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Strawberry Sweet Tea

This Strawberry Sweet Tea recipe is made with freshly brewed tea, fresh strawberries and a touch of sweetness. The perfect summertime drink!

DELIGHTFULLY REFRESHING SUMMERTIME TEA

Fruit flavored teas are fairly popular in many regions of the south. Lots of times you’ll see fruit teas at weddings or baby showers. They are super simple to make but add just a touch of fancy to your normal sweet iced tea. This strawberry sweet tea recipe just goes so well for those hot summer days!

two glasses filled with strawberry tea with fresh strawberry garnishes

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much tea does this make?

This recipe makes 6 cups of tea. Double or triple the recipe as necessary.

Could I add lemon to Strawberry Tea?

Absolutely! Try adding a 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice to this for that extra little zing

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

Ice cubes can water down the drink as it cools. Instead, try using frozen strawberries. This will keep the drink cool, look really pretty and it won’t water down the drink! Before pouring the drinks, you can always throw a few ice cubes into the glasses if necessary.

What is your favorite brand of tea?

Luzianne tea is one of my favorites but Lipton tea definitely comes in a close second.

How long should I steep the tea for?

Steep 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. Some folks like a lighter tea taste so you will steep it for less time.

Can I use a sugar substitute?

Of course. Just substitute the sugar with the recommended amounts that are listed on the packaging of your sugar substitute.

Can I adjust the sugar amounts?

Well of course you can! Always start with a little and add more as necessary. Give it all a taste and add more until it reaches your desired amount of sweetness.

Do I really need the strawberry extract?

It’s optional, of course. If you really want a kick-in-the-pants strawberry flavor then I would definitely add strawberry extract. Sometimes strawberries (especially if they aren’t in peak season) are not that strawberry tasting. This really helps to bring out that strawberry flavor. 

Should I strain the strawberry puree?

Your blender should puree up any seeds that are in the strawberries but if you still see some in there, you can certainly strain the puree with a fine mesh strainer.

Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea recipe from The Country Cook.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • tea bags
  • strawberries
  • sugar
  • strawberry extract
  • frozen strawberries (or ice)
ingredients needed: Luzianne tea, sugar, fresh strawberries, strawberry extract, water, frozen strawberries

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SWEET TEA:

Bring water to a simmer. You don’t need it to come to a full boil. Just as you start to see bubbles form at the bottom of the pan, turn off the heat. Then add the tea bags to the pot and let it steep (again, make sure the heat is off.)

steeping tea bags in a pot

While the tea is steeping, time to work on the strawberries! Set aside 5 strawberries (to use as a garnish for your drinks.) Take the rest of the strawberries and remove the stems (discard those) and slice the strawberries in half. Pop the strawberries into a blender or food processor.

sliced strawberries in a food processor

Blend until pureed.

pureed strawberries in a blender

Once the tea has finished steeping, pour it into a pitcher. 

pouring steeped tea into a clear glass pitcher

Then pour sugar into the brewed tea. 

pouring sugar into tea in a large crystal pitcher

Give it all a stir to dissolve. At this point I want you to taste it. Is it sweet enough for you? If not, continue adding a little more sugar until you reach the desired sweetness. 

stirring tea with a stirrer to dissolve sugar

Next, stir in strawberry puree.

stirring in strawberry pure to brewed tea in a large glass pitcher

Pour in strawberry extract. After you add this in – give your strawberry tea one last taste to make sure it is sweet enough and you have enough strawberry flavor. This is the time to add more if necessary.

pouring strawberry extract into strawberry tea

Finally, add ice cubes or frozen strawberries to the tea. Then pour into glasses

pouring strawberry sweetened iced tea in a glass

Garnish each glass with a fresh strawberry.

strawberry iced tea in a glass garnished with a fresh strawberry

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Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea recipe from The Country Cook

Strawberry Sweet Tea

This Strawberry Sweet Tea recipe is made with freshly brewed tea, fresh strawberries and a touch of sweetness. The perfect summertime drink!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 4 family size tea bags (or 6 regular size)
  • 1 ½ pints fresh strawberries, divided use
  • 1 ½ cups sugar (more or less, to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons strawberry extract optional
  • frozen strawberries (for serving) or ice cubes

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, bring 6 cups of water to a simmer. Once it comes to a simmer, turn off heat.
  • Then add tea bags to the pot and let it steep.
  • While your tea is steeping, work on the strawberries. Set aside 6 strawberries (to use as a garnish for your drinks – this is optional)
  • Take the rest of the strawberries and remove the stems (discard those) and slice the strawberries in half.
  • Pop the strawberries into a blender or food processor. Blend until liquified.
  • Once tea has finished steeping, pour it into a pitcher then add sugar
  • Give it all a stir to dissolve.
  • Stir in pureed strawberres and strawberry extract (if using.)
  • Finally, add frozen strawberries to the tea to cool it down.
  • Serve with strawberries as a garnish on top!

Notes

  • This recipe makes 6 cups of tea. Double or triple the recipe as necessary.
  • Like lemon in your tea? Try adding a 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice to this for that extra little zing
  • Ice cubes can water down the drink as it cools. Instead, try using frozen strawberries. This will keep the drink cool, look really pretty and it won’t water down the drink! Before pouring the drinks, you can always throw a few ice cubes into the glasses if necessary.
  • Luzianne tea is one of my favorites but Lipton tea definitely comes in a close second.
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published: April 2016
Updated & republished: June 2021

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34 Comments

  1. Greetings!
    Cannot wait to try this one
    out. Sounds like fun.
    Living where it is normally 118°F+ in the shade in the summer, Sun Tea is all we are use to making. With the addition of Vodka*, this sounds like it would be the perfect afternoon ADULT beverage. Served early enough with a light but substantial meal, it would make a nice ending to another one of our summer days. Be sure to keep the kids tea separate from the ADULTS.
    And keep that water cool and full in your pets outdoor dishes AT ALL TIMES.
    Heatstroke is heatstroke no matter if you are man nor beastie.

    *or other adult beverage of your liking. A sparkling white wine might be nice.

  2. I like to mix tea and lemonade in the summer! Your strawberry sweet tea recipe needs to be given a try at my house.

  3. I love to drink lemonade during the summer, but will definitely try this strawberry tea. Sounds really good.