Whether it’s high school, college, or an advanced degree, graduating from school and preparing to move on to the next stage of life is a momentous occasion. While the act of walking across the stage and accepting the diploma is what makes this celebratory moment “official,” for many graduates the most exciting event is the party afterwards.
Gathering with friends and family members to enjoy good food, drinks, music, and company is the perfect way to celebrate your loved one’s accomplishments. Many families choose to host the event in their own backyard, while others might head to a local park or even rent out a restaurant space.
Whichever venue you choose, keep in mind that you’re going to need plenty of icy cold beverages to help your guests stay cool in the hot summer weather. While cocktails and soda are always popular party choices, one refreshing drink that your friends and family members are sure to appreciate is flavorful, thirst-quenching iced tea.
From fruity and floral to tropical and sweet, any of the 3 recipes below will be an instant hit among your guests.
1. Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea with Sliced Fruit
For the ultimate summery concoction, serve up a pitcher of tangy, floral Hibiscus Sangria Iced Tea with sliced fresh fruit. Inspired by traditional Spanish sangria and made with premium Nigerian hibiscus flowers and real fruit, this full-bodied herbal blend is perfect for sipping on a sultry summer afternoon or evening.
Elevate this refreshing beverage by adding slices of fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, oranges, or apples. The fruit will add additional sweetness and flavor complexity to this already-delightful drink.
2. Watermelon Mint Iced Tea Cooler
Is there any flavor that better complements a backyard bash in the summertime than watermelon? Our Watermelon Mint Iced Tea combines the smooth, rich taste of fine black tea with the naturally sweet flavor of sun-ripened watermelon and cool mint.
Prepare the tea according to package directions. Meanwhile, slice fresh watermelon into one-inch cubes, or use a cookie cutter to create pieces in fun shapes. Allow the sliced watermelon to chill in the freezer, then add the frozen cubes to the tea and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint.
3. Mango Coconut Water Iced Tea Spritzer
The refreshing, vibrant flavors of hydrating coconut water, exotic mango, and green rooibos tea leaves come together in this sumptuous Mango Coconut Water Iced Tea blend.
To create a cooling spritzer with flavors reminiscent of the tropics, steep the tea according to package directions. Then add four ounces of sparkling water, and your preferred quantity of fresh or frozen mango spears or chunks. If desired, add a sprig or two of fresh mint.
How to Prepare Iced Tea for a Graduation Party
Steeping tea for your party is made easy with our large tea pouches, designed specifically with gatherings in mind. Simply boil 2 cups of water, then add to a heat-safe pitcher along with one tea pouch. Allow the tea to steep for around 5 minutes before removing the pouch. Then stir in one heaping cup of ice, and allow to melt completely. Add a final cup of water, and you’re done!
This recipe yields one quart of tea – perfect for filling a small beverage dispenser or pitcher. For larger parties, you may require a greater quantity of tea. To brew a gallon, simply multiply the recipe above by four.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or a full-blown event, your guests are sure to love these iced tea recipes that are as delectable as they are hydrating. Happy graduation!