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Peach Iced Tea Recipe

Updated on August 04, 2012
Mmm!  Who wouldn't like a tall, cool glass of refreshing peach iced tea?
Mmm! Who wouldn't like a tall, cool glass of refreshing peach iced tea? | Source
4.3 stars from 7 ratings of Peach Iced Tea

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!

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Three ingredients: peaches, Splenda...... and tea.
Three ingredients: peaches, Splenda...
Three ingredients: peaches, Splenda... | Source
... and tea.
... and tea. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 17 min
Yields: 12 oz. of squirtable peaches! (Add cooling time.)

Ingredients

  • 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
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Add the peaches...... Splenda...... and water.Bring to a boil......then simmer for 10 minutes.The peaches will begin to color the water......and will become soft.Don't worry about the peachy froth on top, since you will be straining it.The peaches after cooking for ten minutes. Introduce the blender and blend until smooth.After blending, the peaches will be frothy...... which you can skim off with a spoon if you want.The skimmed peach sauce.Strain through a mesh strainer...... and add to your squirt bottle.Add some of the peach sauce to brewed tea, and ice and a peach slice, and sip or gulp.  Repeat as desired.  Happy summer!
Add the peaches...
Add the peaches... | Source
... Splenda...
... Splenda... | Source
... and water.
... and water. | Source
Bring to a boil...
Bring to a boil... | Source
...then simmer for 10 minutes.
...then simmer for 10 minutes. | Source
The peaches will begin to color the water...
The peaches will begin to color the water... | Source
...and will become soft.
...and will become soft. | Source
Don't worry about the peachy froth on top, since you will be straining it.
Don't worry about the peachy froth on top, since you will be straining it. | Source
The peaches after cooking for ten minutes. Introduce the blender and blend until smooth.
The peaches after cooking for ten minutes. Introduce the blender and blend until smooth. | Source
After blending, the peaches will be frothy...
After blending, the peaches will be frothy... | Source
... which you can skim off with a spoon if you want.
... which you can skim off with a spoon if you want. | Source
The skimmed peach sauce.
The skimmed peach sauce. | Source
Strain through a mesh strainer...
Strain through a mesh strainer... | Source
... and add to your squirt bottle.
... and add to your squirt bottle. | Source
Add some of the peach sauce to brewed tea, and ice and a peach slice, and sip or gulp.  Repeat as desired.  Happy summer!
Add some of the peach sauce to brewed tea, and ice and a peach slice, and sip or gulp. Repeat as desired. Happy summer! | Source

Instruction for Making Peach Iced Tea

  1. Empty the frozen peaches into a saucepan, and add the Splenda and water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!

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:

  • raspberry
  • blueberry
  • kiwi
  • strawberry
  • blackberry
  • nectarine
  • pineapple

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!

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      Rachel Vega 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, trusouldj! It's definitely tasty and oh so cooling. I hope you try it and like it! :)

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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      this looks rather tasty.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Blue Sidewinder! I love it with raspberry also. :^)

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      Evan Eulie 4 years ago

      I love sweet tea! And this sounds like an awesome rendition. I've never thought to use peaches. I will definitely try it. Can't wait to read your other hubs!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, Keith! Thanks for stopping by. Sounds awesome, let me know how it turns out!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Now this sounds delicious! Definitely gonna make this for my party on sunday! Great advice!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Crystal! I'm glad you stopped by. :^)

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      There's nothing like a glass of peach iced tea in the summer time. Great hub.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi ho, Vespa! I'm glad you liked it -- let me know how the blueberry turns out! :^)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I like the idea of fruity iced tea made with real fruit and sweetened to my own comfort level! Blueberry would be wonderful. Thanks so much!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, John! Thanks - I hope you do try it. Of course if you end up not liking the tea, just pour the sauce over ice cream or something... you'll still enjoy the peachiness of it! :^)

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi theclevercat, and what a "clever" idea! You know, I've never cared for ice tea of any kind. Nonetheless, I think I can actually like this peach ice tea; I love the taste of peach, so I think I can deal....

      Very useful - a unique hub -

      John

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, anusujith -- thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like it!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, Ish! I too love peach flavor, but I have found the juice is hard to come by in Massachusetts and also quite thick for my taste. I had to come up with an alternative, and the frozen peaches work like a dream. Thanks for the comments and votes, too!

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, teaches! It's so cooling and any guests you have will be delighted by the option of adding fruit.

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      Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Ice tea, one of my favorites... Thanks for sharing... It feels yummy....

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      I like cool summer drinks very much and this sounds like an ideal summer drink! Peach is one of my favorite fruits & I enjoy drinking peach juice. Your instructions, photos, video and list of suggestions for alternatives to peaches & black tea are very helpful & handy. I would like to give it a try soon. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Oh my, what a great treat for this hot summer time. I am going to have one soon. Thanks for sharing this great tea idea.

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