What says summer like iced tea? Lemonade perhaps — but you get the point. I put my own spin on a recipe for strawberry iced tea I found from Cincy Shopper based on what tea I had in my cupboard — Bigelow green tea with peach.
I already love making this tea iced, so I decided to give it a whirl in this recipe. So I started by bringing 1 quart (4 cups) of water to a boil. As that was boiling, I got a 1/2 cup of sugar ready and sliced the strawberries and a lemon in half. Once the water came to a boil, I added 4 tea bags and turned the heat off and let it steep for five minutes.
While the tea was steeping, I blended a package of strawberries with 2 cups of water until smooth.
The tea was done steeping around that point, so I removed the bags and put the strawberry mixture in. I juiced one lemon and added that directly to the pot then mixed well. I then strained the mixture in a pitcher (luckily my strainer was the same size as the pitcher — you might not luck out so hard). I added another 2 cups of water, stirred the tea and put the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill.
And then I chilled for several hours as the fridge did its thing. Once everyone had sufficiently chilled out (hey, it’s Friday night, after all) I added ice and one quartered strawberry to a glass (or Mason jar, if you want to be all Pinterest like me), then poured the tea in. The rest is history.
And there you have it. A pretty much effortless, fruity take on a summer classic. I can’t wait to try a zillion variations on this recipe.
Strawberry Peach Iced Tea
1 qt water + 1 qt water added later in increments
1 package of strawberries
4 or 5 tea bags
1 lemon, juiced
- Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add 4-5 tea bags and let steep for five minutes.
- Slice a package of strawberries, setting aside a few berries for garnish. Note: You might want to get extra strawberries for more drink garnishes. I only set aside enough for one picture-perfect serving of tea.
- Blend strawberries and 2 cups of water in a blender until mixture is smooth.
- Once tea has steeped, remove tea bags and add strawberry mixture to pot. Add the juice of one lemon to the pot and mix well.
- Strain mixture into a pitcher using a strainer or cheesecloth. Once strained, add 2 more cups of water and mix. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Once chilled, add ice cubes and strawberry garnish to a glass. Add tea mixture to the glass.
Happy Summer Solstice!