Bursting with fruit flavors thanks to the pineapple, orange, and lemon juice, this sparkling vintage Hawaiian iced tea recipe is such a refreshing non-alcoholic summer punch.
I am too young to have ever seen the Jewel Tea Man coming up the road, but I’ve heard stories about him all of my life. He was a “peddler man” as my great-grandmother would say and he stopped by houses to sell his wares at regular intervals. Lela used to love to buy tea bags and a few pantry staples from him whenever the budget allowed. Today, I’m sharing an old recipe direct from the 1929 Jewel Tea Cookbook, Mary Dunbar’s Favorite Recipes (Mary Dunbar was the chief home economist for the Jewel Tea Company).
I had to change the name of this punch, though, because in the cookbook this is referred to as Hawaiian Punch. Now, at that time there was no hyper-red punch sold on the juice aisle so this name bespoke a delicious iced tea punch with wonderful fruit flavors mixed in. The internet would be mighty confused if I used that name today, therefore I’ve renamed it Hawaiian iced tea punch.
So, what do you need to make my Hawaiian iced tea punch recipe? The ingredients are orange pekoe tea (pre-brewed in ), pineapple juice, ginger ale, lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar. You’ve also never seen such simple instructions. Basically, combine all the ingredients and serve your punch over crushed ice. That’s all there is to it. We love a delicious summer drink that’s easy to make.
What does it taste like? My first sip of this was very familiar. I knew I had never had it before, though, and couldn’t quite place the flavor. But then it hit me. This tastes like that pale yellow/white lifesaver. It has a decided tropical flavor to it with just a hint of tea on the side and mild sweetness. My entire family loved it and I’ll just bet there are going to be an awful lot of fans for this old-fashioned punch recipe once you try it. A perfect special drink for the upcoming summer!
1929 Jewel Tea Cookbook: Mary Dunbar’s Favorite Recipes
The printable recipe for this punch is below but I wanted to show you the original because I always enjoy seeing vintage cookbooks. It’s like stepping back in time.
- Orange pekoe tea
- Pineapple juice
- Ginger ale
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
How to Make Hawaiian Iced Tea Punch
Are you ready for the very complicated instructions?
Combine all ingredients and serve over crushed ice.
I also add a sprig ofwhen I’m feelin’ fancy.
Yep, that’s it! Your Hawaiian iced tea punch will be ready to enjoy in no time at all.
Due to the addition of ginger ale, the Hawaiian iced tea will go flat eventually, so it’s best to drink it ASAP. But just halve or double the amount of each ingredient so the recipe works for you.
- Now I’m modernizing this just a wee bit. First of all, Jewel tea doesn’t exist anymore. However, orange pekoe black tea does and it’s pretty much what is in any Southern teabag. You can choose your favorite orange pekoe tea bags and just brew them in as directed if you like. Then follow the remaining instructions. I’m making it a bit easier by using Southern Breeze sweet tea. I’m also leaving out the sugar since they already sweeten the bag with a zero-calorie sweetener so it cuts down on the sugar a bit.
- Feel free to substitute the ginger ale in the for Sprite or Diet Sprite.
- Now, I did add a garnish of fresh mint sprigs, but another fun idea is fresh pineapple spears.
You might also enjoy these refreshing drink recipes:
- 4 cups strong orange pekoe tea
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 16 ounces ginger ale
- juice of 2 lemons
- juice of 2 oranges
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Combine all ingredients and serve over crushed ice.4 cups strong orange pekoe tea, 1 cup pineapple juice, 16 ounces ginger ale, juice of 2 lemons, juice of 2 oranges, 1/2 cup sugar