Alley Cat Tea

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Alley Cat Tea

Is anything more refreshing on a summer day in the South than fruit tea?

If that tempts your taste buds, try Alley Cat Tea – marketed as “The Original Fruit Tea” – made and bottled by Stephen Ashburn of Murfreesboro. Ashburn perfected his tea in 2002 at his Smithville restaurant, Ashburn’s Alley Cafe. The beverage became a customer favorite until the cafe closed in 2009 after being struck by lightning.

Due to popular demand, Ashburn resurrected his fruit tea recipe, made with black tea and 50 percent real fruit juices. Thanks to the subsequent success, Alley Cat recently launched two new flavors, Southern Mint and a premium lemonade.

You can buy Alley Cat Tea in stores around Middle Tennessee, including Parsley’s Market in Woodbury, Pa Bunk’s in Murfreesboro, IWC Cash and Carry in Cookeville, Tietgen’s Food Stores, and Porter Road Butcher and Green Door Gourmet in Nashville, with more stores to come. Ashburn will also be offering tea at Webb’s Pharmacy & Gifts on the Smithville square during the Smithville Fiddler’s Jamboree, July 5-6. Visit to learn more.


  1. Freda Wade

    November 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Best tea EVER!!!!!

  2. Kimmberly

    February 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This fruit tea is AWESOME !!! All natural, versatile, and local ! What’s NOT to love about this stuff ?!?!

  3. SUSAN

    March 9, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Can I get right from the plant?

  4. John Eldridge

    August 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    The BEST Tea I have ever had!!!!

  5. Sandy downs

    July 14, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I love this tea. We buy it at Priceless Foodstore on Breckinridge Lane in Louisville, Kentucky.
    I never leave there without at least 2 Alley Cat Teas, sometimes as many as 6! It’s delicious!

  6. Knoxville TN native

    July 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Excuse my language but this is the shit!!!

  7. Brenda Brown

    November 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Have you tried Ally Cat Tea which can be purchased at Foodland? It is made in Mufreesboro, TN , so Vickey got me acquainted. If you are a little older, it looks like “ home brew”, as I remember it. When Vickey came home drinking a bottle, I had to sample. My reply, “ Who in the world would drink that? It tastes awful!” Another day when I was really thirsty and in Foodland, I bought a small bottle ( back with the teas). It really satisfied my thirst. I think the flavor has to grow on you. It is a natural fruit tea made from pineapple, orange and lemon juices along with a mixture of black tea and some acids. They also sell a 1/2 gallon bottle which is located near the office in Section’s Foodland. Next time you’re there, try one of the small bottles ( shaking well). Try it —you may like it!!!

    • Brenda Brown

      November 9, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Correct spelling of previous comment : Alley Cat Tea


    February 12, 2018 at 10:47 am

    I need this tea back in Louisville, Ky. It was sold in priceless on Dixie Hwy. Went last nite to buy. Couldn’t find it.I’m you all spoke salesman.I’ve let everyone know, about this tea. WHERE where can I buy this here in louisville.

    • Jessy Yancey

      February 16, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hi Rachel, To learn more about where to buy Alley Cat Tea, please reach out to the business owners directly at Hope this helps!

      Jessy Yancey, editor, Tennessee Home & Farm magazine

  9. Mary

    June 19, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Is your tea sold in northern Alabama?

  10. Tamara Hodges

    January 26, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Best fruit tea! Spotted it at local Publix in Hermitage, Tn!!

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