Strawberry-Rhubarb Iced Tea Recipe

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I could eat strawberry-rhubarb pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but if it feels too early for dessert to you, the answer may be to incorporate these sweet-tart flavors into a drink. Rhubarb stars in the rum-based Late Spring Dark and Stormy and the sultry bourbon Rhuboulevardier, but earlier in the day you may be looking for non-alcoholic options, preferably caffeinated ones.

Enter strawberry-rhubarb iced tea, a pick-me-up that showcases the flavor of rhubarb and the gorgeous red color of early summer strawberries. It's an awesome accompaniment to brunch (or an afternoon barbecue.)

You can prepare the rhubarb syrup and brew the tea the night before, then put your guests to work slicing strawberries and layering them prettily between ice cubes so that the berries don't all float to the top.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 2 hrs
Serves: 6 servings

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Ingredients

For the Rhubarb Syrup:

  • 3 cups chopped rhubarb

  • 1 1/2 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

For the Iced Tea:

  • 2 quarts water

  • 5 bags English Breakfast Tea

  • 1 pint strawberries

  • Ice

Directions

  1. To make the rhubarb syrup, combine chopped rhubarb, water, and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pot. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until rhubarb has broken into shreds. Let cool, strain, and refrigerate in a sealed container.

  2. Bring 2 quarts water close to a boil, then pour over tea bags in a very large pitcher. Let brew for 5 minutes, then remove tea bags. Cool and refrigerate until chilled.

  3. To serve, add all the rhubarb syrup to chilled tea and stir. Slice strawberries and layer with ice in serving glasses, then top with tea.

Notes

Make sure your pitcher holds 10 cups of water comfortably before starting this recipe; if your pitcher is smaller, you may want to make two separate batches or reduce the quantities.

Special Equipment

Large pitcher, strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
46 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 46
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 141mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)