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Strawberry Tea Recipe (Sweet Fruity Iced Tea)

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Dress up your tea with this strawberry tea recipe. It is a delicious tea paired with homemade strawberry syrup made with fresh berries. This refreshing and hydrating strawberry iced tea is easy to throw together for a weekly treat or entertaining guests.

Mason jars of strawberry tea with ice, strawberries, and lemons.

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Strawberry sweet tea is one that is great for strawberry season. You can pick brightly colored berries that are super sweet and will make the perfect strawberry flavor syrup to add to your iced tea drink.

If you are a lemonade fan, you have to try my jalapeno cucumber lemonade. It is another delicious and hydrating drink we can’t get enough of in our home. Or dress it up with a homemade strawberry margarita.

Looking for another cold strawberry drink? Try this strawberry agua fresca recipe that’s perfect for a summer’s day.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple Ingredients: This strawberry tea utilizes fresh strawberries and common pantry staples, making it an easy and accessible recipe for everyone.
  • Versatile and Customizable: Depending on personal taste, you can adjust the sweetness or opt for different tea bases to create a variation that suits your palette.
  • Perfect for Entertaining: Its vibrant color and refreshing taste make strawberry tea an excellent choice for gatherings, offering a unique beverage option beyond the usual offerings.
  • Health Benefits: Strawberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, offering a healthful boost to your great iced tea. This makes it not only delicious but also nutritious.

What’s in This Strawberry Tea Recipe?

Strawberry, Tea Bags, Water, White Sugar, and Lemon on a white surface.
  • Strawberries: The star of the show, these fresh, juicy berries bring a natural sweetness and vibrant color to the tea, making every sip a delightful burst of fruity flavor.
  • Water: Using filtered water ensures a clean, pure base, allowing the rich flavors of the strawberries and tea to shine through without any unwanted impurities.
  • Sugar: A dash of granulated sugar enhances the sweetness of the strawberries, harmoniously balancing the tea’s natural bitterness for a perfectly sweetened beverage.
  • Tea Bag: Choose black tea for a robust and aromatic foundation or a classic plain tea for a more subtle flavor; either choice provides the perfect canvas for the sweet strawberry infusion.
  • Baking Soda: A pinch of baking soda is a clever trick for neutralizing any bitterness in the tea, ensuring a smooth, mellow taste in every glass.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice not only adds a zesty tang but also brightens the overall flavor profile, providing the perfect balance of the strawberries and sugar sweetness.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Baking soda reduces the bitterness of tea. If you find your tea is not bitter, skip the baking soda.
  • Use a mix of berries to add more flavor— raspberry, blueberries, etc.
  • Swap strawberries with peaches or other fruit that would flavor your tea nicely.
  • The lemon juice helps to balance the flavors, but it is optional.
  • Use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones if needed.

How to Make Strawberry Fruit Tea (step-by-step directions)

Collage of heating strawberries to make strawberry tea.
  1. Combine cold water and sugar in a medium pan. Add the berries. (Photo 1)
  2. Heat over medium-high until you have a rolling boil. (Photo 2)
  3. Stir occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. (Photo 3)
  4. Strain the berries using a fine mesh sieve. Allow the syrup to cool. (Photo 4)
Collage of a pitcher of strawberry tea.
  1. Brew your preferred tea; pour it into a large pitcher. (Photo 5)
  2. Mix in strawberry syrup to taste. (Photo 6). Add extra sugar, lemon juice, and baking soda as desired.
  3. Chill the tea until ready to serve. Serve over ice, garnishing with fresh strawberries in each glass.
Two strawberry tea on a mason jar glasses garnished with a strawberry and a slice of lemon.

Recipe Tips

  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste your tea after adding the strawberry syrup and adjust the sweetness as needed. Everyone’s preference is different, so adding more sugar or syrup can tailor the tea to your liking.
  • Chill Thoroughly: For the best flavor, ensure the tea is thoroughly chilled before serving. This enhances the refreshment factor and marries the natural flavors beautifully.
  • Garnish for Impact: A few slices of fresh strawberry or a sprig of mint can elevate the presentation of your strawberry tea, making it even more inviting.
  • Experiment with Tea Bases: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of tea. Green teas, white teas, herbal teas, and other fruit teas can offer delightful variations to the base flavor.
  • Serve with Ice: To keep the tea cold and refreshing, serve it over plenty of ice. This keeps it cool and delicious, especially on hot summer days.
  • Prep in Advance: Make the strawberry syrup ahead of time and keep it refrigerated so you can whip up this delightful drink in no time when needed.
  • Use High-Quality Tea: The quality of the tea you choose will greatly impact the overall taste of your strawberry tea. Opt for high-quality tea bags or loose-leaf tea for the best results.

Storing Tips 

Your tea will need to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Just stir well between serving it up. Then, when you are ready, you can whip up another batch.

If you don’t use all the strawberry syrup, store it in a sealed container in the fridge and then use it to flavor drinks.

Two mason jars of strawberry tea with white and red straws.

Serving Suggestions

This delightful strawberry tea pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, making it the perfect beverage for a light lunch or a summery cookout. Consider serving this tea alongside BBQ Peach Chicken for a mouthwatering meal, perfectly complementing its smoky sweetness. 

Alternatively, add a Mexican flair to your table with crispy Rolled Tacos, or keep things simple yet delicious with juicy Cheeseburger Sliders. For a refreshing side, an Heirloom Tomato Salad dressed with balsamic and feta can provide a vibrant and flavorful contrast to the sweet and tangy notes of the strawberry tea.

Recipe FAQs

What is strawberry tea good for?

Strawberry tea is a great source of nutrients that are good for your brain, cardiovascular health, and immune system.

Is strawberry tea good for the stomach?

Strawberry tea is known to help with a mild stomachache. It is also a great way to ensure your body stays hydrated.

Do you have to cut the green tops off strawberries to make syrup?

Yes, you need to wash and cut the tops off all the strawberries. If you leave the leaves and the white portion of the berries, your strawberry sauce will be bitter.

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5 from 7 votes

Strawberry Tea Recipe (Sweet Fruity Iced Tea)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This hydrating and refreshing strawberry tea is made with fresh strawberries for the perfect summer or spring drink to sip on! This sweet strawberry tea is one recipe you will want to make all the time.

Ingredients 

Strawberry Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (453 ⅗ g) Strawberries trimmed (approximately 3 cups)
  • 2 cups (473 ⅙ ml) Water
  • 1 cup (200 g) White Sugar

Tea Ingredients:

  • Strawberry Syrup approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 5 Tea Bags
  • 8 cups (2 l) Water
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda optional
  • ½ White Sugar or as desired
  • cup (78 6/7 ml) Lemon Juice or as desired

Instructions

  • Combine cold water and sugar in a medium pan. Add the berries.
    2 cups Water,1 cup White Sugar
  • Heat over medium-high until you have a rolling boil.
  • Stir occasionally, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Strain the berries using a fine mesh sieve. Allow the syrup to cool.
    1 lb Strawberries
  • Brew your preferred tea; pour it into a large pitcher.
    5 Tea Bags,8 cups Water
  • Mix in strawberry syrup to taste.
    Strawberry Syrup
  • Add extra sugar, lemon juice, and baking soda as desired.
    1 teaspoon Baking Soda,1/2 White Sugar,1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • Chill the tea until ready to serve.
  • Serve over ice, garnishing with fresh strawberries in each glass.

Notes

  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste your tea after adding the strawberry syrup and adjust the sweetness as needed. Everyone’s preference is different, so adding more sugar or syrup can tailor the tea to your liking.
  • Chill Thoroughly: For the best flavor, ensure the tea is thoroughly chilled before serving. This enhances the refreshment factor and marries the natural flavors beautifully.
  • Garnish for Impact: A few slices of fresh strawberry or a sprig of mint can elevate the presentation of your strawberry tea, making it even more inviting.
  • Experiment with Tea Bases: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of tea. Green teas, white teas, herbal teas, and other fruit teas can offer delightful variations to the base flavor.
  • Serve with Ice: To keep the tea cold and refreshing, serve it over plenty of ice. This keeps it cool and delicious, especially on hot summer days.
  • Prep in Advance: Make the strawberry syrup ahead of time and keep it refrigerated so you can whip up this delightful drink in no time when needed.
  • Use High-Quality Tea: The quality of the tea you choose will greatly impact the overall taste of your strawberry tea. Opt for high-quality tea bags or loose-leaf tea for the best results.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 93kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 24g (8%) Protein: 0.3g (1%) Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.01g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g Sodium: 122mg (5%) Potassium: 78mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 22g (24%) Vitamin A: 6IU Vitamin C: 30mg (36%) Calcium: 15mg (2%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    It’s so fun to have a tea that everyone drools over! We will be making this on our family day Sundays!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a quick and easy drink that does not disappoint! Light, crisp and refreshing; the best summer drink!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this strawberry infused tea! It was a great way to make my regular morning tea a little more interesting and it was so easy to make too!

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