This fresh Peach Iced Tea brings all the wonderful flavors of fresh peaches into a lightly sweetened refreshing beverage. This is perfect for your patio party, summer swimming refreshments or your after yard work pick me up!
Summer is here and fresh tree ripened peaches are in and they are so sweet and delectable! Do you like peaches? We are a peach loving family. This peach tea, Fresh Peach Salsa, Peach Bellini, and Peach Crumb Bars are some of our favorites.
This tea is the perfect hot summer day beverage and it is always a winner with friends and family. It takes a little time to prepare this tea but you don’t have to stick around. I know you got better things to do so just leave those little jobbers simmering and go about your business.
How to make Peach Iced Tea
Start by boiling some water for tea. Then simply add your tea bags and let them seep. Now let the tea cool. If time permits chill the tea. This step can be done up to several days in advance, poured in a covered pitcher and stored in the refrigerator.
Now cut some peaches leaving the skin on. Add those, the water and sugar to a large pot over medium heat. Now bring it to a low boil. Then simmer for about thirty minutes. Next using an old style potato masher mash the cooked peaches. Then run the liquid through a fine mesh strainer or sieve. Discard what is left in the strainer. Finally combine the tea and the homemade peach syrup in a large pitcher, chill in the fridge and pour over ice cubes. Garnish with sliced peaches.
How do you tell when peaches are ripe?
- The best way I have found to tell when peaches are ripe is they have an undeniable sweet peach smell.
- The peach should be slightly soft with a little bit of give but not mushy. If it is firm and really hard like a watermelon than it is not ripe. If it is quick to give on gentle pressure or mushy than it is overripe.
- Another sign that a peach is ready for consumption is slightly shriveled skin around the stem. Theses wrinkle begin when the moisture begins to leave the fruit. These peaches sweetness and flavor will be at its peak.
- Store the tea in a covered pitcher in the fridge.
- You can also sweeten the tea with honey, maple syrup, or stevia.
- Garnish with extra peach slices and fresh mint.
- Use green tea, white tea, earl grey tea, or black tea bags. You can even use loose leaf tea but you will need a tea steeper or tea strainer.
Peach iced tea recipe variations:
- Ginger Peach Tea – Stir in one teaspoon finely grated ginger to the finished tea right before serving.
- Peach Green Tea – Use green tea bags instead of the usual tea blends.
- Peach Tea Lemonade – Add the juice of two lemons or limes for a lemonade or limeade twist.
- Peach Orange Tea – Add 1/2 cup pulp free orange juice for a Florida sunshine spin.
Well what are you waiting for? Put the ingredients for this recipe on your shopping list and enjoy this cool refreshing beverage before summer passes by.
More cool beverages you will enjoy!
Fresh Peach Iced Tea
A cool refreshing homemade peach iced tea made with fresh simmered peaches and tea bags. Brew up a batch of one of our favorite drink recipes for your loved ones today!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes plus cooling time
- Yield: 6 servings
- Category: beverage
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- 3 green tea bags
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 large peaches sliced (reserve 1 peach for garnish and don’t slice till tea is ready)
- 8 cups water
- Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add your tea bags and remove from heat. Let the tea bags seep for about 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
- Bring 2 cups water, sugar and peaches to a low boil (except not the peach you are reserving for garnish). Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Mash peaches with old style potato masher or spoon and simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and run through strainer. Allow to cool. Combine the cooled tea and peach water. Stir well. Serve over ice with fresh peach slices.
- If you like it sweet increase your sugar to 1/2 cup. I think peaches are naturally sweet but everyone has different taste buds. I have made this with 1/4 cup Stevia instead of the sugar and it is equally delicious and sugar free.
Keywords: peach iced tea, peach green tea, iced peach green tea lemonade
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