Pineapple-Basil Tea

Give that classic sweet tea a little makover. Slightly tropical, and fully delicious, this Pineapple-Basil Tea is going to have guests going back for a second glass.

Pineapple-Basil Tea
Photo: Iain Bagwell
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
10 cups


  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 cups water

  • 8 regular-size black tea bags

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 6 cups cold water


  1. Bring chopped fresh pineapple, sugar, and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring often, 10 minutes. Cool slightly; process in a blender. Pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a 1-gal. container. Bring 3 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat in a saucepan. Add tea bags; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes. Discard tea bags, and stir tea into pineapple mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil and 6 cups cold water. Serve over ice.

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