There is a great debate between southerners over the perfect time to eat a peach. While many say the peak flavor rests in July, peach season can still last as late as the end of September! If you want to keep enjoying peaches year-round, try freezing or canning some to enjoy this refreshing summer drink as an autumn (or even winter) treat.
Peach tea is easily made by brewing your favorite tea and creating a peach simple syrup to mix in. I recommend brewing a non-sweetened tea (I used black tea) since you get your sweetness from the peach syrup. Once your tea is brewed and cooled, you can mix your syrup in to your own liking. If you like a tea that isn’t too sweet, just mix in less syrup. If you make some tea for a get-together, you can serve your iced tea separate from the peach syrup, so that everybody can add their own level of sweetness!
You can also switch out the sugar for a natural granulated sweetener to make it a healthier option – I just wouldn’t tell your fellow southerners that you did.
1 cup sugar (or natural sweetener)
1 cup water
Brew your preferred tea and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Slice peaches and place them in a sauce pan along with sugar and water.
Bring your stove to a medium-high heat until your ingredients boil, then turn the heat down to medium.
Stir the mixture to dissolve the sweetener, and crush up your peaches a bit in the process. Once the sweetener is dissolved, turn off heat and allow the mixture to sit, covered, for 30min.
Strain sugar to remove all of the fruit pieces. Pour desired level of peach syrup into your tea over ice and garnish with peach slices!