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Summery Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

This Strawberry Basil Iced Tea is the perfect way to beat the heat and enjoy a taste of summer sunshine. Grab your ingredients, get steeping, and prepare to be wowed!

drinking strawberry basil iced tea
  • Easy and refreshing: Made with simple ingredients and ready in no time!
  • Customizable: Adjust sweetness and basil to your taste.
  • Perfect for picnics and parties: A crowd-pleasing drink for any occasion.
  • Strawberries: Choose juicy, ripe ones for the best flavor. Frozen strawberries work too, just thaw them first.
  • Basil: Fresh basil leaves are key! They add a unique peppery touch that elevates the whole drink.
  • Black tea: Any type will work, but try Earl Grey for a citrusy twist or Ceylon for a strong, malty base. But green or herbal teas work well too. Play around and find your favorite!
a girl making strawberry basil iced tea
  1. Muddle the magic: In a pitcher, gently mash some strawberries and basil leaves with a spoon. This releases their yummy flavors.
  2. Brew the base: Steep your chosen tea in hot water for a few minutes until nice and strong.
  3. Sweeten up (naturally): Add more strawberries to the pitcher and mash lightly. Let them sit for a while to release their sweetness.
  4. Strain and chill: Pour the tea mixture through a strainer to remove any bits and pieces. Let it cool, then pop it in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight for extra flavor.
  5. Time to sip! Fill a glass with ice, pour in your chilled tea, and garnish with a fresh strawberry and basil sprig. Ahh, summer in a glass!

This tea is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you want to make a bigger batch, you can freeze the tea in ice cube trays for quick and easy iced tea on demand.

strawberry iced tea
  • Did you know strawberries aren’t actually berries? They’re technically a type of fruit called an aggregate accessory fruit!
  • Basil is considered a sacred herb in some cultures and is believed to have healing properties.

Sure! Just thaw them first and drain any excess juice. While fresh strawberries will give the best taste, use frozen strawberries and make syrup as I mentioned below in the recipe card.

No worries! You can leave it out, or try another herb like mint or rosemary.

Absolutely! It’s perfect for parties or potlucks.

Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

Recipe by Tania FaysalCourse: Drinks
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

128

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

This drink is a fun twist on the classic iced tea made with strawberries and basil, perfect for impressing your friends.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

  • 4 cups water

  • 4 black tea bags (or your favorite tea)

  • 1/3 cup sugar or Honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)

  • Ice cubes

  • Fresh strawberries and basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Muddle strawberries and basil together in a pitcher.
  • Steep tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes.
  • Add tea to the pitcher with strawberries and basil.
  • Add honey or maple syrup to taste, if desired.
  • Let cool slightly, then strain into a pitcher or serving glasses.
  • Fill glasses with ice and pour in tea.
  • Garnish with fresh strawberries and basil, if desired.

Notes

  • If you want a more intense flavor, you can try making syrup with muddled strawberries, basil, and sugar by simmering it on heat for 5 minutes. Then combine the syrup and brewed tea in a pitcher.
  • Add some chopped strawberries if you are making it without syrup for that extra fresh texture and flavor.
  • For a stronger basil flavor, steep the leaves in the hot tea for a few minutes before adding the strawberries.

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