The base recipe is for Strawberry Limeade which is great all by itself. You can add a little spritzer water to zing it up a bit.
For the iced tea version, you simply substitute fresh brewed tea for the iced water.
The strawberry limeade mixture doesn't lend itself as a sweetener for the tea, just flavors it nicely. Between the two, I would stay with the base recipe and leave out the tea. The strawberry and lime flavors are more prominent and the coloring is much prettier without the tea giving it a murky look.
Strawberry Limeade Iced Tea
Makes 7 cups
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup sugar
4 cups freshly brewed tea, chilled
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)
Mise en place:
- brew tea and set aside to cool, then chill in refrigerator
- wash, core and slice strawberries into large mixing bowl
- measure out sugar
- juice limes
Stir together the strawberries and sugar in a large bowl; crush strawberries with a wooden spoon, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
Process strawberry mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
Press mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher; using the back of the spoon to squeeze out juice; discard solids.
Add cold tea and lime juice, stirring until blended. Cover and chill 2 to 4 hours.
For Strawberry Limeade, use 4 cups cold water instead of tea.