Strawberry Peach Iced Tea

IMAG2911

What says summer like iced tea? Lemonade perhaps — but you get the point. I put my own spin on a recipe for strawberry iced tea I found from Cincy Shopper based on what tea I had in my cupboard — Bigelow green tea with peach.

IMAG2853

I already love making this tea iced, so I decided to give it a whirl in this recipe. So I started by bringing 1 quart (4 cups) of water to a boil. As that was boiling, I got a 1/2 cup of sugar ready and sliced the strawberries and a lemon in half. Once the water came to a boil, I added 4 tea bags and turned the heat off and let it steep for five minutes.

IMAG2859

While the tea was steeping, I blended a package of strawberries with 2 cups of water until smooth.

IMAG2868

The tea was done steeping around that point, so I removed the bags and put the strawberry mixture in. I juiced one lemon and added that directly to the pot then mixed well. I then strained the mixture in a pitcher (luckily my strainer was the same size as the pitcher — you might not luck out so hard). I added another 2 cups of water, stirred the tea and put the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill.

And then I chilled for several hours as the fridge did its thing. Once everyone had sufficiently chilled out (hey, it’s Friday night, after all) I added ice and one quartered strawberry to a glass (or Mason jar, if you want to be all Pinterest like me), then poured the tea in. The rest is history.

And there you have it. A pretty much effortless, fruity take on a summer classic. I can’t wait to try a zillion variations on this recipe.

IMAG2910

Strawberry Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients 

1 qt water + 1 qt water added later in increments

1 package of strawberries

4 or 5 tea bags

1 lemon, juiced

Directions

  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add 4-5 tea bags and let steep for five minutes.
  2. Slice a package of strawberries, setting aside a few berries for garnish. Note: You might want to get extra strawberries for more drink garnishes. I only set aside enough for one picture-perfect serving of tea. 
  3. Blend strawberries and 2 cups of water in a blender until mixture is smooth.
  4. Once tea has steeped, remove tea bags and add strawberry mixture to pot. Add the juice of one lemon to the pot and mix well.
  5. Strain mixture into a pitcher using a strainer or cheesecloth. Once strained, add 2 more cups of water and mix. Place in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
  6. Once chilled, add ice cubes and strawberry garnish to a glass. Add tea mixture to the glass.

Happy Summer Solstice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s