Aunt Ruth’s Jungle Juice

Turn iced tea & fruit juice into Jungle Juice

My Aunt Ruth kept a delicious beverage in her fridge that we kids called Jungle Juice.  She made it from leftover iced tea and fruit juices. There was never a written recipe because her delightful concoction was made from whatever was available at the time.

Over the weekend, I came across a recipe in a self published cookbook called “Ruth Owen’s Fruit Tea”. It sounded a lot like Aunt Ruth’s Jungle Juice, so, I decided to give it a try. I served it to my guests for Easter lunch which was a big hit with not a drop left in the crystal pitcher at the end of the meal. But, no need for anything fancy. Aunt Ruth’s was kept in a plastic pitcher in the fridge for any thirsty soul who happened by.


10 cups water

5 Tea bags

1 1/2 cups sugar or Splenda

6 oz. can orange juice , 6 oz. lemonade, and 6 oz. pineapple juice (or 18 oz. of fruit juice of choice)

Lemon or Orange wedges to garnish (Optional)

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Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Turn off, add tea bags, and steep for 15-20 minutes. In a gallon pitcher combine warm steeped tea and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 8 cups water and juices. Chill and serve. Garnish with lemon or orange wedges if desired.

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