Cool, refreshing iced tea made with green tea and sweetened with a homemade peach and raspberry syrup, the perfect summer drink
I’m not a tea drinker, I just don’t like it – I know, I’m a terrible brit! Iced tea is a different story though, I believe the fact that it’s cold helps reduce some of the tannin which, in turn, makes it less bitter. This is my first time making my own iced tea and I’m definitely going to start making it more often, it’s so much better than the bottled stuff and you don’t get a lot of iced tea in restaurants here. Making it yourself is great because it means you control how sweet it is and you can get creative with flavours! Plus, it’s so easy to make, what’s not to love!
I used green tea to make this peach and raspberry iced tea, a few of those antioxidants I hear so much can’t be a bad thing in this delicious drink! You could of course use black tea if you’d prefer, it’s all about the peach and raspberry syrup here! My first attempt at this recipe was a bit of failure, I didn’t really think it through and ended up with a kind of tea smoothie…. not good! The obvious answer was, of course, to make a syrup! So that’s exactly what I did. It’s really easy to make and you can use any fruit or flavours you like – your tea, your way!
Due to the amount of time I’ve spent in Atlanta, it was hard for me not to call this recipe “sweet tea”! If you asked for an iced tea in Georgia (and other southern states, I assume) you’ll most likely get a very weird look! If you do find yourself in a southern state wanting ice tea, I’d have to recommend you order unsweet tea though – as their sweet tea can sometimes have even more sugar than coke! You’re much better off ordering it unsweet and sweetening it yourself – or, just stay home and make this tea, even better! When making this peach and raspberry iced tea you can either add the syrup to the jug, or leave it separate for people to serve themselves which is what I would recommend. I actually ended up with a bit of the syrup left over, which will be great for flavouring cocktails or even just lemonade!
- 4 green tea bags
- 1 litre boiling water (about 4 cups)
- 225g sugar
- 240ml water
- 4 peaches, sliced
- 120g raspberries
- fresh peaches and raspberries
- Brew your tea for the directed amount of time on the box, usually no more than 4 minutes or it will go bitter. Leave the tea to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Add sugar, water, peaches and raspberries to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer, and stir to keep the fruits moving and crush a little to help release some juice.
- Once the sugar as dissolved, remove from heat and put the lid on the pan, steep for 30 minutes. Remove the fruit (save for another use if you like) and leave to cool. Store in the fridge.
- Add the cold tea to a large jug or pitcher and add plenty of ice and fresh fruit. Pour tea into glasses and sweeten with the peach and raspberry syrup
- Substitute green tea bags for black if desired, you could also use loose leaf tea if you like.
- Recipe is easily doubled to serve more people
So pour yourself a refreshing glass of iced tea and head off to the party! I’ll be heading round to see you all very soon, in between some macaron making so excuse me if I’m covered in macaron batter – I’ll get changed into my glad rags later, I promise!
Are you a big iced tea drinker usually? I think this homemade version could definitely convert you even if you’re not, it’s so refreshing on a hot summer’s day – perfect for sipping by the pool if you’re lucky enough to have one! If you’re usually an iced tea drink, what are your favourite flavours? I’m definitely looking for inspiration for my next batch!
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