Strawberry Iced Tea
This Strawberry Iced Tea is the perfect party drink or warm weather treat, and has amazing flavor from a simple Strawberry Simple Syrup and freshly brewed herbal tea. You can’t buy iced tea like this at the store!
Making a fresh drink like this for parties or entertaining is one of the easiest wins of all, especially in the springtime or summertime.
With a little prep and some make-ahead cooking, it asks very little of you as the cook, but is always a hit for guests!
Something about a homemade drink always feels very special.
How to Make Strawberry Iced Tea:
All you have to do is brew and chill some tea, make a 3-ingredient strawberry simple syrup, then pour them in a glass with some sliced strawberries and lemon for garnish.
And actually, the last part isn’t even necessary, but I think it looks extra pretty.
Everything can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble the glasses right before serving.
Fresh Fruit Simple Syrup Is the Key
Fresh fruit simple syrups are one of the easiest ways to give homemade drinks incredible flavor, as the fruit flavor gets really concentrated and brightens up any drink.
Here we’ll use a Strawberry Simple Syrup. I make a Peach Simple Syrup for my Sparkling Peach Iced Tea, and other syrups in this post with 4 Summertime Drinks (Melon Sorbet Floats, Strawberry Limeade, Raspberry Vanilla Sodas, and Cantaloupe Agua Frescas). Feel free to play with the kinds of fruit you use.
What Kind of Tea to Use
You may pick out your favorite kind of tea, but my personal recommendation is Rooibos, which is a caffeine-free herbal tea that’s low in tannins (basically that means it’s not a bitter tea).
Green tea is a popular one that would also go nicely.
No matter what tea you pick, brew it at the proper temperature.
Rooibos is a tea that you brew with boiling water and steep for 5 minutes, but green tea is usually brewed with 170F water.
Once the tea has steeped, strain the loose tea leaves through a sieve. If you’re using tea bags, simply take the tea bags out.
Chill the tea in an ice bath if you’re in a hurry, or let it fully chill in the fridge, which will take an hour or two.
Note that you never want to put hot tea in a glass of ice, because the melting ice will water down your drink quite a bit.
In the meantime, make a batch of Strawberry Simple Syrup (click here to see step-by-step photos and instructions), and chill that too.
Assemble the Drinks
When you’re ready to serve, fill a glass with ice, then add enough iced tea to fill it most of the way. Then add a few tablespoons of simple syrup, or enough to suit your taste. Keep in mind you can always add more, but can’t take any away once you’ve added it.
Garnish with sliced strawberries and sliced lemons, to make it extra pretty.
Strawberry Iced Tea FAQ and Tips:
Make Ahead Instructions: Brew the tea and make the simple syrup up to 3 days before desired, and store in the fridge. You can keep sliced strawberries and sliced lemons in the fridge one day before.
Freezing: The tea and the simple syrup can both be frozen if you want to make this very ahead, but you’d need to thaw them before pouring.
Strawberry Iced Tea
- 4 cups filtered water
- 4 teaspoons loose rooibos tea
- strawberry simple syrup
- Fresh strawberry slices for garnish
- Fresh lemon slices for garnish
- Bring the filtered water to a boil. Add the rooibos tea, and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Pour the tea through a fine meshed strainer, then let it come to room temperature. Then refrigerate until completely cool, about one hour.*
- To assemble the strawberry iced tea, add ice to a glass and fill about 3/4 of the way up with the tea. Add a few tablespoons of the strawberry simple syrup, or more, per your taste. Then garnish the glass with fresh strawberry and lemon slices. Enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
Post updated March 2021. Originally published May 2018.