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How to Make Strawberry Iced Tea

Give your regular tea a fruity twist with this easy, 4 ingredient strawberry iced tea. No artificial colors or flavors, like store-bought drinks, and it can be made sugar-free. For a tart twist on strawberry tea, try a strawberry Arnold Palmer.

glasses of strawberry iced tea

This mocktail is perfect for enjoying during the warm end of summer days. Keep a pitcher of this quick and easy fruity iced tea in the fridge when you need a refreshing drink to help cool you off.

Strawberry iced tea

Whether you have kids at home or you’re like me and you don’t have kids, sometimes we all need something different to drink. Most of us are trying to avoid sugary drinks, but need a break from plain water once in awhile.

glasses of tea with strawberry straws

Strawberry drinks like this tea, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry limeade, are great to have in the fridge when you need an afternoon pick me up.

You can make the strawberry simple syrup once and use it for multiple recipes.

Add a fun paper straw to your drink and plenty of ice. A few slices of strawberry make it pretty and also add more strawberry flavor to your tea.

How to make strawberry tea

Choose your favorite tea as your base. It can be green tea, which is quite nice or a black tea like the one I’ve used.

You can use tea bags, tea sachets or loose tea. For best results, make sure you brew to the proper temperature and for the recommended amount of time.

close up of loose tea

Once your tea is made, cool to room temperature and refrigerate. Making iced tea while it’s still warm will melt your ice and you’ll be left with a watery room temperature drink.

While the tea is cooling, make the strawberry simple syrup. It is absolutely delicious and really easy to make.

Combine water, sugar (or sugar substitute) and strawberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and let it bubble away for a few minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

strawberry tea with a straw

Remove from the heat and let the strawberries steep in the sugar syrup until cool.

To make this tea sugar free, I used monkfruit. It looks exactly like sugar and can be swapped out for the same amount of sugar in a recipe.

I actually found it to be just a touch sweeter than sugar, so I reduced the amount by a couple of tablespoons. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so you may not find it sweeter.

Spiked strawberry iced tea

Having a happy hour at home? A splash of vodka in this drink would make a tasty adult beverage.

glasses of iced tea with strawberries

Make a big pitcher of this pretty pink drink for a girls night. Whether you add anything to it is your business.

Summer drinks

Looking for a few more non alcoholic summer drinks? You can find a collection of kid-friendly options that can also be turned into adult beverages with a splash of your favorite spirit.

how to make strawberry iced tea

Perhaps you would prefer some easy summer cocktails? Many of these drinks can be made kid-friendly too.

Delicious drinks should never be overlooked and this strawberry iced tea is one you’ll enjoy again and again. Let me know which tea is your favorite for this rosy-hued beverage!

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Strawberry Iced Tea

Cheryl Bennett
Easy and delicious strawberry iced tea is a delicious, fruity alternative to plain iced tea.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts
Calories 167 kcal


Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar or sugar substitute such as monkfruit
  • 1 1/2 lb. strawberries divided and washed

Iced Tea

  • 6 cups water
  • 6 tea bags or your favorite loose tea


  • Boil water for tea (or heat to almost boiling if you are using green tea).
  • Brew tea according to directions. For my loose black tea I heat water to boiling and brew for 5 minutes, then strain the tea through a fine mesh colander.
  • Cool tea slightly, then refrigerate for at least one hour. (While tea is cooling, make strawberry syrup)
  • Hull strawberries and slice them in half or quarters if they are very large.
  • Combine 1 pound strawberries, 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water in a small saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, then strain strawberries though a fine mesh colander. Do not press strawberries! Resist the urge to do this – it will cloud your syrup.
  • Discard the strawberries (or save them to add to oatmeal or muffins).
  • Slice the remaining strawberries for garnish and set aside.
  • Fill glasses with ice and add enough tea to almost fill glasses. Add 2 – 4 tablespoons strawberry simple syrup to each glass (depending on your personal preference), with a few fresh strawberry slices.
  • Refrigerate remaining strawberry simple syrup for up to 2 weeks.


Serving: 1gCalories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 1gSodium: 14mgFiber: 2gSugar: 39g
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