Ah, the sweet and succulent taste of peach iced tea - it's enough to transport you to a sunny paradise with just one sip. With its vibrant hue of sun-kissed orange, this beloved beverage is a tantalizing blend of juicy peaches, fresh tea leaves and just the right amount of sugar.
Some say that the secret to a perfect peach iced tea is in the brewing, while others bet on the quality of the fruit. But one thing’s certain - when it comes to quenching your thirst on a hot Aussie summer day, nothing beats a tall glass of this refreshing peach tea.
What is Peach Iced Tea?
Even if it’s not a scorcher, peach iced tea is a quintessential drink to refresh you. Especially as it’s really simple to make. You can make this delightful beverage at home by brewing high-quality tea leaves, then adding a generous amount of fresh peach puree and some sugar. That’s all you need to create a deliciously sweet and fruity drink.
There’s more to the peach iced tea than just simplicity in making! You can enjoy peach tea in various ways - over ice, with sparkling water for fizz. You can also add fresh mint or lemon to give the drink a zesty kick. Let’s dive in to see how to make peach iced tea.
How To Make Peach Iced Tea?
There’s nothing to not like this tea! We reckon you're going to love making peach iced tea at home because it's a breeze. Just add a few simple ingredients and your peach tea will be ready to refresh. So, let's get started with the peach iced tea recipe.
Serving size: 250 ml
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes (plus the cooling time)
Nutritional value (rough estimate per serving): Calories: 89, Total fat: 0.1 g, Carbs: 21 g, Total carbohydrate: 28 g, Dietary fibre: 1 g, Sugars: 26 g, Protein: 0.3 g
- 4-5 black tea bags
- 5 litres water
- 100 grams granulated sugar
- 4 ripe peaches – pitted and sliced
- 60 ml fresh lemon juice
Step one: Let’s prepare the tea first. Boil 1.2 litres of water in a medium-sized saucepan. If you’re using teabags, use 4-5 black tea bags or else you can use loose tea leaves accordingly. Let the tea steep for about 5-10 minutes.
Step two: Your black tea is almost ready. Just remove the tea bags and set the tea aside to cool to room temperature.
Step three: Use this time to make the peach puree. You’ll need 250ml water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar. Then chuck the sliced peaches into the saucepan and wait for them to soften.
Step four: You’re all set to make the peach puree. Once the water boils, lower the heat and mash the peaches. This is when you can add fresh lemon juice also to the saucepan.
Step five: Now strain the peach puree through a fine-mesh strainer to get a clear mixture.
Step six: By now your tea cools down to room temperature. You can now add the peach puree to the tea and stir to combine.
Step seven: That’s it! Now you can chill the peach tea in the refrigerator. Usually an hour in the refrigerator is enough but keep it for as long as it takes to get chilled.
Step eight: When it’s cold and you're ready to serve – pour the peach iced tea over ice. To elevate the visuals garnish the tea with fresh mint, lemon wedges or peach slices.
Variations of Peach Tea:
Get ready to try the variations of the peach iced tea recipe that we’ve enjoyed. You may like them or get inspired to maybe add your own unique spin on this refreshing drink and let everyone go wow.
- Let’s start off with the one that’s consumed most often. And that’s the one with a bit of spiciness. To get that spicy flavour, you just add fresh herbs, such as ginger or basil, to the peach puree. It must be done before straining it. This’ll add an extra layer of complexity to the flavour making it a truly unique and delicious drink.
- Second variation lets you create a different flavour profile. How? By using a different type of tea as the base. You can replace the black tea with any of these – green tea or herbal teas, like rooibos tea – or your preferred tea.
- Here’s a popular one among those who like a little kick. If that includes you, try adding a splash of vodka or gin to turn your peach iced tea into a delicious cocktail.
Amazing Tips and Tricks to Keep in Mind:
Now that we’ve shared the details of making peach tea, you can easily make it at home. But if that’s not enough and you’re still wondering how to make peach iced tea that’s perfect in every way – here’re a few tips and tricks for you:
Steeping the tea: The importance of steeping the tea properly can never be overemphasized. Always remember that for a stronger tea, you must use more tea bags instead of steeping for longer. Steeping the tea for too long usually makes it bitter.
Peaches: It's vital to use fresh and ripper peaches for the best flavour.
Peach puree: Remember not to use your peach puree without straining it through a fine-mesh strainer. Make sure you remove all the chunks and fibers. Let your iced tea be smooth and silky.
Tea temperature: Well…it’s called iced tea for a reason. Let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour and enjoy the full flavour of one of the best summer teas.
Sweetness: Peaches vary in sweetness, so adjust the amount of sugar as per their sweetness.
Garnish: Your tea may taste delicious but without the garnish, it’s not what it can be. So, make it perfect by adding fresh mint, lemon wedges or peach slices.
Add a twist: Want to make your peach iced tea a bit more interesting? Try adding a splash of sparkling water for some added fizz.
Ways To Store Peach Iced Tea
Now that you’ve made and enjoyed the peach tea, it’s time to store the leftovers. If you store it properly, you can enjoy easily enjoy another round of refreshing tea in the next few days. Here are a few tips on how to store peach iced tea properly:
Refrigerate: Transfer the leftover tea to a jug and store it in the refrigerator. This will let your tea retain its taste and aroma for around 3-4 days.
Freeze: You can even store the leftover peach iced tea. It’s simple – just transfer it to the ice cube trays and use them to add flavour to other drinks, such as lemonade or iced tea.
And that's a wrap! Our guide to crafting the perfect peach iced tea is here for you to try. Whether you stick to this peach iced tea recipe or add your own twist, you'll most likely end up with a crowd-pleaser. You may enjoy the peach iced tea on its own or pair it with a variety of food. It goes splendidly with light and fresh dishes like fruit salads or muffins.
Whether you’re lounging on the beach, hiking through the bush or simply lazing on your couch, a lovely peach iced tea is the perfect companion.
FAQs on Peach Iced Tea Recipe
Q. what is peach iced tea made of?
A. Peach iced tea is made by combining black tea with fresh peach puree. To add some tang, a squeeze of lemon is added, and a touch of honey or sugar is stirred in for some sweetness. Some folks like to throw in some mint leaves or ginger for some extra zing.
Q. is peached iced tea healthy?
A. We know that peach iced tea is a refreshing drink, but is it really healthy? Before the answer let’s recall that peaches are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. So it’s safe to say that the tea may have some nutritional value of the peaches added to it.
Q. how long does peach iced tea last?
A. If you’ve stored the tea properly in the fridge, it can last around three to five days. And freezing the peach iced tea will let you enjoy it for longer. However, before you take a sip of the stored drink, make sure there’re no signs of spoilage.
Q. can you make iced tea with just cold water?
A. You absolutely can make iced tea with just cold water! It takes longer but it’s possible. You need to steep your tea bags in cold water for a few hours. Preferably overnight. The result is a refreshing and delicious iced tea that's perfect for a hot summer's day.