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Tennessee & Wild Plum Tea

For the last week in October I was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my family.  Gatlinburg is an extremely touristy town! I really had no idea it was like that. But, We still got to see some amazing sites on our 3 hour long hike in the smokies; where we ate lots of twigs, leaves, and some berries.  I took a million pictures like the ones above, it is SO beautiful out there. We also got to go on a ghost tour where we learned some neat things about the area.

I thought it was going to be all tourist traps and no fun but I was wrong. I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I was going to be regarding stuff to do. Gatlinburg is EXTREMELY crafty and I didn’t really know that, either. It suited me well. There is an 8-mile loop of craft shops, craftsmen, and artists. There were some candy shops, cafes, and an old fashioned soda fountain which I really wanted to go to but alas I didn’t get there.

Now for the food…

For lunch one day, we went to this ADORABLE little place called The Wild Plum Tea Room. Their Wild Plum Tea is something that everyone gets. So of course, my entire family got it. On Ice. Well, It really was delicious & guess what? I have the recipe!! I bet you are excited. Well, You really should be because the Wild Plum Tea is outta this world. Really. I swear. Try it for yourself.

Wild Plum Tea

from The Wild Plum Tea Room in Gatlinburg, TN

  • 4 family sized tea bags
  • 3 quarts less 1/2 cup water (11 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

Steep tea bags in 1 quart of very hot water in gallon pitcher. Mix 1quart water and sugar and heat over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over tea in pitcher. Steep 15 minutes. Strain out tea bags.

Add orange juice and lemon juice and renaming water to make one gallon.

Slice up oranges & place in glass.

Note: If you don’t know what a “Family Sized Tea Bag” is (Don’t worry, I didn’t either.) Google says that 4 regular sized tea bags = one FAMILY sized tea bag. THANKS GOOGLE! And since it is colder out it would have made more sense for me to have this as a hot tea. But I really like iced tea. Feel free to make it as a hot tea, I’m sure it would be great.

I found it odd that the “Wild Plum Tea” doesn’t have plums in it. It’s just their signature tea so it makes sense to name it after the establishment. I was a bit confused before I worked that out in my head. Anyway, Enjoy this hot or cold, it really is delicious even if there are no plums in it!

PS: how nice is my new pitcher? I shouldn’t be allowed in Pier 1 by myself! Will spend too much $$!

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7 Responses to “Tennessee & Wild Plum Tea”

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    Jess — October 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I lost my recipe for Wild Plum’s signature tea and I came across this blog while looking for it. I recall that Five Alive is in it (this is a blended frozen juice concentrate). Did you substitute OJ for it? Thanks!

    • Samantha replied on — October 30th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      My aunt gave me the recipe. I’m not sure where she got it. I know that they have their own recipe book you can buy but I’m not sure if they use OJ or the Five Alive you are talking about. The OJ seemed to taste just like the original!

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    Laura — June 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hi, just enjoyed a glass today at the Wild Plum Tea Room. Loved it, thanks for the recipe.

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    Cheri' — December 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I moved to Oregon from Michigan and can’t find my Wild Tea Room recipe book I bought from there. I was wondering if anyone has the chicken salad recipe and would send it to me. Very frustrating…loved that recipe book!

    • Sam replied on — December 30th, 2013 at 8:56 am

      I’ll check with my family to see if anyone has that book still. I will let you know if I find anything!

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    Lucky Day 12/13/14 — October 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I like the tea recipe even though there seemed to be no wild plums in it.

    Kinda of like when Wednesday asked if there were any real girl scouts in the girl scout cookies.


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