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This refreshing strawberry sweet tea is made with 4 simple ingredients (plus water) and is the perfect cold drink made for hot summer days.
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  1. Refreshing Strawberry Sweet Tea
  2. Why We Love This Strawberry Sweet Tea Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. How to Make the Recipe
  6. Tips
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  10. Other Easy Drink Recipes
  11. Strawberry Sweet Tea Recipe

This refreshing strawberry sweet tea is made with 4 simple ingredients (plus water) and is the perfect cold drink made for hot summer days. It is so easy to enjoy our home-brewed version of the classic Southern iced tea recipe, even when you’re not from the South!

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Refreshing Strawberry Sweet Tea

Summer is strawberry season and what better time to pair my favorite fruit with my favorite cold drink. This recipe takes the classic Southern-style sweet tea and gives it a fresh strawberry twist. Made with sweet seasonal produce and homemade simple syrup, this is the perfect marriage of iced tea and true southern glory served in a glass.

If you’ve never made this refreshing treat, our strawberry sweet tea recipe is an easy summertime must-make! Our sweet tea is so much more than simply stirring sugar into a cold glass of tea–we add a homemade simple syrup to a quick-brewed black tea while it’s still hot and serve it cold over ice. There is nothing like sipping a smooth, crisp, natural strawberry flavored drink when the heat begs you to hydrate with the perfect summer thirst quencher!

Why We Love This Strawberry Sweet Tea Recipe

  • Easy to make using 4 ingredients plus water.
  • Refreshingly delicious cold drink to enjoy on a hot day.
  • Full of fresh strawberry flavor. 
  • Fruity variation of the classic Southern sweet tea.
  • Simple to adjust the sweetness to suit your taste preferences.
  • Perfect for backyard barbeques, outdoor parties, or lazy summer days.
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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Water
  • Black tea bags
  • Baking soda: A little bit of baking soda reduces the bitterness of the tea and gives it a much smoother taste.
  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are needed to make the simple syrup and what turns this from regular sweet tea to strawberry sweet tea.
  • Granulated sugar: Any grain of sugar can be used, but refined is best – it’s smaller and will dissolve in the hot tea faster.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Berries: If you don’t have enough fresh strawberries, you could add some other soft fruits such as raspberries or blackberries. 
  • Make it Boozy: If you want grown up tea in the form of a cocktail, add a shot of rum, vodka, gin, or bourbon (about 2 ounces per glass is the general rule). Personally, I love a shot of Malibu coconut rum!
  • Sugar: I recommend using refined granulated sugar for this recipe because it will give you optimal results. However, brown sugar can be used, but keep in mind it will give the tea a completely different flavor. Honey is another option–if you do decide to use honey, mix it with some warm water before adding it to the tea, which makes it dissolve easily when you stir, and not end up in clumps.
  • Control the strength: For stronger tea, simply add an extra tea bag or two and steep for an additional five minutes. Alternatively, if you prefer your tea to be light in color and flavor, use less tea bags and add in extra water.
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How to Make the Recipe

It is so easy to cool off with the best of summer’s fruit with this sweet ice tea that’s loaded with strawberry flavor. Perfectly refreshing for picnics, BBQs, and more!

  1. Add tea bags to boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes.
    tea bag steep inside hot water in the pitcher
  2. Remove your tea bags and pour the tea into a pitcher.
    pour tea into another glass bottle
  3. Add water and baking soda to the pitcher and set aside.
    add baking soda into the tea
  4. Simmer water, strawberries, and sugar for 20 minutes to make a simple syrup. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
    simmer strawberry, sugar, and water
  5. Strain the strawberries, pressing the juice out of the berries. Stir the simple syrup into the pitcher of tea.
    add the syrup to the tea
  6. Add ice to a glass, pour, and sip!
    add to a glass with ice cubes

Tips

  • This is SWEET tea, however, you can reduce the sugar by half and taste a fruitier flavor. Add lemon juice for some zest.
  • For the most intense strawberry flavor, this recipe tastes best with very ripe strawberries. While you can enjoy it all year round, strawberry sweet tea is best in the summer when strawberries are in season and at their juiciest.
  • Start with cold water. Tannins are released when you boil warm or room temperature water and can make your tea cloudy.
  • Don’t skip the steeping. The steep time extracts the best flavor from the tea bags. But don’t steep too long, or you’ll end up with bitter tea.
  • Add ice to each glass, not the pitcher. Adding ice to the pitcher can water down the tea before you serve it, so put the ice in each individual glass instead.

Storage Tips

To Store: Store your strawberry sweet tea covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

strawberry sweet tea with ice

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to keep the sweet tea chilled while serving?

Before pouring the drinks, add ice cubes to the glasses. Do not add ice to your pitcher because it can water down the tea as it cools. You can also try using frozen strawberries. This will keep the drink cool, look really pretty and it won’t water down the drink!

How long should I steep the tea for?

Steep your sweet tea for as little or as long as you like. I like a strong tea flavor so I will let it steep for at least 5 or more minutes. If you prefer a lighter tea, you can steep it for less time.

Can I add lemon to strawberry sweet tea?

You can absolutely add lemon to your tea! Try adding a ½ cup of fresh lemon juice to this for that extra little zing.

Can I use a sugar substitute?

You can use a sugar substitute, just make sure that you follow the recommended amounts listed on the packaging of your sugar substitute.

Can I adjust the sugar amounts?

Yes, you can adjust the sugar in your sweet tea! Always start with a little and add more as necessary. Taste it and add more until it reaches your desired amount of sweetness.

What type of tea should I use?

This recipe uses regular black tea but you could experiment with your favorite tea flavor and brand.

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Strawberry Sweet Tea

Serves — 8
This refreshing strawberry sweet tea is made with 4 simple ingredients (plus water) and is the perfect cold drink made for hot summer days.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 cups water divided
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups strawberries chopped
  • cups granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  • Once boiling, remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags from the water, squeezing any excess tea out with a pair of tongs.
  • Transfer the tea into a large pitcher with 4 additional cups of water and baking soda.
  • Using the same saucepan, add the remaining 2 cups of water, strawberries, and sugar, and bring to a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the strawberries from the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
  • Strain the strawberries through a fine mesh sieve into a small cup or pitcher, pressing the juice out of the berries.
  • Add the syrup to the large pitcher with tea and stir.
  • Pour and serve over ice.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
Store your strawberry sweet tea covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Tips:
  • This is SWEET tea, however, you can reduce the sugar by half and taste a fruitier flavor. Add lemon juice for some zest.
  • For the most intense strawberry flavor, this recipe tastes best with very ripe strawberries. While you can enjoy it all year round, strawberry sweet tea is best in the summer when strawberries are in season and at their juiciest.
  • Start with cold water. Tannins are released when you boil warm or room temperature water and can make your tea cloudy.
  • Don’t skip the steeping. The steep time extracts the best flavor from the tea bags. But don’t steep too long, or you’ll end up with bitter tea.
  • Add ice to each glass, not the pitcher. Adding ice to the pitcher can water down the tea before you serve it, so put the ice in each individual glass instead.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Wonder if once the strawberry syrup is done purée it to a smooth constantly and add it to the tea. Instead of straining it. My family likes tea they might like this.