This easy Strawberry Iced Tea recipe makes a tasty drink using brewed tea and fresh strawberry syrup. It’s the perfect drink that’s hydrating and refreshing for the summer months!
What is more summery than a big pitcher of homemade strawberry iced tea?! I love that it's so hydrating, refreshing, sweet, and full of strawberry flavour.
Homemade summertime drinks are so easy to make and you can use seasonal fruit to make so many flavours!
When given the chance, I would rather make a fresh tea drink or lemonade from scratch to keep my family from consuming any unnecessary chemicals or preservatives.
In this strawberry iced tea, you simply combine brewed iced tea (use black tea, green tea, herbal...) with the fresh flavor of strawberries by using a homemade strawberry syrup made from scratch!
You’ll need to brew your favorite tea of any kind, then make sure it’s completely cooled. Pour in some strawberry syrup to give it a sweet and fresh strawberry flavor and stir until combined.
When served over ice, this refreshing strawberry iced tea is the perfect drink for a summer BBQ or to serve poolside with your favorite cooling summer treats.
This was inspired by my Berry Iced Tea with ginger mint on this site, and pairs well with other tasty strawberry recipes like Strawberries and Cream, Strawberry Milk, or Strawberry Compote. They're all great ways to make the most of seasonal strawberries!
Why you'll love this recipe
There are no chemicals or preservatives because it’s made with homemade strawberry syrup.
This refreshing drink comes together in just minutes.
The level of sweetness can be customized to whatever you enjoy.
A great way to use ripe summer strawberries.
It can easily be turned into a summer cocktail when adding your favorite alcohol.
Freeze some as ice cubes or for fun popsicles
Water - Used to brew the tea you enjoy. Use filtered for the best-tasting tea.
Tea Bags - You can use any type of tea you enjoy to make strawberry iced tea. I love using black, rooibos, green tea, matcha, and earl grey to give this tea different types of flavor.
Strawberry Syrup - This simple homemade syrup is made with fresh strawberries, sugar, and water to infuse the tea with fresh strawberry flavor.
Garnish - Add fresh lemon, freshly sliced strawberries, apples, or your favorite herbs to garnish this refreshing strawberry tea.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Wondering how to make homemade strawberry iced tea from scratch? It's easy!
Make the syrup: Whip up a batch of Strawberry Syrup by boiling strawberries, water, and sugar for 10 minutes. Then strain and cool
Brew the tea: In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the tea bags and steep for 4-5 minutes or follow directions on the tea package depending on the type of tea.
Add the strawberry syrup: Once the tea is completely cooled, add ice to a pitcher and pour in the desired amount of strawberry syrup, then top up with cold tea. Stir and taste. If you’re serving individual glasses, add ice to each, then add strawberry syrup and stir in tea. Serve the iced tea cold with a fruit or herb garnish.
Hint: To make your strawberry iced tea even faster, you can use store-bought strawberry syrup.
Makes a great addition to a dessert of Strawberries and Cream or Peaches and Cream.
Serve by the pool with some Fruit Summer Rolls for a hydrating treat.
Pour it into popsicle molds along with some Strawberry Compote.
Great to serve a glass at dinner along with a refreshing Strawberry Spinach Salad.
Strawberry iced tea makes a great cocktail when mixed with gin, vodka, or your favorite rum.
Use any frozen strawberries you have on hand as ice cubes to keep the iced tea cool, and to add more fresh strawberry flavor.
Strawberry tea tastes great when steeped with fresh herbs like mint or basil.
Make a strawberry tea iced refresher by blending up frozen strawberries with the tea and syrup for an ultra cooling drink.
Storing: Mixed strawberry iced tea can be stored in a pitcher in the fridge for 4-5 days. Give it a stir before serving over ice.
Freezing: Freeze strawberry iced tea into ice cube molds or popsicle molds for up to 2 months.
If you’re serving a large amount of strawberry tea, serve the strawberry syrup separately from the iced tea so guests can add strawberry syrup to suit their own personal tastes and level of sweetness.
When brewing the tea, make sure you don’t steep it past the recommended time or it can become bitter.
Add a pinch of baking soda or salt to the strawberry iced tea for a smoother taste and to combat any bitter flavor from the tea.
Large family-sized tea bags can also be used to make a large batch of tea.
Make sure the tea is fully cooled before adding the syrup or ice to make sure the flavors are balanced. If you don’t have time to let it cool, pour over a bowl of ice to quicken up the cooling process.
You can honestly pick whichever tea you enjoy. A good combination with strawberries is green tea or chamomile tea.
In this strawberry tea recipe, brewed tea is cooled and then mixed with a fresh fruit syrup.
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Strawberry Iced Tea
- 4 cups water
- 3 tea bags black tea, green tea, rooibos, herbal etc…
- ¼ cup strawberry simple syrup
- Garnish: strawberries, mint, lemons etc...
- First, you'll need to make the strawberry syrup. You'll need strawberries, water, sguar, and vanilla extract. Get the strawberry syrup recipe.
- Boil the water, add the tea ,and leave it to steep for 5 minutes.
- Let the tea cool completely. You can set it aside on the counter to cool, or add it to a bowl over a larger bowl of ice (ice bath).
- To serve in a jug: fill the jug slightly with ice, add the cooled tea and add ¼ cup of strawberry simple syrup. Taste and add more syrup if desired or dilute wiht tea or water.
- To make in glasses: fill glasses with ice, fill with tea and stir in 1-3 tablespoons of strawberry syrup, or to taste.
- Add some strawberry slices and a few sprigs of mint, to garnish.
- If you’re serving a large amount of strawberry tea, serve the strawberry syrup separately from the iced tea so guests can add strawberry syrup to suit their own personal tastes and level of sweetness.
- When brewing the tea, make sure you don’t steep it past the recommended time or it can become bitter.
- Add a pinch of baking soda or salt to the strawberry iced tea for a smoother taste and to combat any bitter flavor from the tea.
- Large family-sized tea bags can also be used to make a large batch of tea.
- Make sure the tea is fully cooled before adding the syrup or ice to make sure the flavors are balanced. If you don’t have time to let it cool, pour over a bowl of ice to quicken up the cooling process.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.