Peach iced tea being poured into a glass from a bottle

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This homemade peach iced tea is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot day. Fruity and naturally sweetened with honey, make a batch of it on a summer’s day.

Is it good for you?

There have been numerous studies on the health benefits of drinking tea, and the good news is that it counts whether you drink it hot or cold. In particular, it contains antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from damage. This recipe also uses black tea which has been found to lower your risk of stroke (although black tea contains the highest amount of caffeine among all the different types of tea, so drink it in moderation).

While this recipe uses peach as a flavouring and extracts the juices (rather than eating the whole thing) you will still benefit from some of the nutrients from the fruit too. They also contain antioxidants along with Vitamin C and A amongst others.

Peach iced tea in a glass with mint and peach slices

How long does it keep?

The CDC (United States) states that iced tea should be kept for only 8 hours. However, cases of issues from keeping iced tea are extremely rare and you should be good to keep this for a day in the fridge if you take care with the preparation:

  1. Make sure that the water is absolutely boiling when you make the tea, to kill any bacteria on the leaves
  2. Once the tea has cooled transfer it to the fridge as soon as possible so it’s not sat at room temperature for long.
  3. Use an airtight container to store the tea in the fridge – or cover your jug tightly with clingfilm.

Can I make it without honey?

The honey in this tea is added to give extra sweetness to the drink. So, if you prefer unsweetened tea, you can leave this out. You could also use simple syrup instead. To make this simply dilute a couple of spoonfuls of sugar in a small amount of hot water and leave to cool. Add a little at a time to the tea until you have the desired sweetness. You could also do this with powdered sweetener instead to reduce the calories in the tea.

The iced tea contains 39 calories per serving which will reduce to around 18 if you omit the honey or use zero-calorie sweetener instead.

Ingredients

For a full list of ingredients with weights and measurements jump to the printable recipe card.

  • Peaches, destoned and roughly chopped
  • Black tea bags – you can try earl grey as an alternative, or extra-strong black tea for a more intense result
  • Honey
Peach iced tea ingredients

How to make it

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  1. Brew a tea bag in boiling water in a mug. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the peach and honey to a blender or food processor and blitz.
  3. Remove the teabag from the mug and add the peach syrup (don’t worry about how it looks at this stage!)
  4. Leave the tea to cool and then place in the fridge until you are ready to drink.
  5. Strain the tea into a glass or jug through a fine-mesh sieve.

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Peach iced tea being poured into a glass from a bottle

Peach Iced Tea


  • Author: caroline
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

This homemade peach iced tea is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot day. Fruity and naturally sweetened with honey, make a batch of it on a summer’s day.

The default recipe makes one glass of tea. 


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 peach, destoned and roughly chopped
  • 1 black tea bag (see note 1)
  • 1 tsp honey (see note 2,3)

Instructions

  1. Start by brewing a tea bag in boiling water in your favourite mug. Leave to steep for 3-5 minutes depending on how strong you like it. Leave a little room at the top of the mug to add the peach syrup. 
  2. Add the peach, honey and a tbsp of water to a blender or food processor. Blitz until you have an even consistency. 
  3. Remove the teabag from the mug and add the peach syrup. It will look bitty and a little unappetising – don’t worry about that as we’ll deal with it later! 
  4. Leave the tea to cool at room temperature (see note 4). This should take around 30-40 minutes. See note 2.
  5. Strain the tea through a fine-mesh strainer and into a jug (see note 5). Add ice and drink straight away or place in the fridge for up to 1 day. (see note 6)

Notes

  1. You can switch things up a little by using earl grey tea bags. Or if you’re a fan of seriously strong tea then seek out some extra strength bags
  2. You can omit the honey if you want a less sweet drink.
  3. You can substitute the honey with simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part water – add the syrup to the tea until you have the sweetness you want). You can also make this with powdered sweetener if you want to reduce the number of calories. 
  4. Don’t be tempted to put the hot mugs straight into the fridge as this can raise the temperature of the fridge and other items in the fridge to an unsafe level. 
  5. Make sure to use a really fine mesh strainer to get a really smooth texture. 
  6. It is not advised to keep iced tea for more than 8 hours by the CDC (US) because of bacteria that can be found on leaves. However, prepared properly you should be able to keep this for a day without any issues. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Kettle
  • Cuisine: British

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 39
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 0.4g

Keywords: iced tea, drink, beverage, peach, fruity, summer, easy, honey

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