Orange Vanilla Iced Tea


First, I want to start out by saying, I know it is Winter. My kids have been out of school for two days now due to snow. BUT…I am a Southerner and we believe in drinking Iced Tea year around. You can always save this until Spring/Summer if you can’t bring yourself to try it now.

I went to this fancy smancy Atlanta restaurant last Summer and fell in love with their specialty Orange Vanilla Iced Tea. I did my best to figure out the recipe….I think I got it pretty close.

I will once again remind you I am a true Southerner- I like my tea sweet- very sweet. Of course the sugar can be adapted to taste.



Black Tea (Iced Tea)

Sugar (I use a cup)

One Orange (Sliced)

1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

a Dash of Cinnamon




Brew your tea as you like. I boil about 2-2 1/2 cups of water in the microwave and then add my tea bag. Let steep for about 5 minutes.  In the meantime slice your oranges and place them at the bottom of your pitcher. Add you vanilla and cinnamon.

Remove tea bag and add your sugar and stir while the tea is still hot. (This way the sugar will dissolve.) Pour tea into pitcher and top off with water.

Serve over ice. I also like to garnish with fresh mint when I have it available. Enjoy!

And if you like it…don’t forget to pin it! (The Button to Pin is directly below)

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  1. Terri says

    Can I make this without the sugar? I don’t like sweet tea, although I used to drink it when I was younger.

        • says

          Hi Jul. I have been making tea for longer than I remember…so I no longer measure. According to the box of iced tea bags the ratio is 1 family size tea bag per quart of water. Hope that helps. -Jessica

          • jul says

            Thank you! That does help. I have been making sweet tea for a while but a little differently. This recipe sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!! Thank you 🙂

      • Michelle says

        I talked to the restaurant manager he said they boil the oranges in the water for 2 hours and then add tea bags,,vanilla and sugar then ice. I’m going to try this tomorrow .

  2. says

    I love ice tea and I’ve never tried it with oranges in it. Pinned. Would love if you came and shared this on Merry Monday Link Party tomorrow at 6pm PST. Found you through Munching Mondays.

    • says

      Hi Jillian! Haha! Yay. I am so glad a non-Southern can appreciate the AWESOMENESS that is SWEET tea. Hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by and for pinning. Have a wonderful evening. -Jessica

  3. Shantell says

    I love this recipe! I myself am a Southerner, (born and raised Georgia girl) and I love my sweet tea. Thank you very much for sharing!! And I boiled my oranges with the peels off. It tastes wonderful!

  4. Kimberly S says

    I have had tea with orange and it was really good but never thought of adding vanilla. I bet it would give it a slightly creamy taste. Sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

  5. June says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I ate at Sundial Restaurant in Atlanta after my son’s graduation and that is where I had the tea for the first time. I probably drank about 5 glasses before I left for my 3 hour drive south……Not Smart! lol Being from the South, I am also an avid fan of ‘iced tea’ and usually don’t like any alterations but this is an exception. Unbelievably good…..very light and refreshing. I wouldn’t have recognized the dash of cinnamon, however.

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