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southern sweet tea with strawberries in 2 jars
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📋Iced Strawberry Tea

Cool and refreshing iced strawberry tea is just what you need on hot summer days. When southern sweet tea meets fresh strawberries you get refreshing summer sweet drink with delicious fresh strawberry flavors to it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 176kcal

Ingredients

For strawberry simple syrup-

  • 4 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

For Tea-

  • 4 family size tea bags or 8 regular sized tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon juiced

To serve-

  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices
  • Strawberry slices

Instructions

  • Start by prepping strawberries. Rinse strawberries under tap water to remove any dirt. Pat dry strawberries with kitchen towel. Dice into small pieces.
  • In a sauce pan add diced strawberries, sugar and water. Bring it to boil. Simmer cook for 20 to 30 minutes with constant stirring and mashing the berries with stirring.
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
  • Strain strawberries through a strainer and extract as much juice from the berries by pressing it with back of spoon. Strawberry simple syrup is ready.
  • Chill it in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
  • While strawberry simple syrup chills you can steep tea.
  • Bring 3 cups of water to boil. Pour hot water into a kettle or jug. Add tea bags.
  • Let it steep for 5 minutes.
    Pro-Tip: depending on how strong you like your tea, adjust the time for steeping tea. If you like stronger tea flavor, steep for 10 minutes or more accordingly.
  • Remove tea bags from the kettle or jug.
  • Add 1 cup sugar (adjust sugar according to taste) and stir well until sugar is dissolved.
  • Let tea cool down a bit.
  • Pour steeped tea into a large pitcher.
  • Add 8 to 10 cups of water (taste and add water accordingly).
  • Add chilled strawberry simple syrup.
  • Pour in freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Stir well.
  • Cover and refrigerate the pitcher for 2 to 3 hours or until very cold before serving.
  • When ready to serve, to serving glass add ice cubes, lemon and strawberry slices. Pour strawberry tea into serving glasses.
  • Serve immediately chilled.

Notes

  1. For best and intense strawberry flavors in the tea use fresh very ripe red strawberries.
  2. Vary the number of tea bags to adjust the strength of the tea. For stronger tea, use extra tea bag and steep for extra 5 minutes. If you like lighter tea reduce the number of tea bags and steep for 3 to 5 minutes only.
  3. Feel free to switch black tea bags with green tea bags if you like green tea better than black tea.
  4. Sweet strawberry tea can be stored refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. Make ahead a big pitcher of the tea.
 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg