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This Homemade Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea is a wonderfully refreshing summer drink and is made with fresh strawberries and hibiscus tea. It’s a lightly sweetened iced tea that will cool you down on a hot day.

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This homemade strawberry hibiscus iced tea has made Georiga’s hot summer days tolerable. I can’t believe I didn’t share this recipe before. I have shared a sparkling hibiscus iced tea with you and I love that one, but this fruity version is amazing, plus the deep pink color is just so stunning.

Typically I drink my tea unsweetened or with a little bit of honey; however, I will drink this strawberry hibiscus tea a little sweet. It’s made with a strawberry simple syrup that is plenty sweet for me but I know Southerners (and others) love their sweet tea so I give you options with this recipe!

This iced tea would be perfect to sip on after a long day or to serve at a fun summer party, like the Fourth of July!

overhead view of strawberry hibiscus iced tea in glasses

Homemade Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea

In the summer I drink gallons of iced tea, all different flavors. I really prefer herbal teas over black tea unless it’s in the form of a tall glass of Thai Iced Tea. I’m not a fan of teas with lemonade but I love this copycat version of Passion Tea Lemonade. My favorite has to be iced hibiscus tea and not many care to drink it without some type of sweetener or mixed with fruit.

Easy recipes like this strawberry hibiscus iced tea start with a simple syrup made with strawberries, sugar, and water. Simmered on the stovetop until thickened and deep red in color.

Brewing the floral hibiscus tea is easy and takes about 10 minutes, including steeping time. Then you just add your sweetener, if using, and some fresh lemon juice. Chill and serve over ice. This recipe does make quite a lot of tea, a little more than half a gallon but can be halved.

close up of iced tea made with strawberries and hibiscus

What is Hibiscus Tea?

Dried hibiscus flowers make up the tea and when brewed the tea turns a ruby red or deep magenta in color with a tart taste, caffeine-free, and full of health benefits.  Many people who drink this tea will sweeten it and one popular way is to add spices like ginger to give the tea balance.  Drinking hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure since it is a natural diuretic.  Some studies have shown that drinking hibiscus tea can raise cholesterol HDL levels, the “good” cholesterol levels.  Other benefits of drinking this delicious tea include improving mood, aiding in weight loss, boosting immunity, and a few more.

You can find hibiscus tea in the form of tea bags or loose tea in your grocery store, online, or at an Asian or Mexican market.

hibiscus tea leaves

Ingredients

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the tea:

  • 3 family-sized hibiscus tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • sugar to taste (optional, and add to taste)
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedges and strawberries for garnish

Directions

To make the strawberry simple syrup:

In a medium saucepan add the strawberries, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 cups of water. Give it a stir and cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.

saucepan filled with strawberries and sugar to make strawberry syrup for tea

Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until strawberries are soft and the liquid is a deep red color.

Using a mesh strainer, strain the strawberry syrup into a large pitcher. If you’re using a glass pitcher make sure it can withstand the hot syrup and tea. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the fruit to get the juice out, but not too hard. Set aside.

strawberry syrup cooling in measuring glass

To make the hibiscus tea:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in the microwave. Carefully remove the container from the microwave and add the 3 family-sized hibiscus tea bags to the hot water. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags. If you’re wanting to make this a sweeter tea, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar and stir well.

Note: I did not add more sugar as I prefer my iced teas more on the unsweetened side. The strawberry syrup was enough sweetener for me.

steeping hibiscus tea in glass measuring cup

Pour the hot tea into the large pitcher with the strawberry syrup. Add 8 cups of cold water and the juice of one lemon. Stir well. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

To serve: fill glasses with ice, pour the tea, and garnish with strawberries and lemon wedges. Don’t forget the straw!

pitcher of hibiscus iced tea with strawberries and a glassful of tea and ice

Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea is made with a blend of tangy hibiscus tea and juicy strawberries, this cooling beverage is bursting with flavor and is sure to quench your thirst on hot days. Sip, savor, and stay refreshed all season long!

two glasses of strawberry hibiscus tea with straws and fruit garnish

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • Frozen strawberries can be used to make the simple syrup but thaw first.
  • If you can’t find the family-size hibiscus tea bags, use 9 of regular-sized tea bags. I like this brand.
  • When sweetening the hibiscus tea, start with the least amount of sugar and taste. Add more if needed.
  • You can also use honey or stevia in place of the sugar, just be sure to add a little and taste first.
  • Try this iced tea recipe with blackberries, or other berries like blueberries. Raspberries are delicious in this recipe, too.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.
  • If making this for only a few people, you can half the recipe. OR, pour some of the tea into ice cube trays and freeze. Add them to your iced tea so it doesn’t get watery.
close up of iced tea made with strawberries and hibiscus

2024 Alphabet Challenge – “I”

In updating this post, I am sharing it in the 2024 Alphabet Challenge in which fellow foodies will share recipes with the letters of the alphabet. Twice a month we will bring you two letters – recipes that either start with the letter or the main food in the recipe starts with that letter. Today is the letter “I” and I am sharing this refreshing Iced tea – Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea recipe with you. Here is what the others are sharing. To see all the recipes I have shared in this challenge, go here.

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two glasses of strawberry hibiscus tea with straws and fruit garnish

Homemade Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

This Homemade Strawberry Hibiscus Iced Tea is a wonderfully refreshing summer drink and is made with fresh strawberries and hibiscus tea. It's a lightly sweetened iced tea will will cool you down on a hot day.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hibiscus, iced tea, strawberry, strawberry hibiscus iced tea
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 14 servings

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the hibiscus iced tea

  • 3 family-sized Hibiscus tea bags
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ – 1 cup sugar (see note about sweeteners)
  • 8 cups COLD water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Ice
  • strawberries and lemon slices for garnish

Instructions

To Make the Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • In a medium saucepan add the strawberries, 1 cup sugar and 2 cups of water. Give it a stir and cook over medium high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes, or until strawberries are soft and the liquid is a deep red color.
  • Using a mesh strainer, strain the strawberry syrup into a large pitcher. Using the back of a spoon, press down on the fruit to get the juice out, but not too hard. Set aside.

To Make the Hibiscus Tea

  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in the microwave. Carefully remove the container from the microwave and add the 3 family sized hibiscus tea bags to the water. Let it steep for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bags. If you're wanting to make this a sweeter tea, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar and stir well.
    *Note: I did not add more sugar as I prefer my iced teas more on the unsweetened side. The strawberry syrup was enough sweetener for me. If you prefer a sweet iced tea, start with ½ cup of sugar and taste. Add more if needed.
  • Pour the hot tea into the large pitcher with the strawberry syrup. Add 8 cups of cold water and the juice of one lemon. Stir well. Refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
  • To serve: fill glasses with ice, pour the tea and garnish with strawberries and lemon wedge. Don't forget the straw!

Notes

  • Frozen strawberries can be used to make the simple syrup but thaw first.
  • If you can’t find the family-size hibiscus tea bags, use 9 of regular-sized tea bags. I like this brand.
  • When sweetening the hibiscus tea, start with the least amount of sugar and taste. Add more if needed.
  • You can also use honey or stevia in place of the sugar, just be sure to add a little and taste first.
  • Try this iced tea recipe with blackberries, or other berries like blueberries. Raspberries are delicious in this recipe, too.
  • If making this for only a few people, you can half the recipe. OR, pour some of the tea into ice cube trays and freeze. Add them to your iced tea so it doesn’t get watery.

Nutritional Disclaimer

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pitcher of hibiscus iced tea with strawberries and a glassful of tea and ice

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4 Comments

  1. I have made hibiscus simple syrup for making iced tea but I have also used it for making Hibiscus Margaritas.

  2. I love the flavor of hisbiscus tea. Adding strawberry syrup takes it to another level.

  3. 5 stars
    What a wonderful colour both the strawberries and hibiscus tea impart. Can’t wait to try out this iced tea recipe during summer. It is still cold where I am.

  4. What a great recipe. Especially considering it’s almost strawberry season!!!