Peach Iced Tea from Scratch

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Perfectly sweet and delicious homemade peach iced tea recipe made with fresh peaches, and a tasty blend of Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas.

Peached iced tea in a glasses lined with sliced peach wedges.

About This Recipe

Refreshing peach iced tea is a great drink for the summer.

  • Made with fresh peaches, which taste so much better than peach flavored tea bags.
  • Pure peach flavor is extracted by making a peach syrup.
  • A flavorful iced tea made by combining Earl Grey and English breakfast tea. (A great tip — thanks, Emily!)
  • Made using the hot brew method to making iced tea which is quicker than making cold brew tea.

Try more from scratch recipes like Raspberry Iced Tea, Chai Latte, Arnold Palmer, and Iced Matcha Lemonade.

Peach iced tea ingredients on a surface in containers and little plates.

Ingredient Notes

  • Earl Grey tea sachet
    Tea sachets are easier to use than loose tea and contain better quality tea than tea bags.
  • English breakfast tea sachets
    You can also use Assam tea sachets which are sometimes sold as English breakfast.
  • Filtered water
    Better water, better tea — simple.
  • Fresh peaches
    You can also use frozen peaches if you can’t find fresh.
  • Sugar
    Use any sweetener you like but I like regular sugar.
  • Ice cubes
    Any sized ice cube works. Smaller ice cubes will melt and dilute your drink quicker but they’ll also make your drink cooler, faster.
Iced peach in pitcher and glass with fresh peaches next to the pitcher.

How to Make Peach Iced Tea from Scratch

  1. Make tea
  2. Make peach syrup
  3. Assemble drink

Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make this drink. For full ingredients and instructions, scroll to the bottom.

1. Make tea

Steep tea sachets in hot water. Discard tea sachets and let tea cool.

The best way to boil water for tea is using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. If boiling water on the stovetop, bring water to a simmer then turn off heat.

Use filtered water instead of tap water for a better tasting tea.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Any black tea will work great for this peach iced tea if you don’t have both Earl Grey and English breakfast tea.

2. Make peach syrup

Dice peaches and blend with water. This shortens the cooking time on the stove.

Heat peach puree and sugar on the stovetop.

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Filter out the solids using a mesh strainer and cool down the peach syrup.

3. Assemble drink

Combine cooled down peach syrup and tea.

Pour peach iced tea into cups filled with ice.

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Serving Suggestions

Garnish with thinly sliced peach wedges. Line cups with a couple of peach wedges, fill cup with ice, then pour in iced tea.

The drink already is sweetened but if you want to add more, use simple syrup to make sure it fully mixes in with the iced tea.

Notes & Tips

  • Try experimenting with different types of tea! An oolong tea or a green tea would go really well with peach.
  • Make sure your pitcher can handle high heat if you’re steeping tea directly in it.
  • Instead of pureeing the peaches, you can dice them into small pieces and mash them in the saucepan.

Storage Tips

The peach syrup and iced tea can be made in advance but don’t keep the iced tea for more than 4 days.

The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

Once the peach tea is made, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator, without ice. Airtight glass containers are the best.

Questions You May Have

Can I make this with just English breakfast tea?

Yup! You can use any black tea you like.

Is there caffeine in this drink?

Yes, there’s caffeine in black tea in the Earl Grey and English breakfast tea.

What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags?

Loose tea is the best quality, then tea sachets, followed by tea bags, which contain the lowest quality tea. I’m using tea sachets in this recipe since it’s easier to use (less mess) than loose tea.

I want to use loose tea instead, how much do I use?

Use 1 tablespoon of loose English breakfast and 1.5 teaspoons of Earl Grey.

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Peach iced tea in a glass with peach slices.

Peach Iced Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Refreshing peach iced tea with Earl Grey and English breakfast tea.
4.8 from 18 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield4 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

Iced Tea

Peach Syrup

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups peaches diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
 

MAKE TEA

  • Boil water.
    Heat 2 cups filtered water to 190°F if using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. If heating water on the stovetop, bring water to a simmer then turn off heat and let cool a couple of minutes.
  • Put tea sachets into a pitcher and add hot water.
  • Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Discard tea sachets and let tea cool.
    Set aside.

MAKE PEACH SYRUP

  • Blend diced peaches and 1.5 cup of water in a mini blender.
    Dice the peaches so it blends quickly and evenly.
  • In a saucepan, heat peach puree and sugar.
    Bring it to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Strain peach syrup. Let cool.
    Filter out solids using a mesh strainer.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Combine cooled down peach syrup and tea.
  • Pour peach iced tea into cups filled with ice.
    Optional: Add thinly sliced peach wedges.

NOTES

I’m using a mini blender and blending up the peaches to create a shortcut so there’s less time cooking on the stovetop. If you don’t want to make a puree first, put diced peaches, sugar, and water into a saucepan and heat on the stovetop for 10 minutes, mashing peaches to release the juices as much as possible.

NUTRITION

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 188IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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