Raspberry Iced Tea from Scratch

There’s nothing like a refreshingly cold iced tea made with fresh raspberries on a hot summer day. Try this raspberry iced tea recipe that’s perfectly sweet and delicious.

Raspberry iced tea

Raspberry Iced Tea from Scratch

Fresh raspberries, black tea, sugar, water, and ice is all that’s needed to make this refreshing summer iced drink at home.

Raspberry iced tea is a great replacement for sugary soda, and with its pretty pink color it’s a wonderful non-alcoholic beverage to serve at BBQs and baby showers.

Serve it up in an iced tea dispenser or by the cup with a few fresh raspberries and your guests will rave about this fruity drink.

  • Makes 1 quart, which is 4 cups, and it’s easy to double the recipe.
  • Perfectly balanced so you can really taste the raspberries and the tea.
  • Tea that’s properly brewed so it’s not bitter or too weak.

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Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, this raspberry iced tea is made with black tea which has caffeine. I used double strength tea in this recipe to have the tea stand out against the raspberries.

Is there sugar in raspberry iced tea?
Yes, there is sugar in this raspberry iced tea but only 3 tablespoons for 4 servings. The sugar helps to boost the sweetness in the raspberries. You can easily take out the sugar if you’re looking for a sugar-free iced tea.

Can I use loose tea instead of tea sachets?
Replace each tea sachet with 1.5 teaspoons of tea. So, for this recipe, use 6 teaspoons of loose tea instead of 3 tea sachets.

What’s the best tea to use for this recipe?
Black tea works the best for this recipe since it is strong enough to pair with the sweet raspberries. Assam black tea is great but you can also use Earl Grey (black tea blend with citrus) or English Breakfast.

Raspberry Iced Tea Tips

  • Don’t add more raspberries than needed since it ends up tasting like cough syrup. 
  • A 12 oz. container of raspberries is perfect for this recipe. You will get 1 cup of raspberries plus extra for garnish.
  • Don’t add ice until you’re ready to serve the drink. 

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Raspberry iced tea ingredients

What You’ll Need 

Raspberry iced tea

How To Make It

There are two parts to this drink:

  • Black tea
  • Raspberry simple syrup

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Steeping tea for raspberry iced tea

MAKE TEA

STEP 1: Boil water.

Boil 1.5 cups of filtered water to 180°F.  (Filtered water makes for a better tasting tea.)

I love my electric kettle since mine has a water temperature setting which I can set to exactly how hot I want the water. 

If you’re not using an electric kettle, bring water to a simmer then let it cool down a couple of minutes.

STEP 2: Put tea sachets into a pitcher and add hot water.

I’m using tea sachets to make clean up easier but loose tea works great too, if not better.

STEP 3: Steep for 5 minutes.

STEP 4: Discard tea sachets and let tea cool.

Making raspberry simple syrup

Make raspberry simple syrup

STEP 5: In a saucepan, heat 2 cups water, sugar, and 1 cup raspberries.

Over medium-high heat, let it come to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Raspberry tea recipe

STEP 6: Mash raspberries.

As the water is getting ready to boil, use a wooden spoon or a potato masher and mash the raspberries. 

After cooking, the raspberries will lose almost all of their bright red color and look pale pink.

How to make raspberry iced tea

STEP 7: Strain raspberries simple syrup. Let cool.

Using a mesh strainer, filter out the raspberry solids and discard. 

Let the raspberry simple syrup cool for a little while, about 10 minutes. 

Raspberry iced tea recipe

STEP 8: Combine cooled down raspberry simple syrup and tea.

I don’t like adding the tea when the raspberry simple syrup is piping hot since it just takes longer for it to cool so wait until both have cooled down before combining.

Raspberry iced tea recipe

STEP 9: Pour raspberry iced tea into cups filled with ice.

Because the tea is brewed strong, ice shouldn’t water down the tea too much.

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Raspberry iced tea

OPTIONAL: Garnish with a couple of fresh raspberries.

 
 
 
Raspberry Iced Tea

Raspberry Iced Tea

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Refreshing, perfectly sweet iced tea made with fresh raspberries.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
    Heat filtered water to 180°F if using an electric kettle with a temperature setting.
  2. Put tea sachets into a pitcher and add hot water.
  3. Steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Discard tea sachets and let tea cool.
    Set aside.
  5. In a saucepan, heat 2 cups water, sugar, and 1 cup raspberries.
    Over medium-high heat, let it come to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Mash raspberries.
    As the water is getting ready to boil, use a wooden spoon or a potato masher and mash the raspberries. After cooking, the raspberries will lose almost all of their bright red color and look pale pink.
  7. Strain raspberries simple syrup. Let cool.
    Using a mesh strainer, filter out the raspberry solids and discard. 
  8. Combine cooled down raspberry simple syrup and tea.
  9. Pour raspberry iced tea into cups filled with ice.
    Optional: Garnish with a couple of fresh raspberries.

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    • Amazing..This is perfect iced tea in this hot summer, and it looks soo classy & delicious..i will try to make it from your recipe..Thanks for sharing…keep shared your new recipes…!

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