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Orange Brown Sugar Sweet Tea is the perfect refreshing summer drink! - Simple Sated
5 from 2 votes

Orange Brown Sugar Sweet Tea

A delicious blend of sweet tea and fresh oranges.
Course Beverage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Simply Sated


  • 2-4 family-size or 8 regular-size tea bags
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 oranges – outer peel only
  • 1 orange to cut slices for garnishing
  • ½-1 cup light brown sugar
  • ice - crushed or cubed


  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel each orange in a continuous spiral (if possible). Be careful to peel the outer orange-colored peel only. This is possible and easy once you get the correct angle with the vegetable peeler. If you accidentally get some of the white layer under the peel, no worries, but do try to cut off just the orange peel.
  2. Pour water into a large saucepan and add the tea bags and orange peel. Cover and bring the water to a boil, then immediately take the pan off the heat.
  3. Add brown sugar, stir and cover. Let the mixture steep (or rest) for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Remove the tea bags and orange peel. Let the tea cool to room temperature.
  5. To serve, place ½ orange slice in the bottom of each glass, then muddle the orange slice with the handle of a wooden spoon (see image) enough to release its juice and oil.
  6. Add ice then pour the orange-infused tea into the glasses.
  7. Garnish with orange slices and mint, if desired.