Peach Iced Tea


Our love of peach tea began when I started canning peaches with a manageable small-batch recipe.  There’s always some simple syrup leftover, but this leftover syrup is not just plain old simple syrup. No siree!  It’s peach infused!  

Of course, I can’t just pour something that special down the drain, so I make iced tea using the fragrant, fruity syrup as the sweetener.  The rest of my family enjoys this refreshing drink as much as I do, so I wanted to find a way to create the same flavor, even when I wasn’t canning peaches.  Turns out, it’s super easy and every bit as delicious.  And it’s okay to fall in love with the recipe; after peach season has come and gone, frozen peaches work every bit as well.

Peach Iced Tea
For a special touch, serve with a fresh slice of peach and a mint sprig.

Yields 1+ quart.
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For the Peach Simple Syrup
  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (or 12 ounces frozen peaches)
For the tea
  1. 3 standard-size black tea bags
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 3 cups ice cubes, plus additional for serving
  1. For the peach simple syrup: Add the water, sugar, and peaches to a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 5 minutes. Set the pan aside, and let the syrup cool completely.  Strain out the peach slices (save for ice cream, smoothies, etc.--it's also the perfect amount for [Peach Swirl Baked Oatmeal|]!), and chill the simple syrup.  I like to transfer to a jar; it will keep for approximately a week in the fridge.
  2. For the black tea: Pour the 2 cups boiling water over the 3 standard-size tea bags.  (I often use good ol' Lipton.)  Brew 3 to 5 minutes.  Remove and discard the tea bags, and immediately add the 3 cups ice cubes, stirring until melted.  Transfer to a pitcher or quart-size jar, and refrigerate.
  3. To serve:  (Option 1) Fill a glass with ice, and then add the cold tea, leaving room for the peach syrup. Add the syrup to taste, stir, and enjoy. (Option 2) Add 1/2 cup peach syrup, or to taste, to the pitcher of chilled tea.  Store in the refrigerator and enjoy over ice.
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Peach Iced Tea


Small Batch Canned Peaches

As an option, use the leftover peach-infused simple syrup from Small Batch Canned Peaches…and have the peaches to enjoy over the colder months.

Peach Swirl Baked Oatmeal

Peach Swirl Baked Oatmeal is a delicious way to start your day…and the perfect way to uses the leftover peaches from the simple syrup!

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  1. Mary Lou Keller

    Oh does this look fabulous Ann! I need to try this. I happen to have 3 big peaches at home, waiting for them to get a bit riper.

    I also want to try the small batch canning.

    Hope you are doing well!

    1. Ann

      All is well here and we are enjoying a gorgeous stretch of summer weather with no humidity. Hope the same is true a little further south! Enjoy those peaches…and the tea!