This Iced Strawberry Sweet Tea uses a 3-ingredient homemade strawberry simple syrup to sweeten up freshly steeped tea in just 35 minutes! Perfect for cooling down with on those hot summer days!
I love filling my drink dispensers with crisp, refreshing homemade drinks like this one as well as my Apple Iced Tea which is made with only 3 ingredients, and this family favorite Homemade Raspberry Iced Tea!
Iced Strawberry Sweet Tea is a sweetened iced tea that’s loaded with the best strawberry flavor thanks to the homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup that it’s made with! Mix up a batch to sip on at picnics, BBQs, and beach days!
Why This Recipe Works!
- Minimal Ingredients! Making homemade drinks doesn’t get any easier when the recipe calls for only 5 ingredients!
- Strawberry Flavor! Being in the middle of strawberry season is the perfect excuse to use up those fresh, ripe berries in this iced tea to give it the best strawberry flavor!
- You Decide How Sweet It Is! This tea is SWEET! So if you prefer it to be a bit less on the sweet side you can reduce the sugar and add in some fresh lemon juice!
- Quick To Make! Ready for sipping in just 35 minutes! Make it in the morning and enjoy it all day long!
This Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea Recipe is SO easy to make even if you’ve never dabbled in making homemade teas before! Make up a pitcher of tea by gathering the following simple ingredients:
- Water – Used to steep the tea and make the simple syrup.
- Tea Bags – I used regular Lipton black tea bags but you could also try using Earl Grey or green tea bags!
- Baking Soda – Helps to reduce any bitter flavor from the tea.
- Strawberries – Fresh strawberries, chopped.
- Granulated Sugar – Sweetens up the whole drink!
Once you pour the Iced Strawberry Sweet Tea into individual glass finish them off by placing fresh strawberries in each drink or hanging some off the side of the glasses!
How To Make Strawberry Sweet Tea
- Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Then remove from the heat, add the tea bags, and steep.
- Remove the tea bags and add the tea to a pitcher.
- Add cold water and baking soda into the pitcher of tea.
- Add water, sliced strawberries, and sugar to the same saucepan and bring to a low simmer to make the strawberry simple syrup.
- Remove and allow the syrup to cool. Then strain the strawberries through a fine-mesh strainer into a small cup or pitcher.
- Stir the syrup into the large pitcher of tea. Pour and serve over ice!
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Store Strawberry Sweet Tea:
Store this Strawberry Iced Tea in the refrigerator covered for up to one week!
Can You Taste The Baking Soda In This Strawberry Tea?
Not at all! Baking sodas only job is to neutralize the tannins in black tea, this actually makes it taste better!
Could I Exchange The Strawberries For Other Fruit?
Yes, you can! Doing so is an easy way to get a different fruit-flavored iced tea! You could try using blueberries or blackberries for a delicious variation of this iced tea recipe!
Homemade Strawberry Sweet Tea is a great way to add an extra splash of delicious fun at your next cookout! Here are more of my favorite drink recipes that I love to serve to my friends and family!
- Best Ever Raspberry Lime Rickey – A sweet, tart refreshing drink made with lime juice, raspberry simple syrup, and club soda.
- Roasted Strawberry Lemonade – The perfect mix of bright citrusy lemons and sweet strawberries!
- Rainbow Sherbet Punch – Sparkling grape juice, lemon-lime soda, and tons of sherbet collide for the best sweet party drink!
- Cranberry Lemonade – Ready in only 2 minutes using just 3 ingredients with lemon slices, cranberries, and int for garnish!
- Shirley Temple Float – The classic cherry and soda beverage gets a fun summer twist!
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Strawberry Sweet Tea
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Once boiling, remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep the tea for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags from the water, squeezing out any excess liquid 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 to room temperature.
- Strain the strawberries through a fine mesh sieve into a small cup or pitcher, pressing the juice out of the berries. Discard the berry pulp.
- Add the strawberry syrup to the pitcher with the tea and stir to combine.
- Pour and serve over ice.
- Baking soda is added to reduce any bitter flavor from the tea.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- This is SWEET tea, however, you can reduce the sugar by half and a fruitier flavor and add lemon juice for some zestiness.