Peach Sweet Tea, a blend of the southern classic sweet tea with fresh summer peaches and a hint of mint makes the most refreshing summer cool-down in a class.
Peach Sweet Tea Recipe
Not only is this refreshing beverage the perfect addition to any dinner party, backyard barbecue, or picnic, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. To whip up your own homemade peach sweet tea, you must first make your peach tea syrup and then turn it into the final product.
How To Make Peach Tea Syrup
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and add in the black tea, mint, and peaches.
- Use a masher or the back of a wooden spoon to break down the peaches and incorporate more of their flavor. Then, cover the saucepan and let the ingredients steep for 25 minutes.
- Set a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour the contents of the saucepan through the strainer and into the bowl to collect the peach tea simple syrup. Press your masher against the tea bags and peaches to extract any excess juice.
Is sweet tea the same as iced tea?
While many people (especially here in the South) believe that sweet tea is synonymous with iced tea, that’s not always the case. Iced tea can be served unsweetened and sweet tea can be served hot, but where I come from sweet tea is always iced and iced tea is always sweet.
What type of peaches should be used in peach iced tea?
Yellow peaches are the most common types of peaches used to make peach iced tea, but any type will work well as they’re all fairly similar in taste. You can use fresh peaches or frozen ones, but frozen ones should be defrosted first.
What is the difference between black tea and green tea?
Black tea and green tea differ in how they are processed and brewed, where they are grown, and how they taste. However, the most commonly talked about the difference between black and green tea is caffeine content. A cup of black tea typically contains around half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, while a cup of green tea contains around half the caffeine of a cup of black tea.
To make this homemade peach sweet tea, you will need the following key ingredients:
- Black tea. This type of tea tends to feature notes of stone fruit and honey, making it the perfect tea to pair with fruits like peaches. Tea bags and loose-leaf tea both work well, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
- Peaches. I generally use defrosted frozen peaches for convenience, but you can absolutely use fresh peaches if they are in season.
- Fresh mint. This refreshing herb adds a bright, sweet flavor and has a cooling effect on the body, making it the perfect addition to any homemade iced tea.
How to properly store Peach Sweet Tea?
Never leave your tea uncovered. Always store the tea refrigerator. However, you probably noticed that it started to lose its flavor after the first day.
PEACH TEA SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1 ½ cups organic cane sugar
- 1 ½ cups water
- 10 oz frozen peaches defrosted & chopped
- 1/4 cup mint
- 4 bags black tea or 4 tablespoons of loose-leaf black tea
- 8 cups cold water
- 6 oz frozen peaches
To Make Peach Tea Simple Syrup
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat bring sugar, water to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved remove from heat and add in tea bags, mint, and peaches. Use masher or back of a wooden spoon to help break down the peaches to incorporate their flavor.
- Cover saucepan and let steep for 25 minutes.
- Place mesh strainer on top of large bowl. Pour the contents of the saucepan in the strainer (letting the bowl collect the peach tea simple syrup). To get any excess juice, use the back of the wooden spoon to press against both the tea bag and the peaches. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate or use immediately.
To Assemble Peach Sweet Tea
- Pour the peach tea simpler syrup into the cold water and stir. Refrigerate until it reaches your desired temperature.
- To serve, add 3-4 frozen peach slices to a glass. Pour in chilled tea, garnish with mint sprig and enjoy.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
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