Bella Basil Raspberry Tea

Total Time

Prep: 45 min.


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
Give iced tea a grown-up twist. Fragrant basil lends flavor and the raspberries give it a bright red color. Tou’ll love the fun fizz and make-ahead convenience! —Laurie Bock Lynden, Washington
Bella Basil Raspberry Tea Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 1 bottle (1 liter) carbonated water or 1 bottle (750 milliliters) sparkling rose wine
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional: Fresh raspberries and basil leaves


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the raspberries, sugar, basil and lime juice. Mash berries. Cook over medium heat until berries release juices, about 7 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat; add tea bags. Cover and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, discarding tea bags and raspberry seeds. Transfer tea to a 2-qt. pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. Just before serving, slowly add carbonated water or wine. Serve over ice. If desired, top with fresh raspberries and basil.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 281 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.