Most Indians have a strong preference and are either a chai person or a coffee person. Well, not me. I am not much of a tea or coffee person.
I have a cuppa in times of desperation only – so, I can keep myself sane and not donate one of the kids! I know! I know! Wine would be a better option but hey! I am trying to lose weight here. And I would rather save my calories for desserts!
Now, come summer I definitely prefer to do away with the hot teas and hot coffees. In fact, it is hard to say no to a nice, chilled glass of iced tea. A friend got me hooked and now here I am trying a new fruity flavor ever so often. Featured here is a refreshing Peach Iced Tea, the perfect cooler for this stuffy, humid weather in Hong Kong. The peach and sugar mixture keeps well in the refrigerator for a week. Alternatively, you could freeze it as ice cubes and thaw at room temperature for a few hours before mixing it with your tea. Happy Peachy Summering !!!!
If you have tried different fruit-flavored iced teas, let me know in the comments.
- Peaches (sliced)-3
- Granulated white sugar-3 tablespoons (you could use brown or palm sugar which have a more earthy taste. These sugars however do interfere with the natural peach colour of the drink, so that is a word of caution
- Water-1 cup + 4 cups for brewing tea
- Tea bags or tea leaves- as per desired strength of the tea. Usually 3-4 tea bags or 1.5 teaspoons tea leaves are sufficient for four servings of iced tea
- Bring one cup of water with peach and sugar to boil and then reduce the heat to medium. Stir well and keep the heat on till the sugar dissolves. Smash the peaches with a spoon to infuse their flavor into the water
- Turn off the heat, cover and let the mixture sit for 20-20 minutes
- Smash the peaches some more and strain
- Transfer the peach syrup to a glass jar and refrigerate until use
- Brew the tea/add tea bags to hot water as you would while making regular tea
- Bring the tea to room temperature and refrigerate in a glass jar
- To serve mix 2 tablespoons of peach syrup with 1 cup of tea, top it with lots of ice and serve immediately