Strawberry Sweet Tea

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This strawberry sweet tea is a spring twist on a southern classic. Perfect for front porch rockin’ or a treat after planting the garden.

Equipment

Gallon sized or very large pitcher

Boiler pot

Wooden or metal spoon

Fine mesh strainer and/or flour sack towel

Ingredients

Sweet Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 gallon size black tea bag
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 8 cups water
  • Ripe strawberries, mint or lemon to garnish

Strawberry Syrup (This is a smaller batch of my Strawberry Tops Syrup)

  • 3 cups of sliced strawberries or strawberry tops
  • Water to cover
  • Sugar

How To Make Strawberry Sweet Tea

Make strawberry syrup 

Tip: Before making, make sure your strawberries are ripe! I always suggest local berries for the freshness and quality. However, I know that’s not always accessible but ripe berries are important, even if buying from the grocery store! We love to head right down the road several times throughout April/May to pick strawberries. 

Place chopped berries or tops in a pot and cover with water. Heat on medium heat to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Strain berries or tops, and add water back to pot. Be sure to measure the amount of water. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and/or a cheese cloth or flour sack towel. I use my strawberry tops to make this syrup, so the seeds are not a huge issue. But if you end up with a lot of seeds after straining, I would recommend a flour sack towel. But beware, this could stain!

Add sugar in equal parts as the water you just strained. Bring back to boil then reduce heat to simmer until reduced.

If you are using berries and would like to leave a few chunks of berries for taste, feel free!

Tip: Try keeping a larger batch of my Strawberry Tops Syrup in your pantry for a quick and easy addition to your sweet tea, ready to go!

Make sweet tea

In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups hot water to an almost boil.

Add tea bag and let steep for 7-8 minutes.

While steeping, add 2 cups of sugar to a gallon size pitcher.

Strain steeped tea into pitcher, mixing in the sugar.

Add 4 cups of ice to the tea concentrate once sugar is completely dissolved. 

Fill the pitcher with cold water to make a gallon. This is about 8 cups of water. 

Mix strawberry syrup and tea for homemade strawberry tea

Add strawberry syrup into glasses, fill with brewed tea and mix. Use strawberry syrup to taste. 

Add strawberries, mint and lemon to garnish how you please. 

Tip: You can also add the whole batch of strawberry syrup to your tea and combine for a full pitcher of this refreshing drink if you’d prefer. We like to just add it to individual glasses though for a more intense strawberry flavor and more options.

Chill and serve

Add ice cubes and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. Chilling for a little bit before serving make this strawberry sweet iced tea even more refreshing.

Tip: A fun idea would be to freeze strawberries in water or tea in an ice cube tray to add to the pitcher of strawberry iced tea when serving! You could even just throw in frozen strawberries as the ice cube. 

Variations

Fruit- any fruit variation of this would be delicious. Blueberry, peach, even lemon. Get creative with fresh fruit!

Sweetener- trying to lower your sugar intake? Replace with honey or a no calorie sweetner, scale back on the sugar or omit it entirely. I believe that there is nothing like southern sweet tea but unsweet tea is common around here as well. Honey sweetened tea is delicious too!

Lemonade- Replace half of the sweet tea for lemonade for a tart flair to this strawberry drink. The fun of a strawberry lemonade paired with the classic sweet iced tea makes for quite the treat!

Storage

Store in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve or to have on hand for an afternoon treat on the porch. 

What is strawberry tea made of?

Strawberry tea is made from fresh strawberries turned into a simple strawberry syrup (or tops) and classic sweet tea. Full of natural ingredients and simple ingredients with the perfect amount of sweetness, this takes that classic sweet ice tea and adds a homemade touch. 

What does strawberry tea taste like?

This southern strawberry sweet tea recipe tastes like a traditional sweet tea with a sweet strawberry flavor and optionally a few chunks of delicious strawberry. It is the perfect party drink or even just your new favorite drink for a hot day in spring. The fresh strawberry flavor can be as light or heavy as you like. 

Is strawberry black tea Sweet?

Yes, this is a true southern sweet tea. You CAN lower the amount of sugar but that doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Ya know? The strawberry syrup adds a bit more sugar and sweetness, but it is not overwhelming. 

Strawberry Sweet Tea

Glass of strawberry sweet tea with vintage glass pitcher on wood table

This strawberry sweet tea is a spring twist on a southern classic. Perfect for front porch rockin' or a treat after planting the garden.

Ingredients

Sweet Tea

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 gallon size black tea bag
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 8 cups water
  • Ripe strawberries, mint or lemon to garnish

Strawberry Syrup (This is a smaller batch of my Strawberry Tops Syrup)

  • 3 cups of sliced strawberries or strawberry tops
  • Water to cover
  • Sugar

Instructions

Make strawberry syrup

Tip: Before making, make sure your strawberries are ripe! I always suggest local berries for the freshness and quality. However, I know that's not always accessible but ripe berries are important, even if buying from the grocery store! We love to head right down the road several times throughout April/May to pick strawberries. 

Place chopped berries or tops in a pot and cover with water. Heat on medium heat to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Strain berries or tops, and add water back to pot. Be sure to measure the amount of water. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and/or a cheese cloth or flour sack towel. I use my strawberry tops to make this syrup, so the seeds are not a huge issue. But if you end up with a lot of seeds after straining, I would recommend a flour sack towel. But beware, this could stain!

Add sugar in equal parts as the water you just strained. Bring back to boil then reduce heat to simmer until reduced.

If you are using berries and would like to leave a few chunks of berries for taste, feel free!


Tip: Try keeping a larger batch of my Strawberry Tops Syrup in your pantry for a quick and easy addition to your sweet tea, ready to go!


Make sweet tea

In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups hot water to an almost boil.

Add tea bag and let steep for 7-8 minutes.

While steeping, add 2 cups of sugar to a gallon size pitcher.

Strain steeped tea into pitcher, mixing in the sugar.

Add 4 cups of ice to the tea concentrate once sugar is completely dissolved. 

Fill the pitcher with cold water to make a gallon. This is about 8 cups of water. 

Mix strawberry syrup and tea for homemade strawberry tea


Add strawberry syrup into glasses, fill with brewed tea and mix. Use strawberry syrup to taste. 

Add strawberries, mint and lemon to garnish how you please. 


Tip: You can also add the whole batch of strawberry syrup to your tea and combine for a full pitcher of this refreshing drink if you'd prefer. We like to just add it to individual glasses though for a more intense strawberry flavor and more options.

Chill and serve

Add ice cubes and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. Chilling for a little bit before serving make this strawberry sweet iced tea even more refreshing.

Tip: A fun idea would be to freeze strawberries in water or tea in an ice cube tray to add to the pitcher of strawberry iced tea when serving! You could even just throw in frozen strawberries as the ice cube. 

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