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.
About This Recipe
Fresh raspberries, black tea, sugar, water, and ice is all that’s needed to make this refreshing summer iced drink.
- Made by mixing fresh raspberry syrup and iced tea.
- Perfectly balanced so you can really taste the raspberries and the tea.
- Makes 1 quart, which is 4 cups, and it’s easy to double the recipe.
- Tea that’s properly brewed so it’s not bitter or too weak.
- Great beverage to serve at BBQs and baby showers.
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- Black tea sachets
Use loose tea or tea sachets of any strong black tea.
- Filtered water
Your tea will taste better when it’s made with better tasting water.
- Fresh raspberries
One small 12 oz. container is the perfect size for this recipe.
Use any sweetener you like but I like this with regular sugar.
- Ice cubes
Make your drink icy cold!
My Black Tea Pick:
How To Make Raspberry Iced Tea from Scratch
1. Make tea
Heat filtered water on the stovetop (bring to a simmer) or in an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Filtered water makes for a better tasting tea.
Steep tea and discard tea sachets. Set aside to cool.
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Black or oolong tea would work great for this raspberry iced tea. I’m using a great basic black tea, Assam tea. English breakfast tea or Earl Grey would also work well.
2. Make raspberry syrup
Heat raspberries, water, and sugar on the stovetop. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher and mash the raspberries.
The raspberries will lose their bright red color and look pale pink the longer it cooks.
Using a mesh strainer, filter out the raspberry solids and let the raspberry syrup cool.
3. Assemble drink
Combine cooled down raspberry syrup and tea.
I don’t like adding the tea when the syrup is piping hot since it just takes longer for it to cool, so wait until both have cooled down before combining.
Pour raspberry iced tea into cups filled with ice.
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Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries if you’d like.
The raspberry syrup and iced tea can both be made in advance and stored, combined or separate, in a pitcher or bottle.
I like to serve the drinks in small Weck jars, which doubles as portioned out storage containers. (Don’t add the ice until you’re ready to drink.)
Notes & 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. 12 oz. is a little more than 1 cup of raspberries which leaves you with extras to use as garnish.
- Don’t add ice until you’re ready to serve the drink.
Questions You May Have
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.
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.
Replace each tea sachet with 1.5 teaspoons of tea. So, for this recipe, use 2 tablespoons of loose tea instead of 3 tea sachets.
Black tea works the best for this recipe since it is strong enough to pair with the sweet raspberries. is great but you can also use (black tea blend with citrus) or
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Raspberry Iced Tea
- 4 cups ice
- 2 cups water
- 3 black tea sachets
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup fresh raspberries + extra for garnish
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- Boil water.Boil 2 cups of filtered water on the stovetop or using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. In an electric kettle, set it to 190°F. On the stovetop, bring water to a simmer, not a full boil. Use filtered water if possible for a better tasting tea.
- Put tea sachets into a pitcher and add hot water.
- Steep for 5 minutes.
- Discard tea sachets and let tea cool.Set aside.
MAKE RASPBERRY SYRUP
- In a saucepan, heat water, sugar, and raspberries.Over medium-high heat, let it come to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Mash raspberries.While simmering, use a wooden spoon or potato masher and mash the raspberries. The raspberries will lose their bright red color and look pale pink.
- Strain raspberries syrup. Let cool.Using a mesh strainer, filter out the raspberry solids and discard. Let the raspberry syrup cool for about 10 minutes.
- Combine cooled down raspberry syrup and tea.
- Pour raspberry iced tea into cups filled with ice.Optional: Garnish with a couple of fresh or frozen raspberries.
13 thoughts on “Raspberry Iced Tea from Scratch”
Amazing!! will never buy store bought again. vibrant color and so tasty without the cloying sweetness. Excited to make the peach next.. and try some of the other exciting recipes on this site. Have just sent over to my daughter – the syrup would be tasty with a cold glass of milk too..
I’m making mine with blueberries sounds soo yummy
Isn’t there nutrients in the skin of most fruits why would you discard would it seem less civilized perhaps‽ heck with it I’m keeping it all ! CHEERS
Hi Evelyn, you can keep the skin from the fruit on to make a puree!
Why strain the raspberries? Can you just mix in all of it?
Hi Deb, you can mix in the raspberries if you don’t mind raspberry bits in the tea.
Can raspberry tea be made without sugar?
Hi MaryLou, the best way to make raspberry tea without sugar is to cold brew it with some crushed raspberries.
Raspberries are the elite fruit. I mean strawberries are for farmers while raspberries are for world travellers like me. Remember Godiva dark chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream? SO Good!
Hi! I was wondering how different the recipe would be if I only have frozen raspberries 🙁 since we don’t usually have them in our country. But they look so delicious, I would love to try it.
Hi Mandi, it’ll be the same if you use frozen! Use the same amount of frozen raspberries as fresh raspberries. It should be just as delicious!
Can I make the raspberry syrup in advanced and keep it in the fridge for one night to serve next day?
Hi Emma, yes, the raspberrry syrup can be made days in advance since it’ll keep in the fridge without issues for at least a week.
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…!