Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea

A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Southern Delight



Preparation Phase & Tools To Use

Tools Needed:

  • Large pitcher
  • Saucepan
  • Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden spoon


Ingredients & Their Roles

  • 4 cups of water – For brewing the tea; acts as the base of our drink.
  • 4-6 black tea bags (depending on desired strength) – The heart of any sweet tea, providing that classic, rich flavor.
  • 1 cup of fresh strawberries, hulled and halved – Adds a sweet, fruity twist to the tea.
  • 3/4 to 1 cup of granulated sugar (adjust to taste) – Sweetens the tea, balancing the tartness of the strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup of water (for the strawberry syrup) – Used to create a syrup with the strawberries, intensifying their flavor.
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish – Enhances presentation and adds a fresh burst of flavor.
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional) – Adds a refreshing aroma and a touch of elegance.



Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Brew the Tea: In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, and allow them to steep for 5-7 minutes. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a large pitcher.
  2. Make Strawberry Syrup: In the same saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of water with the 1 cup of hulled and halved strawberries and the sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the strawberries are soft and the mixture has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.
  3. Blend & Strain: Let the strawberry mixture cool slightly, then blend it until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into the pitcher with the tea, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
  4. Chill: Stir the strawberry tea mixture well. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.
  5. Serve: Serve the tea over ice, garnished with fresh strawberry slices and optional mint leaves.


Timing & Nutritional Information

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes, plus chilling
  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Kcal: Approximately 100 kcal per serving (varies based on sugar amount and brand of tea)

Nutritional Information & Health Benefits:

This Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea is not only refreshing but also offers vitamin C from strawberries, antioxidants from the black tea, and hydration benefits. It’s a healthier alternative to soda and other sugary drinks when consumed in moderation.

Common Mistakes To Avoid & How to Perfect the Recipe

  • Oversteeping the tea: This can make the tea bitter. Keep an eye on the clock when steeping.
  • Not adjusting the sugar: Taste as you go and adjust the sugar according to your preference and the sweetness of the strawberries.
  • Forgetting to chill: This beverage is best served cold, so give it enough time in the fridge.
  • Not blending enough: Ensure the strawberry mixture is fully blended for a smooth syrup.



Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea is the perfect blend of traditional and modern, offering a refreshing and flavorful twist on classic sweet tea. By following these steps and tips, you’ll create a delightful beverage that’s sure to impress and refresh on any warm day. Enjoy this delicious drink with friends and family, or savor it as a special treat for yourself.

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