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Sweet Peach Tea

September 2, 2010

Peaches are a wonderful Michigan summer crop. I’m partial to Red Haven peaches, which (sadly) have been early this year. My last one is sitting on the kitchen counter waiting for me to eat it.

This tea recipe is one of my favorite things to make with fresh peaches. It is delicious and needs little introduction except to say that I broke a pitcher making this tea last week. There was a crack in it and the hot water caused the crack to come around and meet itself. Oh well, there are more pitchers.

Sweet Peach Tea

1 oz. tea leaves (black, about 1/3 C. loose tea or 7 bags)

1 lemon, sliced

1 piece ginger (about 2 inches) peeled and sliced

1 qt. boiling water

8 C. ice cubes

2 peaches, peeled, pitted and diced (I actually don’t peel them. I just wash them very well.)

1/2 C. sugar

8 sprigs mint

1 peach, pitted and sliced

Place tea, lemon and ginger into a heatproof container and add boiling water. Let tea steep 7-8 minutes. Place 4 cups of the ice in a pitcher, then pour in tea. Blend diced peaches and sugar in a blender until smooth; mix into tea. Serve in glasses over remaining ice and garnish with mint and peach slices.

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