Peach Iced Tea Recipe
Ahh, iced tea. What could be better on a hot summer day than a cooling tall glass of sweet peach tea? Easy! Sweet peach tea that's not loaded with sugar and calories!
The only calories in this recipe are from real peaches, so you know exactly where this flavor is coming from, and you won't be sorry later. If you like, try squirting some onto Greek or frozen yogurt or a fruit salad as well.
One of the best things about this recipe is that people can add however much fruitiness they want to their own glass -- because you will have put the final product into a squirt bottle, there's no danger of someone's drink being too cloyingly sweet to finish, and you will end up as the hostess with the mostest!
- Tea (pre-made or in bags), your favorite type (i.e. black, green, oolong, herbal)
- 1 cup Splenda
- 2 cups water
- 16 ounces frozen peaches
Instruction for Making Peach Iced Tea
- Empty the frozen peaches into a saucepan, and add the Splenda and water.
- Bring to a boil, and cook for ten minutes. After four minutes, the peaches will start to become soft and the water will turn a gorgeous fiery color.
- Meanwhile, make the tea. The easiest way is to let five or six tea bags gently steep overnight within a large pitcher either in refrigerator or out of it. But if that didn't happen, don't sweat it -- just boil up a big pot of water and throw some tea bags in now.
- Employ an immersion blender (or a standing blender, if you prefer) and blend until smooth, about four minutes or less depending on the strength of your blender. White froth will form on the top, but you can skim it away if you want.
- After blending, strain through a narrow strainer or use cheesecloth to catch any bits that didn't make it. Because we'll will be using this for drinks, our goal is for a nice smooth "sauce" with no stringy bits or chunks.
- Decant into a squirt bottle. Squirt bottles are available everywhere from Walmart to 'dollar" stores to restaurant supply places if you feel like spending more. I like to use clear ones because I can tell which flavor is which, but feel free to use a ketchup bottle if that's what you have!
- Squirt some of the peach into a glass, pour in some brewed tea, and stir. Add ice and a peach slice. You're good to go! Enjoy!
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Other Flavor Combinations for Iced Tea
There are lots of flavors you can make this with, instead of peach. Try with other fruits, with in the same cooking proportions (about one pound of fruit to one cup of sweetener and two cups of water). Try:
If you like watermelon flavor, I would suggest not even bothering to cook the fruit; rather, gently press it through a sieve or strainer and add a little sweetener if you like. Watermelons are so soft that it just doesn't make sense to go through the work of cooking it.
And mix it up with tea, too! Although I used standard (read: cheap) black tea in this recipe, some other teas to try are:
- green (plus, the color is fabulous!)
- herbal (orange tea with peach flavor? Rosehip tea with strawberry? Yes, please!)
- oolong, white, anything really. You are limited only by your imagination... and your family's tastes!