Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea
“Fresh strawberries and southern sweet tea comes together to make one refreshing, pure and delicious strawberry sweet iced tea. No simple syrup needed!”
Watch me make this Southern, Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea from start to finish!
If it’s one thing you can be sure to find on this here blog of mine it’s a variety of homemade lemonades and sweet teas! When it comes to sweet tea I actually prefer the good old classic stuff. Hold the lemon and def. hold the artificial sugar! Aint nobody got time for that!!!
Side note: I really tried to like Stevia y’all…I even did a blog post on it…but that pure cane white crack always calls me back to the streets!!! I know, I know…moderation meh moderation! When it comes to southern sweet tea NOTHING needs to sweeten it BUT sugar! Point. Blank. And The Period. There… I said it! *wide eyed mama stare*
I like my sweet iced tea made with Luzianne tea bags, pure cane sugar and a pinch of baking soda to keep it crisp. (Why do I feel like that should be a Beyonce lyric?) However, every now and then I get in the mood for something different and that’s when the fruity varieties come into play!
Blackberry sweet tea, raspberry sweet tea, watermelon sweet tea…you naaaame it and I’m gonna claim it!
I made this fresh peach sweet iced tea last year so it was only fitting that I show you guys how I make my fresh strawberry sweet iced tea. I mean dang y’all, it’s freaking April!!!! It won’t be long before we are knee deep in strawberry season!!
Normally I like to make a simple syrup when it comes to my fruit sweet teas. Are you the same way? However, for strawberry sweet tea there is nothing quite like having that bold, natural strawberry juice bursting through in all of her robust glory! For this reason I skip the simple syrup and simply use the juice from the fresh strawberries.
Oh and use large, RIPE, juicy, sweet strawberries for this one! You want that strawberry taste to be BOLD BOLD BOLD!! Under-ripe strawberries just doesn’t cut it with this one sister! You’ll be underwhelmed and maybe even a little pissed with the flavor.
R.I.P.E is the word for the day when you are making this.
If it aint ripe it aint right!
Get ripe or go home!
Are you going to make this strawberry sweet tea? Yeah ripe, you’re probably just saying that!
Ok I’m done. Y’all should be use to my random corny moods by now. Thanks for sticking ripe by my side.
I crack myself up! Ok but seriously, you wanna make this when strawberries are in season no joke!
Of course you can sometimes get lucky at the grocery store and pick up a carton of strawberries that will blow your mind even out of season.
That was the case for me! I was craving strawberry sweet tea and as I soon as I tasted that batch of strawberries from Harris Teeter, it was on and poppin! This strawberry sweet iced tea is so refreshing y’all! I mean look at it!! Not only is it GORG but it’s full of strawberry flavor while still allowing the taste of classic southern sweet tea to shine on through.
When I first made this I was so afraid of it tasting like a strawberry drink. Nothing wrong with that of course but I really wanted it to still have a nice sweet tea flavor. Score!
Get the Recipe: Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea
- 4-5 family-size tea bags, I use Luzianne
- 6 cups water, divided
- 4 cups ripe strawberries, makes about 1 cup of juice
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- Frozen or fresh strawberries, mint (optional garnish)
- In a small pot, bring two cups of water to a boil. (could also heat in the microwave)
- Remove from heat and add tea bags.
- Let tea bags steep for 10 minutes before discarding the tea bags.
- Meanwhile, dice up strawberries.
- Place in a food processor and puree.
- Strain pureed strawberries through a mesh strainer, reserving the juice and discarding the pulp.
- In a large pitcher, add tea, strawberry juice, and sugar.
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in 4 cups of cold water.
- Refrigerate until ice cold.
- Pour over ice and serve immediately.
- If desired used frozen strawberries as ice cubes and fresh strawberries or mint as garnish.
Want more refreshing tea?
Fresh Peach Iced Tea
Southern Sweet Iced Tea