This Sweet Peach Iced Tea combines two of our favorite things – fresh ripe and fragrant peaches and iced tea. It’s so refreshing and fruity.
Peach is one of those flavors that everyone loves so why not add it to your iced tea? This recipe uses a flavorful peach simple syrup as its secret to success.
When I think of flavored iced tea, I think of peach tea. Something about the combination of tea and peaches is so wonderful. That unbeatable flavor and aroma of a ripe peach translates straight into the glass.
Whenever you find perfect peaches, scoop them up and make this iced tea. It’s heavenly, and you won’t regret using your beautiful produce on this beverage. If you’re up for a cocktail, I also love making a peach bellini with fresh peaches.
How to Clean Peaches
The first thing you need to do is clean your peaches and remove as much fuzz as possible. Always wash peaches before eating or using them because pesticides, dirt and other residues likely still cover the skin.
To wash, run them under cool running water and gently rub the surface with your fingers, pat it dry with a clean towel or paper towels, and you’re done. You can remove the skin of the peaches you serve directly in the glass, if your peaches are too fuzzy. Alternatively, you can use a nectarine in the glass.
How to Make Sweet Peach Iced Tea
First, add a cup of water to a pan and bring that to a boil. Once it’s there, take the heat down to a simmer and add in the sugar and stir until fully dissolved.
Add 4 of the chopped peaches- the fifth peach will be for garnish to put in the glass. Cook the peaches until soft and fragrant (your kitchen will smell heavenly!), about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, mash the peaches with a fork, and leave it to infuse for 1 hour.
After you’ve let it rest, run the juice through a fine sieve and make sure to get all the juice out by pressing it into the sieve.
Heat 3 cups of water in a kettle. Put the tea bags in a heat-resistant pitcher and pour the hot water over the tea bags. Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Then remove the teabags and discard them.
Add 4 more cups of cold water and allow the tea to cool completely. When you’re ready to serve it, pour in the peach simple syrup, stir well, and serve over ice with slices of fresh peach. Garnish with lemon and mint if desired.
Picking Good Peaches
Picking great peaches is a tricky thing. Too hard, and the peaches aren’t fully ripe. Anything you make with them will be more sour than sweet. Too soft and you’ll have piles of bruised slimy peach flesh on your cutting board.
The secret to buying the best peaches is feeling and smelling them. A ripe peach will have gentle give when squeezed. The best place to test their ripeness is where the stem used to be, or right around the shoulder of the peach. Also smell the peach. It should smell fragrant and sweet. If it doesn’t smell like much, it’s probably not ready to be eaten. If you buy unripened peaches, be sure to allow them enough time to ripen before using them.
Buying local peaches is a great idea, because they don’t have to travel as far as other peaches and will be picked at their peak ripeness. This recipe is a great way to motivate you to go to a farmer’s market nearby, or buy from a local fruit stand.
An alternative to fresh peaches – if you can’t find nice ripe ones or they are out of season – is peach nectar, which you can find in the can or jug at the grocery. Nectar can be used in place of the simple syrup in this recipe.
Tips For Making Sweet Peach Iced Tea
Stoning peaches by yourself can be a huge hassle, depending on the type. It’s easier to remove the pit of a freestone peach – where the flesh of the fruit isn’t connected to the pit. So if you can, find freestone peaches they’re a bit easier to work with than clingstone peaches. Some freestone peach varieties are Early Amber, Loring, and Golden Jubilee.
If you like lemon in your iced tea, this is a great recipe to add lemon to. It brightens the flavor overall and compliments the sweet fruitiness of the peaches.
You can make the peach simple syrup ahead of time if you’d like. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also use this simple syrup in other drinks. I like to drizzle some of this stuff on top of waffles too! It’s so good!
Other Iced Tea Flavors to Try
You can never have enough iced tea recipes for summer. If you love this iced tea, you should definitely try a few of our others. We drink a lot of iced tea in the summer, especially with fresh seasonal fruit.
Equipment for Making Iced Tea
You’ll need a 2-liter pitcher that is heat resistant (so it holds up to adding hot water directly to it), and a fine mesh strainer – like the ones pictured below (click the image to see it on Amazon) – to make this recipe.
If you’re not sure if your pitcher is heat-resistant, don’t pour the hot water or hot simple syrup directly into the pitcher. Allow it to cool first before putting it in the pitcher. Usually, the only time a glass pitcher will shatter is if it’s cold when you pour in hot liquid, but it’s best to be on the safe side.
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This fragrant and sweet peach iced tea will meet everyone's need for the classic peach tea pairing, with an added lift of lemon.
- 8 cups water, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 peaches, stoned and sliced
- 4 tea bags (black or green)
Add 1 cup of water to a pan and bring to a boil. Low the heat to a simmer and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Add 4 of the chopped peaches (reserve the final peach for serving) and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, mash the peaches with a fork, and leave it to infuse for 1 hour.
Strain the juice through a fine sieve, pressing to release all the juice.
Heat 3 cups of water in a kettle.
Put the tea bags in a heat-resistent pitcher and pour over the hot water. Steep for 5 minutes. Then remove the teabags and discard.
Add 4 more cups of cold water and allow the tea to cool completely. When ready to serve, pour in the peach simple syrup, stir week, and serve over ice with slices of fresh peach.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g