Peach Iced Tea Recipe
This peach iced tea recipe uses Ceylon tea for its base, with homemade peach syrup as a sweetener. To add to the peachiness, we freeze slices of peaches and use them instead of ice cubes when we serve the tea.
This recipe uses dried peaches and vanilla in the actual tea itself. We used a fresh vanilla pod and our own home-dried peaches. But you can buy dried peaches on Amazon - although it's definitely worth shopping around. Here's a starting point.....
When the peaches are in season, I like to chop them into slices and freeze them. Then we can enjoy peach iced tea later in the year when summer is just a distant memory and I need a reminder that sunshine will return...
Peach Iced Tea Recipe
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Makes about 4 glasses
6 tsp ceylon tea leaves
4 cups water
Quarter of a dried peach, sliced up
4 cm of fresh vanilla pod
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup peach syrup
2 ripe peaches
(fresh, or preferably frozen into slices)
Plenty of ice
Mint to garnish
- First make the tea.
- Pour all the water out of your kettle. Fresh water makes the best tea.
- Put four cups of water into the kettle and switch it on.
- Put 6 teaspoons of Ceylon tea leaves, the sliced up dried peach and the vanilla pod into a teapot.
- Watch the kettle and just as soon as the water comes properly to the boil, pour the water over the tea leaves and put the lid on the teapot.
- Set the timer for 5 minutes. If you brew black tea for longer than 5 minutes, it can taste bitter.
- In the meantime, choose a pitcher large enough to hold the tea and put 12 ice cubes into the bottom of the jug. Find your tea strainer....
- As soon as the timer goes off, pour the hot tea over the ice cubes through a tea strainer.
- Leave the tea to go cold. It will be cold within about 20 minutes.
- While the tea is cooling, you can make the peach cordial, if you don't already have it made.
- Also, you can chop the peaches into slices if they are fresh. Cover them and keep them in the freezer until you are ready.
- When the tea is cold, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tea and add about half the peach slices, and return the tea to the fridge for a further 15 minutes.
- After this time, remove from the fridge and add a tablespoon of lemon juice and 3/4 cup of peach syrup. Stir well, but carefully to keep the peaches whole.
- Taste and adjust. If it is not sweet enough, I would add a small amount of maple syrup which will bring out the flavour of the peach.
- Once the tea is ready, prepare the glasses. I like to use frozen peach slices instead of ice. So remove the rest of the peach slices from the freezer and divide it between the glasses. Garnish with some mint.
This peach iced tea recipe goes well with vanilla cupcakes and apricot tarts. It's also a great accompaniment to ham sandwiches in particular.