Strawberry Iced Tea is made with sweet, fresh, strawberry simple syrup for a refreshing summer drink!
Sometimes at the end of a long, excruciating grocery store trip, I reward myself on the way to the check-out lane by grabbing a frosty bottle of peach iced tea. I enjoy it as I drive home and unload the groceries, patting myself on the back for a (dreaded) job well done (or at least accomplished).
On a recent trip to the grocery store, however, there was no peach iced tea to be found as I rounded the corner with my overflowing shopping cart. There was, however, bottled Strawberry Iced Tea, so I decided to give it a go. Wouldn’t you know…it was delicious. And it inspired me to devise a recipe for Strawberry Iced Tea at home!
I’ll be honest…on my first attempt of this recipe, I decided to go the easy route while also making the tea as healthy as I could muster. The resulting Strawberry Iced Tea was good, but not great. Pureeing and straining the strawberries was quick, but it made the tea rather cloudy. And using honey instead of sugar made the tea taste like, well, honey. While tasty and refreshing, it didn’t satisfy my craving for a good old-fashioned sweet tea infused with fruit.
So on my next attempt, I called upon a Homemade Strawberry Syrup recipe that I shared a few years back as the source for my strawberry tea goodness. Sure enough, combining this delectable strawberry simple syrup with freshly brewed black tea resulted in a beverage that was everything I’d been hoping for…bold berry flavor plus pure cane sugar sweetness in a thirst-quenching iced tea.
Is this tea a healthy, everyday drink? No, not really. But it is a yummy, refreshing, bliss-inducing summertime beverage. It’s a special recipe for entertaining loved ones, celebrating a special occasion, or treating yourself. It’s the epitome of summer in a tall, ice cube-brimming glass!
I say the next time you dread a trip to the grocery store, whip up a pitcher of Strawberry Iced Tea as a reward once you return home. You’ll never be so motivated to put an errand behind you! 😉
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