Perfectly sweet and delicious homemade peach iced tea made with fresh peaches, and a tasty blend of Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas.
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Best Homemade Peach Iced Tea
Ahhhh, refreshing peach iced tea is a great drink for the summer. Instead of using a peach-flavored tea bag, go for the real thing and make it with fresh peaches!
I tested out this recipe using so many different methods and the best way to extract the peach flavor was from cooking peach puree for a few minutes. Cooking it down, just as I did with my raspberry iced tea, then straining out, really deepened the peach flavor.
Best Tea for Peach Iced Tea
The citrus flavor from the Earl Grey with the blend of black teas pairs so well with the peaches.
I learned this little tea-blend trick from my friend Emily who’s from Newcastle, England. She and her mom drink tea by combining two tea bags in one cup — Earl Grey and English Breakfast. I tried it as soon as she recommended it and it was SO GOOD!
Why You’ll Love This Peach Iced Tea Recipe
- Made with fresh peaches, which taste so much better than peach flavored tea bags.
- Recipe was tested numerous times to extract the best peach taste.
- Makes 1 quart (4 cups), which is great for an iced tea serving for two.
- Perfectly sweetened so you can taste the peaches and the tea.
Is there Caffeine in Peach Iced Tea?
Yes, there’s black tea in the Earl Grey and English Breakfast which contain caffeine.
What I Used to Make This Peach Iced Tea
How to Make Peach Iced Tea
Steep tea sachets in hot water.
To make sure your tea isn’t too bitter, I suggest using an electric kettle to set the water temperature to correctly brew the tea. It really makes a difference in how tea tastes if you steep it in the right temperature water.
Heat water to 190°F and steep one Earl Grey tea sachet and two English Breakfast tea sachets for 5 minutes directly in the pitcher. Discard tea sachets and let tea cool while you make the peach simple syrup.
Make peach simple syrup.
By testing a bunch of different methods, I found that making a peach simple syrup was the best way to make peach iced tea.
Puree the peach and 1 cup of water in a mini blender with some water to create a shortcut so there’s less time cooking on the stovetop.
In a saucepan, combine peach puree, sugar, and 1/2 cup of water. Bring it to a boil then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
The peach simple syrup is ready to be strained.
Filter out the solids using a mesh strainer and cool peach simple syrup.
Combine tea and peach simple syrup.
Pour peach simple syrup into the tea.
Pour peach iced tea into cups filled with ice.
Garnish with thinly sliced peach wedges.
Peach Iced Tea 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 your tea directly in there.
- Instead of pureeing the peaches, you can dice them into small pieces and mash them in the saucepan.