4 Easy Cold Brew Iced Teas with Fresh Fruit

4.80 from 15 votes

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Four deliciously refreshing iced tea with fruit combinations you can drink all summer long.

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Cold Brewed Iced Tea is THE Best Iced Tea

Forget steeping tea bags in hot water then chilling it over ice to make iced tea. The very best way to make THE PERFECT iced tea is to cold brew it.

Cold brewing creates a better iced tea since it’s a tastier, smoother tasting beverage that has no bitterness.

It’s surprising simple and easy to make cold brew iced tea with fresh fruit and the hardest part is waiting for the tea to cold steep in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Plus, in the summer who wants to deal with boiling hot water? NOT ME.

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Fruit-Infused Cold Brew Iced Tea Formula

My formula for the tastiest and prettiest cold brew fruit tea is:

Tea + 1 Fruit + 1 Citrus + 1 Herb

To make cold brewed fruit tea, add in sliced fruit, sliced citrus like lemon or lime, and finally an herb like basil or mint.

It all goes into a pitcher and gets cold brewed together. After 8-12 hours, take out the tea and it’s ready to drink.

Try any combination using my cold brew tea formula — they all pretty much taste great!

Since everything is going into the pitcher together to cold brew, I like to put the tea leaves in a giant tea filter bag so the loose tea has plenty of room to unfurl and also be removed easily.

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Cold Brewed Black Tea with Fruit

Black Tea + Fruit (Strawberries) + Citrus (Lemon) + Herb (Basil)

For the prettiest iced tea, add a burst of color by using a red fruit.

When you add strawberries to cold brew, a nice surprise is watching the tea turn into a lovely shade of pink after a day or two in the refrigerator.

4.80 from 15 votes

Cold Brew Iced Tea with Fresh Fruit

By: Jee Choe
Cold brewed black tea with fresh fruit.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups cold or room temperature water, filtered will taste best
  • [4 rounded teaspoons black tea loose leaf tea, or 4 tea bags]
  • 6-8 sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 thinly sliced lemon
  • small handful basil leaves

Instructions 

  • Put 4 teaspoons of black loose tea into tea filter bags. (Use tea bags if you prefer.) 
  • In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about eight hours or overnight.
  • Discard tea leaves or tea bag.
  • Serve with or without ice.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Tea Recipes
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Cold Brewed Oolong Tea with Fruit

Oolong Tea + Fruit (Peach) + Citrus (Lime) + Herb (Rosemary)

My favorite teas to cold brew are black tea and oolong. They pair really well with fresh fruit.

White teas are the hardest since the taste is so subtle the fruit can easily overpower it.

Keep the peel on the peach for a little color.

5 from 6 votes

Iced Oolong Tea with Fresh Fruit

By: Jee Choe
Cold brewed oolong tea with fresh fruit.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups cold or room temperature water, filtered will taste best
  • 4 rounded teaspoons oolong loose leaf tea, or 4 tea bags/sachets
  • 1 peach, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2-4 rosemary sprigs

Instructions 

  • Put 4 teaspoons of oolong loose tea into tea filter bags. (Use tea bags if you prefer.) 
  • In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about eight hours or overnight.
  • Discard tea leaves or tea bag.
  • Serve with or without ice.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Tea Recipes
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Cold Brewed Green Tea with Fruit

Green Tea + Fruit (Raspberries) + Citrus (Lemon) + Herb (Mint)

Since green tea is a lighter tea than black or oolong tea, it’s best not to overwhelm the flavor by putting in a fruit that’s too strong in taste like pineapple.

4.89 from 9 votes

Iced Green Tea with Fresh Fruit

By: Jee Choe
Cold brewed green tea with fresh fruit.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups cold or room temperature water, filtered will taste best
  • 4 rounded teaspoons green loose leaf tea, or 4 tea bags/sachets
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Small handful mint

Instructions 

  • Put 4 teaspoons of green loose leaf tea into tea filter bags. (Use tea bags if you prefer.) 
  • In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about eight hours or overnight.
  • Discard tea leaves or tea bag.
  • Serve with or without ice.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Tea Recipes
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Cold Brewed Herbal Tea with Fruit

Chamomile Tea + Fruit (Raspberries and Kiwi) + Citrus (Lime) + Herb (Thyme)

This one doesn’t have any caffeine since it’s an herbal tea, also called a tisane. I used chamomile for this cold brew.

I went all out and used TWO kinds of fruit. WHOA. Haha.

The kiwi can overwhelm the flavor so I only used half and then added raspberry for a pop of flavor and color.

5 from 5 votes

Iced Herbal Tea with Fresh Fruit

By: Jee Choe
Cold brewed herbal iced tea with fresh fruit.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups water, cold or room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons herbal loose leaf tea, or 4 tea bags/sachets
  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 kiwi, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 thyme sprigs

Instructions 

  • Put 4 teaspoons of herbal loose leaf tea into tea filter bags. (Use tea bags if you prefer.) 
  • In a pitcher, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about eight hours or overnight.
  • Discard tea leaves or tea bag.
  • Serve with or without ice.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Tea Recipes
Tried this recipe?Mention @ohhowcivilized or tag #ohhowcivilized!

About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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7 Comments

  1. Hi,
    Is it really OK to steep the citrus for 12 hours? I have found the longer you steep citrus, the more bitterness you get from the peels.

    1. Hi Kevin, the citrus slices are fairly thin so they shouldn’t get too bitter. If you’re worried about the bitterness, you can peel the citrus, then add them to make the cold brew.

  2. 5 stars
    Hi ! I just tried the strawberry/lemon/mint recipe and I absolutely love it ! It’s delicious and super refefreshing 🙂 I will definitely try with other fruits as well, thank you so much for the recipes !

  3. Hi! Amazing recipe. May I know how Long can the fruit tea keep in fridge and airtight bottle after taking out the teabag?

  4. Hi! can I cold brew tea with apples? would the flavor be infused or should I add in apple juice instead?

    1. Hi Sidra, you can brew tea with thinly sliced apples but you won’t get a strong apple flavor. Apple juice would be better!