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.
Yields 1+ quart.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (or 12 ounces frozen peaches)
- 3 standard-size black tea bags
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups ice cubes, plus additional for serving
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 and save for ice cream, smoothies, etc.–it’s also the perfect amount for Peach Swirl Baked Oatmeal (see link below)–and chill the simple syrup. I like to transfer to a jar; it will keep for approximately a week in the fridge.
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.
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.
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 is a delicious way to start your day…and the perfect way to uses the leftover peaches from the simple syrup!