Strawberry Basil Iced Tea

In honor of National Iced Tea Day, here is a recipe using fresh strawberries in season. Combined with basil, the tea feels cooling and refreshing with a modest lift from the tea.

This recipe and photo first appeared on and was modified to include seasonal ingredients.


  • 8 black or green tea bags
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 cup water, plus more for steeping
  • 1/2 cup honey (or equivalent sweetener)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • Ice, for serving


  1. STEP 1Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. STEP 2Place strawberries in a bowl. Bring water and honey to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring until honey melts. Remove from heat, add basil, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain over strawberries; discard basil. Toss to coat. Let stand until cool, about 25 minutes. Combine strawberries (with syrup) and tea in a pitcher. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, and garnish with basil.
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