Homemade Raspberry Iced Tea

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Forget store bought raspberry tea and make your own Homemade Raspberry Iced Tea! Black tea, fresh raspberries, a pinch of baking soda, and your sweetener of choice, and you’re set to go! You’ll have a thirst-quenching drink to enjoy throughout the year! {Vegan-Friendly + Gluten-Free}


  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 5 tea bags
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 22 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Sweetener, to taste (See Notes below)


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Then add the tea bags and remove from heat. Cover the saucepan and let the tea steep for about seven minutes. Once the tea is done steeping, carefully discard the tea bags (the liquid may still be quite hot) and then stir in the baking soda.
  2. Next, add the raspberries and let them soak in the tea for at least four hours to overnight. During the soaking process, you can leave the tea sitting on the counter at room temperature while it continues to cool and then transfer the raspberry tea mixture to the refrigerator to finish the soaking process.
  3. Once the raspberries have soaked, pour the mixture through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Using the rounded side of a spoon, press down on the raspberries in the strainer to extract the raspberry juice. Discard the raspberry pulp and then pour the tea through the mesh strainer one more time.
  4. Stir in your sweetener of choice and serve up, or refrigerate the tea. Contents will settle, so give your tea a good stir before sipping.


  • I typically use a 1 : 1 ratio for cups of water to tea bags.
  • Sweetener options include: stevia (a few drops), agave nectar, and 100% pure honey. 100% pure maple syrup would also work but will alter the tea flavor. For the agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup, I usually add about 1-2 tablespoons at a time until I get the flavor I want. 
  • Steep your tea for as little as five minutes for a milder tea and as many as ten minutes (or more) for a stronger tea.
  • Yield is an approximation in the event some liquid is lost to evaporation.