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Teas To Drink This Fall Season:

Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea

Sweet tea gets a seasonal makeover in this fun, fruity recipe. Well-suited for a fancy ladies' lunch or a casual beach day, this Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea will be the drink of the summer.

Balanced and not overly sweet, this beverage is tea-forward with hints of strawberry and basil. The strawberry-basil simple syrup can be used for a variety of other mixed drinks, with or without alcohol. At many modern cocktail bars, herb garnishes are heavy-handed to give you the scent of the drink before the taste—replicate that experience with a plentiful bushel of basil as a garnish.

You can use the tried-and-true Southern trick of adding baking soda to the tea to prevent cloudiness, but know that since the thick strawberry syrup is not clear, it will cloud a bit more than regular sugar. Our Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea is fantastic all on its own, but if you're in the mood, feel free to spike it with a little something stronger (might we suggest a splash of bourbon?).


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, plus basil sprigs for garnish

  • 3 family-size black tea bags

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • Ice cubes