This strawberry sweet tea is a fruity twist on the southern classic with a mix of black tea, sugar, and homemade strawberry syrup. Perfect for warmer weather!

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Glass full of strawberry sweet tea, pictured around bowl of strawberries.

About Strawberry Sweet Tea

With a beautiful presentation and a sweet strawberry flavor, this homemade strawberry sweet tea is a fruity twist on a southern classic that’s perfect for warmer weather.

What does strawberry sweet tea taste like?

This recipe is designed to taste like classic sweet tea with strawberry flavor. And because a homemade strawberry syrup is added – as opposed to infusing the sweet tea with strawberries – the fruity flavor is more like strawberry ice cream than fresh strawberries.

Top down view of holding a glass of strawberry sweet tea, showing off the ice floating with strawberry garnish.

Can you reduce the sugar?

This is a sweet tea, so you can expect a decent amount of sugar – but even sweet tea fans might like a little less. You can reduce the sugar in this recipe by up to half (so from 1 1/2 cups to 3/4 cups). Reducing the sugar will give the tea a fruiter favor, too.

How long is strawberry sweet tea good for?

Once prepared, strawberry sweet tea can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Notes & tips for strawberry sweet tea

  • Baking soda is added to the tea to help curb the bitter flavor of the black tea. However, this is an optional step; feel free to skip it if you’d like.
  • Adding a dash or two of lemon juice can give this tea some extra zest.
Side view of a glass of strawberry sweet tea, showing off the deep red color.

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How to make strawberry sweet tea

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a medium saucepan, bring some of the water to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Toss black tea bags in the hot water and let them steep for five minutes.

Step 2 – Pour the brewed tea into a large pitcher, then mix in the baking soda and a little more water.

Step 3 – Add the remaining water to the same saucepan, plus the strawberries and sugar, and return it to the heat. Bring to another boil then let the strawberry mixture simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 4 – Strain the strawberry syrup through a mesh strainer, making sure to press the strawberries against the side to release any remaining juices.

Step 5 – Pour the strawberry syrup into the pitcher with the tea, then mix well.

Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Glass full of strawberry sweet tea, pictured around bowl of strawberries.
5 from 2 votes

Strawberry Sweet Tea

15 mins prep + 20 mins cook + 20 mins Cooling Time
167 kcal
Yields: 8 servings
This strawberry sweet tea is a fruity twist on the southern classic with a mix of black tea, sugar, and homemade strawberry syrup. Perfect for warmer weather!

Ingredients 

  • 8 cup water, divided
  • 8 black tea bags
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cup strawberries, chopped, plus more for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat and add tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes.
    8 cup water, 8 black tea bags
  • Remove tea bags from water, using a pair of tongs to squeeze out any excess liquid from the bag.
  • Pour tea into a large pitcher, then add 4 cups of water and baking soda. Set pitcher aside for now.
    8 cup water, 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • In the same medium saucepan, add the remaining 2 cups of water, strawberries, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Allow mixture to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    8 cup water, 4 cup strawberries, 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Remove saucepan from heat and allow the strawberry syrup to cool, about 10-20 minutes.
  • Strain strawberry syrup through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl, pressing the strawberries against the strainer to release any remaining juice. Discard the remaining strawberry pulp.
  • Pour strawberry syrup into the pitcher with brewed tea, then mix well.
  • Serve immediately in glasses filled with ice and more strawberries as garnish (optional)

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy