Does anything say summer more than fresh peach juice running down your fingers as you bite into a ripe piece of fruit? How about a cold glass filled to the brim with iced tea, made the way a Southerner would do it? Put those two things together and you’ve got white peach tea, a drink perfectly matched for a hot summer’s day.
Unlike yellow peaches, which mellow into a sweeter flavor as they ripen, white peaches taste sweet whether firm or soft. White peaches are also less acidic than the yellow varieties. These qualities make this fruit the ideal accompaniment to iced tea.
How to Make White Peach Iced Tea
This recipe comes from Taste of Home Field Editor AJ Lively in Texas.
- 4 large fresh white peaches, washed and diced (leave the peels on)
- 5 cups water, divided, plus more to taste
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 family-size tea bags
Step 1: Make the peach syrup
First, make a simple syrup. In a large pan, combine the peaches, 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cover. Continue to simmer until the peaches are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Use a potato masher to mash the peaches. Continue simmering for about 10 minutes. Strain the peach mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup and set aside to cool. Discard the peach solids.
Editor’s Tip: Watching your sugar intake? If your peaches are super ripe, you can reduce the amount of sugar to just 1-1/2 cups. Or, you can omit the sugar completely and make unsweetened white peach tea.
Step 2: Prep the tea
In another large pan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Place the tea bags into the water, turn off the heat and steep for 12 minutes. Discard the tea bags.
Step 3: Mix it together
Add the tea to a large pitcher. Stir in the peach syrup. Then slowly add more water until the pitcher is full.
Editor’s Tip: To find the perfect amount of peachy sweetness, gradually add the water and taste the tea after each addition.
Step 4: Let it cool
Refrigerate the tea until cold. Serve over ice. If you like, garnish each glass with a few peach slices.
Love iced tea? Check out more of our favorite iced tea recipes.
This recipe would also be delicious when made with iced green tea or your favorite floral tea flavor. Not peach season? You can sub in frozen peaches (no need to thaw) or even canned peaches (just be sure to drain off the juices). You can also use yellow peaches or other stone fruits such as nectarines or apricots in this recipe.