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Raspberry Sweet Tea

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This easy to make raspberry sweet tea is a perfectly refreshing treat for those hot summer days. It’s also great year round when you need something fresh and fruity!

The great thing about homemade sweet tea recipes is that you can control a lot of the aspects of the final result. You can control the strength of the tea brew, the sweetness, how much ice, etc. All of those things go out the window when ordering sweet tea out or buying it premixed in the store!

Infused tea and water recipes are great for mixing things up and creating your own new favorite beverages. Try out Blueberry Lime Mint Infused Water, Fresh Strawberry Lemonade, and Easy to Make Sweet Tea Recipe for even more delicious beverages you can whip up at home.

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pin showing the ingredients list as well as photo of the finished raspberry sweet tea

For those of you who take your sweet tea super seriously, I apologize in advance for having the audacity to put raspberries in a tea recipe. Chances are this northern sweet tea recipe was going to make you upset in some way or another anyhow, right?!

We have family in the south and they are always highly offended at the sweet tea offerings at local restaurants and chains when they come to visit. It’s kind of a running joke in the family that those of us who live here in Pennsylvania really don’t know anything about sweet tea. So, for that, I apologize in advance.

a top down look at two tall glasses of raspberry sweet tea ready to enjoy.

What do I need to make homemade raspberry sweet tea?

Now! Let’s talk about how delicious this raspberry sweet tea is. It uses fresh raspberries, brewed tea that has been chilled or iced, some baking soda if you’d like, and sugar.

If you want to substitute a sugar alternative you can definitely do that. I usually use stevia in my unsweetened iced tea when I order it from restaurants or chains, you could do the same here with this recipe.

I usually suggest you taste it along the way. The raspberries will add some natural sweetness to the recipe so that will impact the overall flavor and likely impact how much sugar or alternative you need to add.

Also, each kind of tea is different so depending on how strong you brew your tea and what variety you are using you may need more or less sweetener.

ingredients needed to make raspberry sweet tea

Kitchen Essentials For Drink Recipes:

You can make water infusion recipes with your favorite infusion pitcher, or just make a batch and carry it with you in your favorite reusable water bottle

If you want to muddle the fruit a bit you might want to have a muddler or wooden spoon to use. You can also use reusable infusion water bottles so you can keep adding more water throughout the day while keeping the fruit benefits going!

For smoothies you will want a great blender as well as some insulated travel cups so you can enjoy the smoothie at the perfect temperature.

A finished look at two flute style glasses filled with raspberry sweet tea

How to make raspberry sweet tea at home:

Place 2 cups water, the raspberries and 3 Tablespoons of sugar in a small saucepan over high heat.

raspberry syrup ingredients in a pot ready to be simmered

Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer until liquid has reduced by half.

raspberry syrup ingredients in a pot ready to be strained and used for syrup

Pour the raspberry syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl or measuring cup to remove raspberries. Discard raspberries.

raspberry syrup being strained into a glass measuring cup

Meanwhile, boil 4 cups of water. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes.

tea bags in hot water steeping

Remove tea bags and chill tea until cool, about 30 minutes.

cooled tea being poured into an empty glass pitcher

Taste the tea and add baking soda if it is bitter. Add more water if you want it less strong.

tea in the pitcher with basket of raspberries sitting alongside

Pour the raspberry syrup into the iced tea mixture and stir to combine.

adding raspberry syrup to the tea in the glass pitcher

As you can see we’re using a homemade raspberry syrup here that makes the tea recipe even better! It helps to really impart the flavor of the berries versus just having them kind of floating or soaking in the tea for a bit.

The great thing is that once you know how to make an easy raspberry syrup like this you can use it for all kinds of recipes. You could drizzle it on baked goods or over ice cream, add it to coffee, teas, or lemonade recipes, etc. There’s lots you can do with a sweet and tasty raspberry syrup!

finished raspberry sweet tea in mason jars ready to serve

Looking for more delicious recipes to try?

Here are some other great drink recipes that I think you will enjoy. There’s something for everyone from flavored waters to lemonade and even flavored seltzers you can make at home! Try them all out this summer and keep your drink menu fresh and exciting.

side view of the finished raspberry sweet tea in glasses ready to share

Printable Raspberry Sweet Tea Recipe:

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Raspberry Sweet Tea

featured image which shows two glasses of the finished raspberry sweet tea ready to serve.

This easy to make raspberry sweet tea is a perfectly refreshing treat for those hot summer days. It's also great year round when you need something fresh and fruity!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups Water
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda, optional
  • 3-4 Tea Bags

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups water, the raspberries and 3 Tablespoons of sugar in a small saucepan over high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer until liquid has reduced by half.
  3. Pour the raspberry syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl or measuring cup to remove raspberries. Discard raspberries.
  4. Meanwhile, boil 4 cups of water. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Allow to steep for 4-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and chill tea until cool, about 30 minutes.
  5. Taste the tea and add baking soda if it is bitter. Add more water if you want it less strong.
  6. Pour the raspberry syrup into the iced tea mixture and stir to combine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 35Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g
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