Nothing says summer like a cold glass of iced tea, right? Luckily, summer is also the season for juicy tree-ripe peaches. This peach iced tea recipe combines two of my favorite flavors of summer – tea and peaches!
As a kid, I preferred nectarines because the peach fuzz made my lips itch! Now, peaches are my absolute favorite summer fruit (probably since now I always peel them and don’t have to deal with those annoying itchy lips!).
This recipe makes enough for a pitcher of deliciously sweet peach tea. When I’m not needing a whole pitcher, I make up a batch of the peach syrup, bottle it and keep it in the refrigerator. Then when the mood strikes me, I can add a big sploosh to a tall glass of iced tea.
Whether you mix up a pitcher or a single glass, this recipe is sure to become a seasonal summer favorite. Read on for the perfect peach iced tea recipe to share with your friends and family this summer.
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Homemade Peach Iced Tea Recipe Steps
Gather Peach Iced Tea Ingredients & Equipment
This summertime iced tea recipe only requires a few ingredients, most you’ll already have on hand.
- Simple Syrup (1 cup granulated sugar + 1 cup water)
- 2 Ripe Peaches
- 3-4 tea bags or 2-3 Tbsp loose leaf black tea
- 8 cups of water
- Medium Saucepan
- Iced Tea Pitcher
Peel and Slice Peaches
I always peel my peaches for this recipe. You can either just peel them with a paring knife, or dip them in boiling water for 30 seconds so the skins slip right off. Once they’re peeled, slice them up and discard the pit.
Prepare Fresh Peach Simple Syrup
If you’ve never made simple syrup, it’s a super easy way to sweeten all kinds of drinks from teas and coffees to your favorite cocktail. I usually make up a batch, put it in a flip top resealable bottle and keep on hand in my refrigerator.
To make this fresh peach simple syrup, place the prepared sliced peaches, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and one cup of water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, crush the peaches and let the whole thing simmer for 10 minutes.
Infuse Ingredients Together
After the 10 minute simmer time, remove from heat, cover and set aside. The cooling time will allow the sweet peach flavor to infuse into the syrup.
When cool, you can strain out the peaches if you prefer, or leave as is. It’s really a matter of personal taste. If you do strain out the peaches, make sure to save them – they’re delicious over vanilla ice cream!
While the syrup gets all nice and syrupy, brew the black tea. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, add tea and let steep for 4-5 minutes. Once brewed, remove tea and transfer to a pitcher.
Refrigerate along with the syrup until refreshingly cold.
Mix and Enjoy Your Homemade Peach Iced Tea
Once the peach syrup and tea have been chilled, you’re ready to make your peach iced tea. If you’ve opted for a pitcher full, add the syrup to the iced tea. Otherwise, keep them separate and mix as you need.
To serve, fill a tall glass with ice and fill with this summery homemade peach iced tea. Garnish with peach slices if you want to be fancy. 😉
- 2 ripe peaches
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3-4 tea bags or 2-3 Tbsp loose black tea
- 8 cups water
- Peel and slice peaches, discarding the pit.
- Add peaches, sugar, and 1 cup water to saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Crush peaches, let simmer 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover and refrigerate until cool.
- When cool, strain peaches out if desired. Syrup can be bottled if you only want to mix up a glass of tea at a time.
- Make tea: boil 8 cups of water, add tea and let steep for 4-5 minutes.
- Remove tea bags or strain leaves and refrigerate until cold.
- Once both syrup and tea are well chilled combine, either as a pitcher-full or glass by glass.
- Serve in a tall glass over ice. Garnish with peach slices if desired.
- I like to strain my peaches out and save to use later as a topping for vanilla ice cream.
- This peach iced tea makes great popsicles too!
- Try freezing peach syrup in ice cube trays to add to plain iced tea.
- Only want a glass of peach tea at a time? Bottle syrup in flip-top reclosable bottles to use only as you need.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 115Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 0g
Your numbers may vary depending on serving sizes, etc.