
- cherries, to garnish
- pineapple chunks, to garnish
- sliced strawberries, to garnish
- cranberries, to garnish
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, optional to add mint flavor
- 4 cups ice cubes
- In a medium saucepan, heat frozen cherries, and water. Heat and stir occasionally; about 8 minutes.If you'd like a mint taste to your ice tea, add 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves; this is optional.Whisk in granulated sugar. Remove from heat and whisk until dissolved; about 2 minutes. Strain syrup over a fine mesh strainer. Discard fruit and keep liquid. Stir in 1 teaspoon cherry or strawberry extract for added flavor.Allow cherry simple syrup to cool.Pour 1 gallon Milo's Famous Unsweet Tea into a pitcher with 3-4 cups of ice. Stir in cherry simple syrup and honey. More unsweet tea can be added for less sweetness. More sugar can be added for more sweetness.Garnish with fresh pineapple, cherries, cranberries, and mint.Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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