This Southern Peach Iced Tea is a refreshing home-brewed sweet iced tea made from black tea, infused with peaches and easy mint ice cubes. This bold flavor combo makes for a delicious, fresh and crisp taste. The perfect drink for the sunniest of days regardless of the season!
I'm such a HUGE fan of sweet tea or iced tea. I literally get excited whenever Starbucks comes out with new summer flavors for their iced teas because there's something about a delicious drink filled with tons of ice for a refreshing cold drinking moment. Haha.
Growing up in the South, classic Sweet Tea was a must. Traditionally, it's a refreshing tea-like taste with a ton of sweetness. Making sweet tea or iced tea at home has become one of my favorite things to do and I just love that I can use quality, healthier ingredients while still creating the same experience.
While you can use any brand of black tea that you prefer, I find that the Lipton brand of tea serves the best variation of sweet tea, in my opinion. Oh and they actually have an organic version which makes things even better for me since I’m all about eating healthier and living a healthier lifestyle.
Generally, when drinking black tea, whether to make my homemade chai tea latte or drink black tea regularly, I always stick with my go-to brand, Bigelow tea.
Much like Lemonade (for many people), this sweet iced tea is the epitome of a Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter—– an all around MUST HAVE in the south. Yes, ya’ll—it’s that serious!
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Sweet Tea is not just sugar and water with a tea bag. I know. CRAZY! There’s a specific process that has to happen:
Steep (the longer the stronger the flavor).
Mix in sugar for a complete dissolve.
Add to pitcher, add lemons for added taste, and CHILL COMPLETELY before serving it with ice.
Add your favorite liquor or bourbon for a bit of pizazz (Adults-only)!
So you see, there’s a complete science to this stuff, especially with the chilling of it since Sweet Tea MUST BE COLD for it to be considered the true Southern staple! Haha. Sorry if this sounds dramatic, but us Southerners are serous about our sweets——cakes, pies, banana pudding, sweet tea—you name it.
Here’s what you need for this Peach Iced Tea:
The most important part about this peach iced tea recipe is the brewing process for the tea along with the peaches (for a more infused flavor), letting it cool, and then mixing together the remaining ingredients. Serve this drink over the mint ice cubes and garnish with additional sliced peaches and wallah.
Making any kind of drink throughout the week can sometimes mean that you might want to switch things up a bit for a different taste or fancier feel, especially when it comes to fresh mint leaves that you might have lying around unused. Yes—instead of letting your fresh mint leaves get spoiled, why not just freeze them and re-create a new drink infused with fresh mint each day? Right? Haha.
Plus, it’s really simple to make, so there’s that.
Here’s what you need for the Mint ice cubes:
OK, so I know that this must be a shocker, but yes—you do add baking soda to sweet tea. Why? Whelp, although it seems super weird to do so, adding baking soda to your sweet tea prevents it from getting cloudy and bitter.
If you’ve ever tried leaving your leftover sweet tea in the refrigerator for a few days, only to find out that after a day or so, it’s bitter and not as enjoyable—-then know that adding a small amount of baking soda does the trick!
In addition, just know that baking soda has health benefits as well, so it won’t harm you! For one, baking soda is great for helping with indigestion and acid reflux. Also, it’s great for keeping your mouth healthy among other benefits. So, the next time you add a pinch of baking soda to your sweet tea, just know that you’re not adding something harmful to this glass of goodness!
If you’d like to make this fruity sweet iced tea a boozy cocktail-like iced tea, go for it! You can add a shot of clear liquor, like tequila or vodka in each glass of ice. Then pour in the sweet iced tea and serve! Or you can add it completely to the entire pitch of sweet tea, if desired.
Yes, so the major question here is—-what about all of that sugar—how much do I need to add for optimal sweetness? Firstly, I’ll start by saying, there are plenty of sugar substitutes that can work for this recipe without compromising taste!
To start, you can use organic brown sugar or organic cane sugar instead of regular white sugar to keep things healthier. Also, you can substitute sugar for stevia or allulose for an even healthier option. While I haven’t tried this recipe with maple syrup (because I believe that the overall taste would change), I do think that using Agave works as a great option as well.
Overall, I start out with 1 cup of sweetener and then add additional to taste depending on how “fresh” tasting the sweet tea is after adding the steeped black tea mixture and simple strawberry syrup—-usually no more than an additional ½ cup.
To put a finishing touch on your peach iced tea, I recommend adding sliced peaches, lemon slices, or fresh mint leaves to your glass(es) when serving.
Of course! You can always drink this peach iced tea hot as an actual tea whenever you choose to. Just warm things up in a saucepan over the stove top when serving for greater ease. If not, you can always keep things chilled as per the instructions of this recipe.
The lemons in this drink pack some important health benefits, including:
Absolutely! You can always switch things up with this peach iced tea by adding additional ingredients for a nice twist of flavor such as: green tea, lemonade, raspberry, strawberry, fruit juice, etc.
It's truly simple to make this homemade version of Starbuck's Iced peach green tea lemonade. In a just a few steps, you'll have a nice refreshing drink:
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If you make this Southern Peach Iced Tea, be sure to tag me on Instagram @orchidsandsweettea!
Southern Peach Iced Tea.