Strawberry Basil Iced Tea
Hi friends! Looking for a refreshing and flavorful drink to cool off this summer?
Strawberry Basil Iced Tea
Are you looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make summer drink? Look no further than Strawberry Basil Iced Tea! This sweet and tangy beverage is perfect for sipping at picnics, barbecues, or any summer gathering. Keep reading to learn how to make this delicious iced tea and impress your guests with your mixology skills.
Inspired by a blueberry basil iced tea recipe I fell in love with from Food Network Magazine, this Strawberry Basil Iced Tea is sure to become a new favorite.
To make Strawberry Basil Iced Tea, you only need a few simple ingredients and a little time in the kitchen. The recipe combines fresh strawberries’ sweetness with basil’s herbal notes, creating a unique and delicious flavor. Plus, it’s easy to customize to your liking – add more or less sugar, adjust the amount of tea bags used, or even try swapping out the strawberries for a different type of berry.
Whether you’re hosting a summer party or just looking for a refreshing beverage on your porch, Strawberry Basil Iced Tea is the perfect choice to add to your rotation.
While my old favorite was Strawberry Peach Iced Tea, I switched things up with this fruity and herbaceous twist. Using fresh strawberries and green tea, this recipe is easy to modify to your liking. Not a fan of strawberries? Try blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even peaches instead. And if green tea isn’t your cup of tea (pun intended), feel free to experiment with black, white, or oolong tea. With its sweet berries and refreshing tea, this Strawberry Basil Iced Tea is sure to become your new go-to summer drink. Keep reading for the full recipe and instructions.
My Strawberry Peach Iced Tea from a few years ago has been my favorite for a long time, and it was time to add some new options to my rotation. For the recipe I’m sharing with you, I used strawberries as my chosen berries and green tea for the tea part. Like most berry recipes, you can customize this iced tea to fit your taste. Use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even peaches if you like. Similarly, you can use whatever tea you like. I used green tea as it is refreshing, and I love it with strawberries. But feel free to use black, white, or oolong.
Strawberry Basil Iced Tea Ingredients:
- fresh strawberries
- fresh basil
- green tea bags
- cup sugar
How to Make Strawberry Basil Iced Tea
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the hot water to a heat-safe bowl.
Wash and hull the fresh strawberries, and chop them into small pieces. Take a few fresh basil leaves and tear them into small pieces.
Add the chopped strawberries, torn basil leaves, and sugar to the hot water in the heat-safe bowl. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves completely. Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes to let the flavors infuse.
After 5 minutes, add the tea bags to the bowl and let them steep for about 5 minutes. Make sure that the tea bags are completely submerged in the mixture.
Strain the fruit and tea bags, add 3 cups of cold water to the tea mixture, and stir well. Taste the tea and adjust the sweetness according to your preference. You can add more sugar if you like your tea sweeter.
I find the basil is perfect for this recipe when it is just a hint and not overpowering. But that is my preference. If you prefer a stronger flavor, you can steep the fruits, basil, or tea bags for longer. You can reduce the steeping time or use fewer tea bags if you prefer a milder flavor.
How to Serve Strawberry Basil Iced Tea
When you’re ready to serve the tea, fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the chilled tea over the ice. Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries and basil leaves. Enjoy your homemade strawberry basil iced tea!
How to Store Iced Tea
Cover the pitcher with a lid or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the tea to chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. The longer you let it chill, the better the flavor.
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Let me know in the comment section below what you think of this refreshing iced tea recipe. What do you plan to serve with it all summer long?
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (more to taste)
- 12 green tea bags (or your favorite black tea)
- To serve: ice, fresh strawberries, fresh basil
- Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl.
- Add in the fresh strawberries, basil, and sugar.
- Stir until sugar dissolves and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Add in the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
- Pass the tea through a sieve removing the bulk strawberries and basil. Press the strawberries into the sieve to drain all the juices.
- Add about 3 cups of cold water. Taste the tea and adjust the sweetness to desired taste.
- Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Serve chilled tea over ice. Add in sliced strawberries and basil.
- You can use your favorite berries for this recipe as well as any kind of tea.
- Recipe modified from Food Network Magazine
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