This is the perfect strawberry iced tea, proving that fresh strawberries and iced tea are a match made in heaven! Use your favorite tea, chill, then add fresh strawberry simple syrup, and enjoy!
Iced sweet tea is a hallmark of summer, and this strawberry version is the perfect something special on hot days! It's simple to make and the perfect treat for summer guests!
Why you will love this recipe:
The best tea I've ever had was an iced tea in Charleston, South Carolina. It was perfectly brewed chilled tea that came with simple syrup on the side so that you could sweeten it as you pleased. It was amazing!
That experience inspired this iced tea made with fresh simple strawberry syrup! You can pour the syrup into the tea pitcher for a big batch or serve it on the side so that people can sweeten it how they desire!
Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup: this easy and simple homemade syrup is made with fresh strawberries, water, and sugar.
Water: filtered water is best for brewing tea, but tap works perfectly fine.
Black, Green, or White Tea bags: use your favorite tea that will pair well with strawberries. My favorite is black breakfast tea, but there isn't a wrong choice.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make this recipe:
Start by brewing the tea. Boil 5 cups of water then steep tea bags in the water for 5 minutes. Then add 1 cup of cold water and chill until cool. About 1 hour.
Make the strawberry simple syrup by cooking the sugar, water, and strawberries until the strawberries are soft. Let cool and strain.
Add ice to glasses, add 1-2 ounces of strawberry syrup, and top with the chilled tea. Or serve the syrup on the side and allow your guests to sweeten their tea to how they like it.
Hint: You can also make a full pitcher. Add the chilled tea to a pitcher with ice, and then add as much syrup as you desire—½ cup for lightly sweetened tea and the full 1 cup for very sweet tea.
- You can turn this tea into any fruit tea you like by switching out the strawberries in the syrup for your favorite berry. Blackberry, raspberry, or blueberry would all be delicious!
- You can also make this eat even easier by using store-bought unsweetened iced tea and/or using store-bought strawberry syrup.
Add fresh herbs to give more depth of flavor!
- Add fresh mint or basil to the chilled tea adds a wonderful flavor.
When entertaining, serve the syrup on the side so guests can sweeten their tea to their desired sweetness.
The brewed tea will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days and the syrup will keep for two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Sweet Strawberry Iced Tea
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 glasses 1x
- Category: Beverage
- Method: cooked
- Cuisine: american
Fresh strawberries and iced tea are a match made in heaven! Use your favorite tea, chill, then add fresh strawberry simple syrup, and enjoy!
- 4 tea bags
- 5 cups boiled water
- 1 cup cold water
- Two cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Start by brewing the tea. Boil 5 cups of water then steep 4 bags of tea in the water for 5-10 minutes. Then add 1 cup of cold water and chill until cool. About 1 hour.
- Make the strawberry simple syrup by cooking the sugar, water, and strawberries until the strawberries are soft and dull in color. Let cool and strain into a milk jug or glass.
- Add ice to glasses, add 1-2 ounces of strawberry syrup, top with the chilled tea, and stir. Or serve the syrup on the side and allow your guests to sweeten their tea to how they like it.
- You can also make a full pitcher. Add as much syrup to a pitcher of tea as you desire, ½ cup for lightly sweetened tea and the full 1 cup for very sweet tea.
- Serve strawberry syrup on the side for best results. This allows people to sweeten the tea to their tastes.
- If making a pitcher, stir well right before serving. The syrup is heavier than the tea and will sink to the bottom, making the last few glasses sweeter.