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Strawberry-Basil Iced Tea


Strawberries and basil give nuance to iced tea. The drink is toted in an old-fashioned glass jar, with ice added just before serving. Small bags of pistachios are the perfect accompaniment.

  • Servings: 8
  • Yield: Makes 2 quarts
Strawberry-Basil Iced Tea

Photography: Simon Watson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2009


  • 8 black-tea bags
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved (quartered if large)
  • 1 cup water, plus more for steeping
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • Ice, for serving


  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, and let steep for 5 minutes.

  2. Place strawberries in a bowl. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. 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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  • speckledjersey
    1 AUG, 2014
    I had to write this review considering I've made it two days in a row and can't stop drinking it. I've been making this iced tea for several summers now and I've never had a guest not gush over it. The flavours are the perfect blend that compliment the tea. I specifically grow basil ever summer for the recipe and the basil never seems to grow fast enough for me to have this drink. The best part is eating the strawberries at the end. Make it, you won't be disappointed.
  • c6430hp
    1 OCT, 2011
    Firstly, I doubled the recipe. The recipe didn't seem like enough. Then I added two, thin slices of jalopeno pepper to each glass. Perfect touch: just a little zing. Do you know the Pepper Theory? Anita, of Anita's Cocina, in Wickenburg, AZ told it to me. "Eating a pepper is like taking a bullet. You never know what it's going to do. Same with peppers. Some are hot. Some aren't. Some are supposed to be hot, but they're not. Some aren't supposed to be hot, but they are. You just never know."
  • nanopia
    29 JUN, 2010
    I wasn't wowed by this really. I don't taste the strawberries at all. This is great if you like sweet tea, But I wish I had gotten some lemons to sour it up!