Strawberries and tea are a pairing as timeless as summer itself. Imagine sipping on a glass of Strawberry Iced Tea, where the sweetness of sun-ripened strawberries meets the subtle, refreshing taste of perfectly brewed tea.
Whether you’re lounging in your backyard, hosting a garden party, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, this recipe delivers a burst of fresh and invigorating flavors!
Why You Should Try This Recipe
- Fast & Easy: It only takes about 15 minutes to prepare a pitcher of this delicious tea.
- Healthy: Bottled iced teas are often full of sugar and preservatives while this recipe is made with 100% natural ingredients.
- Customizable: You can choose how sweet and how strong you like your tea and even use additional ingredients.
You don’t need any fancy ingredients to prepare refreshing strawberry iced tea. Use regular black tea bags (e.g. Lipton) or loose leaf tea. If fresh strawberries are not available you can use frozen ones.
Ingredients for making 4 cups (32) oz of Strawberry Iced Tea:
- Black Tea: 2 tea bags (or 2 tsp loose leaf tea)
- Water: 4 cups of water
- Strawberries: About 1/4 pound of fresh or frozen strawberries
- Honey: 2 tbsp of honey for a sweetener (you can also use sugar)
- Lemon (optional): For serving
How to Make Strawberry Iced Tea
Making this iced tea is easy and straightforward. It takes about 15 minutes and you don’t need any special equipment.
Step-by-step instructions for making 4 cups (32 oz) of Strawberry Iced Tea:
Step 1: Boil 2 cups of water, pour into a large pitcher and add the tea bags. Steep for about 10 minutes.
Step 2: Add the strawberries and 2 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Squish the strawberries while continuing to cook for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Strain into the pitcher and add honey. Mix with a spoon.
Step 4: Let the tea cool down. Serve over ice with fresh lemon slices.
Strawberry Iced Tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I recommend putting it into a pitcher that has a lid to keep it fresh.
This tea is great any time of the year — I like to drink it especially on hot and sunny days. It’s a perfect refreshment for weekend parties and summer BBQs.
Tips & Variations
- Tea: You can adjust the amount of tea to make it stronger and increase the caffeine content. One option is to use green tea instead of black tea for a milder and brighter taste.
- Sweetness: I don’t like my tea super sweet so I only use 2 tablespoons of honey to make 4 cups of tea. If you like your tea sweet, feel free to add more honey!
- Additional Flavor: You can experiment with additional ingredients to add flavor. Try anything from fresh ginger or mint to vanilla extract.
I recommend following this recipe precisely the first time you make this tea. After that, you can start experimenting and adjusting according to your personal preferences.
Homemade Strawberry Iced Tea FAQ
What type of tea is best for making Strawberry Iced Tea?
Black tea is often preferred for its strong flavor that balances well with the sweetness of strawberries. However, green tea or herbal teas like chamomile can also be used for a lighter taste.
Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?
Absolutely! Frozen strawberries work well. Adding frozen strawberries at the end can also help to cool the tea faster.
Is it necessary to strain the strawberry puree?
It’s optional. Straining will give you a clearer tea, but keeping the pulp can enhance the strawberry flavor and add a nice texture.
How can I sweeten my Strawberry Iced Tea naturally?
Besides honey, you can use agave nectar or even a bit of maple syrup. Adjust the sweetness to your taste and consider the natural sweetness of your strawberries.
Strawberry Iced Tea
- 2 Black Tea Bags (or 2 tsp loose leaf tea)
- 4 cups Water (divided)
- 1/4 lb Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
- 2 tbsp Honey
- Lemon (optional – for serving)
- Add 2 cups of boiled water into a large pitcher and steep the tea bags for about 10 minutes.
- Heat the strawberries and 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes while squishing the strawberries.
- Strain into the pitcher and add honey.
- Let the tea cool down a bit. Serve in glasses with ice and fresh lemon slices.