When the weather heats up, we start looking for delicious ways to cool down.  This refreshing Strawberry Iced Tea does more than just hit the spot on hot days, it’s pure cool enjoyment in a glass. Made with macerated fresh red berries, this easy strawberry tea doesn’t require any simple syrup.   Get ready for a new summer sipper favorite! 

Two glasses of strawberry tea garnished with strawberries and mint.

Strawberry tea scripture

What You Need To Make Strawberry Tea:

  • strawberries
  • sugar
  • 4 family-sized tea bags
  • 6 C water
  • strawberries & mint to garnish

Sliced strawberries

 What I love about this simple recipe is that it practically makes itself!  Yes, you have to slice the strawberries.  But after that, those sweet berries sit in that sugar making their syrup and just becoming sweeter and brighter by the moment.  The same with the tea.  It does it’s own steeping.

A carafe and 2 glasses of strawberry tea on the patio.

Your part?  Find ways to be fabulous.  Maybe fan a little while you dream of all the ways you’re going to enjoy this tea.  Chat with a friend and tell them they need to glide on over because y’all’ve got things to discuss and this tea’s about to be ready.  Paint your nails.  Read a book.

Overhead View Strawberry Tea

All the while, your tea is just working on being delicious.

Straining the berries is up next.  Not to worry.  You won’t break a sweat… or chip that new nail polish.  Those tender, sweet berries are as ready for this tea as you are.

A stemmed hobnail glass with strawberry tea.

Finally, it’s time to enjoy that tea.  It’s strawberry red hue shining through that glistening glass is a sure sign this is going to be good.  And with one sip at a time, this sweet strawberry refresher washes away that summer heat.  If sweet iced tea could get any more southern, this just might be it! 

Two glasses of strawberry tea garnished with strawberries and mint.

Strawberry Iced Tea

Refreshing & delicious, this easy recipe is made with fresh berries and no simple syrup!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe, strawberry
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4 C sliced ripe strawberries
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 family-sized tea bags
  • 6 C water
  • strawberries & mint for garnish, if desired


  • Place sliced strawberries in medium bowl. Cover with sugar and stir to coat all slices. Let sit for 15 minutes to create a strawberry syrup.
  • While strawberries macerate, in a tea kettle or small sauce pan, bring 6 C of water with tea bags to a low boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5-7 minutes. Discard tea bags and let tea cool.
  • When strawberries have macerated for 15 minutes, strain off syrup using a mesh strainer. Put rest of strawberries into a food processor. Pulse until liquid. Strain off liquid again using mesh strainer. Stirring the pureed berries against the mesh with a wooden spoon works out all the liquid. Should render about 2 1/2 C syrup total. Discard pulp.
  • Combine tea and syrup in a 64 oz pitcher, stirring well. Add additional sweetener to taste (about 1/4 C). Finishing filling pitcher with cool water or ice. Garnish with extra strawberries and mint, if desired.


Strawberry pulp can be saved and used as a delicious ice cream topping!

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