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Big Batch Green Tea, Vodka and Pear Punch

Big-batch cocktail recipe: Green tea and pear punch
Maureen Petrosky / TODAY

Chef notes

With one warm breeze, everyone is ready to share a sip with friends. So this week’s happy hour is a big batch drink. Green tea has all sorts of health benefits, but it's also a star at the bar. This refreshing take on traditional iced tea is perfect for any get together. Grab your pitcher and brew some tea and enjoy this nicely chilled tea-infused toast to your weekend. 

Note: Any green tea works in this recipe, but I like the aromas the orange and passion fruit lend to this tea.


  • 6 Orange Passion fruit Green Tea bags
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups vodka
  • ¾ cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups store-bought pear puree, chilled
  • 2 oranges, peeled for thick pieces of skin, no pith, discard fruit
  • 2 thinly-sliced green pears, seeded, skin on, reserve 12 slices for garnish


Steep the tea bags in the boiled water for two to three minutes. Allow the tea to cool.

In a large pitcher, add tea, vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and pear puree; stir to combine.

Serve the cocktail in ice cube-filled glasses and garnish with a pear slice and orange twist.