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Sweet Peach Iced Tea is a summer favorite and for good reason. It combines the delicious taste of ripe peaches with iced tea for a refreshing drink the whole family will love. You can make the peach iced tea as sweet as you like with the simple peach syrup recipe – and by using frozen peaches you can enjoy this Southern favorite any time of year!
If you find you have peaches left after making this simple tea, then why not try a classic Peach Cobbler recipe? Or if you are short for time, a Peach Dump Cake is as quick and simple as cakes come! Check out our other homemade iced tea recipes including our traditional Iced Tea and Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea
SWEET PEACH ICED TEA INGREDIENTS
You will need:
- 5 cups of cold water
- 1 family size tea bag (or 3 regular sized tea bags—we used Lipton but you can use any brand)
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup honey
- 2 cups frozen peaches, thawed and pureed
- 2 cups frozen peaches for serving (don’t thaw these!)
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
PEACHES: Fresh peaches can definitely be used in place of frozen ones. Substitute the two cups in the recipe for two cups of peeled and sliced fresh peaches. For the garnish, slice the peaches, put them on a parchment-lined pan, and freeze them until ready to serve. This keeps the flavor and shape perfectly.
TEA: You can use any tea you like for this recipe. Bagged teas can be easier to work with but if you have a tea infuser and a favorite loose-leaf tea, there’s no reason you can’t try this instead.
HONEY: You can also leave out some of the peach syrup and add honey in its place. This will help the drink be sweet but also add an extra level to the flavor. Just add the honey while the tea is hot.
MINT: Another fun ingredient to add is some fresh mint. Muddle the leaves with the bottom of a rolling pin in the pitcher before adding the tea to release the oils and then follow the recipe.
HOW TO MAKE THIS SWEET PEACH ICED TEA RECIPE
STEP ONE: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
STEP TWO: Remove from heat, add the teabag, and steep for 5 minutes.
PRO TIP: The amount of time you steep your tea depends on how strong you like it. Let it steep longer for a stronger tea.
STEP THREE: Pour the tea into a 2-quart pitcher then set it aside.
PRO TIP: If you have a French press, you could brew your tea in the press and when it comes time to strain tea leaves, or if your tea bags burst, you can push the plunger down to strain the tea leaves.
STEP FOUR: Take a medium saucepan and combine the sugar, honey, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
STEP FIVE: Add the pureed peaches and return to a low boil. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
STEP SIX: Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl, pressing on the peaches to squeeze out the juice. Throw away the fruit pulp.
STEP SEVEN: Add the syrup to the peach tea, tasting as you go to get the right sweetness. 1-2 cups of syrup to 4 cups of tea is usually nice and sweet but you can add more or less as you like. For a single serving of 8 ounces of tea, add ¼ to ½ cup of syrup.
PRO TIP: Don’t be tempted to add the fruit into the pitcher but keep it in the glass bowl. Otherwise, the fruit will start to break down and make the tea cloudy and a bit mushy.
STEP EIGHT: To serve, divide the frozen peaches into four glasses, add ice cubes and pour the hot tea over.
HOW TO SERVE
Add a slice of lemon to the rim of each glass as garnish and serve this delicious drink with a straw. This is a lovely refreshing drink for a hot summer day. Serve with a sweet treat such as our pineapple delight or lemon cheesecake bars. Offer our homemade raspberry lemonade for those who want to stick to caffeine-free or don’t like iced tea.
You can store any unused peach syrup in the refrigerator in a mason jar for up to a month. Just be sure to not add any extra fruit to the syrup to prevent fermentation or gas build-up.
There’s no need to order out or purchase store-bought versions to enjoy delicious sweet peach tea. With this simple recipe of frozen peaches, sugar, honey, and tea, you can make it at home whenever you want—plus, it will always be just as sweet as you like it!
A family-sized tea bag equals 3 regular tea bags. This recipe would use 9 regular-sized bags.
This peach sweet tea recipe uses just regular black tea from Lipton but you could experiment with your favorite tea flavor and brand.
You can use fresh peaches and they would work just as well in this recipe.
The steep time depends on your personal preference. If you like a strong tea, leave it to steep longer. If you like your tea milder, you only need to steep it for a short time.
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Sweet Peach Iced Tea
- 5 cups water divided
- 1 family size tea bag (or 3 regular size bags)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup honey
- 2 cups frozen peaches thawed and pureed (or 2 cups fresh peaches peeled and sliced)
- 2 cups frozen peaches for serving (Do not thaw, if using fresh, slice the peaches, lay on parchment lined pan and freeze until ready to serve)
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Remove water from heat, add tea bag, and steep for 5 minutes.
- Pour tea into a 2-quart pitcher. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, honey, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Add pureed peaches and return to a low boil. Remove from heat. Let cool.
- Pour syrup through a mesh sieve held over a small bowl. Press on the peaches to “squeeze” out as much of the juice as possible. Discard the peach pulp.
Peach Iced Tea
- Add syrup to the peach tea, taste-testing as you go until it reaches desired sweetness.
- To serve, divide the frozen peaches between 4 glasses, add ice, and pour tea over the peaches and ice.
- Store any unused peach syrup in the refrigerator.