I am a born and bred Southern gal and as most people know, we Southerners love our iced tea. Nothing is more refreshing than a cold iced tea any time of the year. My favorite iced tea is peach iced tea. It begins with making up some homemade peach syrup that tastes amazing. Making this peach tea is a small labor of love that is 100% worth the little bit of time it takes to whip up.
· 3 large fresh peaches, sliced
· 3 family sized tea bags
· 2 c. sugar
To begin with we will make the peach syrup. Place the sliced peaches, two cups of sugar and two cups of water into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a light simmer and simmer for a total of 15 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash the peaches really well and then simmer 15 more minutes. Remove from heat and then strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the solids and the liquid is your fresh peach syrup. At this point you should have between 3-4 cups of syrup. Place into a covered container and set aside.
In the empty saucepan, add in 6 cups of water and the tea bags. Bring the water to a brisk boil, turn off the heat and allow the tea bags to steep for 20-30 minutes. Remove the tea bags and carefully pour the liquid into a gallon container. Stir in one cup of your peach syrup and fill the container up within 2-3” from the top. Taste to see if it is to your liking. I generally need to add another ½ cup of sugar to get it to the perfect sweetness level. You can add more syrup too but I would not add more than ½ cup at a time until you find out the best proportions for your personal taste. Refrigerate until cold and serve over ice with a slice of peach as a garnish. So good!
Be sure to check out some more of my beloved beverage recipes including: How to make Southern Style Sun Tea, Homemade Cherry Limeade, Making Homemade Grape Juice the Easy Way, and Lemonade Freeze.
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