Naturally Sweetened Peach Iced Tea
One of the things I love dearly about Summer is local produce. In Southern Ontario, we are so blessed with the bounty of local, fresh, incredibly delicious produce. Especially fruits like strawberries, plums, apricots, pears, grapes, and peaches! Peaches are one of my favourite fruits. I love peach flavoured anything to be honest. In July and August you’ll find my house always has fruits of Ontario baskets filled with stone fruits and other goodies.
I made this delicious Peach Iced Tea with local Ontario peaches. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, but you could use organic cane sugar too if you like! You can experiment with different flavours of black tea. Plain black tea works perfectly in this recipe. I like to use earl grey because I love the light bergamot flavour. Finally, make sure to use ripe, sweet, juicy peaches! It makes all the difference in flavour.
Makes: About 3 Litres
- 2 1/2 litres water
- 5 black tea bags (I suggest organic)
- 2 cups peaches, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, or to taste
- Additional sliced peaches and ice for serving, if desired
- Steep the tea bags in the boiled water in a pitcher for around 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, but be careful not to break open the tea bags.
- While the tea is steeping, add the chopped peaches to a medium sized pot with 1/2 a litre of water. You can remove the skin from the peaches if you like, but it’s not necessary and I like the added fiber. Boil the peaches for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 15 minutes, transfer the contents in the pot to a blender and blend until smooth.
- When the tea is finished steeping, remove the tea bags. Add the pureed peaches to the pitcher and stir. Add the remaining 1 liter of cold water. Chill the tea until serving. Serve with ice and sliced peaches if desired. Enjoy!