A long cool drink on a hot summers day

Peach Iced Tea

Boy was it was hot yesterday. Like really really hot. The sort of hot that forced me to get my fan out on the bus –  yes I was that girl. But let’s face it when it’s the temperature of Mediterranean Europe why not use fan? I would argue it was a sensible decision.

Anyway, all plans for proper food went out the window, but I haven’t posted all week and wanted to do something. So whilst trapped in a hot slow moving bus, my mind wandered to all sorts of cooling things – Ice Cream (done that), Ice Lollies, (done those as well) – ummm… Ice? (Isn’t that a bit boring?) And then it struck me – a cooling Peach Iced Tea was just what the doctor ordered. The best summer drink imaginable.

Of course you don’t have to use Peach (in fact I used Nectarine) you could use any fruit – what about Mango Iced Tea, Passion fruit, Kiwi, Pineapple – there are so many options. So get creative.

This recipe can be easily adapted and you won’t go wrong.

So if it gets a bit sticky this weekend then why not have a go at whipping up your own batch.

Ingredients

2 Earl Gray Tea Bags

3 Cups of Boiling water

2 Nectarines chopped

Juice ½ a lemon

½ Lemon chopped into slices

4 Tbsp Sugar

a few sprigs of Mint

Extra water

Ice Cubes ( for extra cooling)

Method

  1. Boil your kettle and pour your boiling water into a bowl. Steep the tea bags in the water, add the lemon juice, sugar, mint and nectarines
  2. Leave to cool for a few hours (after 1 hour I covered mine in cling film and left it in the fridge)
  3. Remove from the fridge, add an extra 2/3 cups of water (depending on how strong you like this) and pour in the extra sugar
  4. Strain the iced tea (I poured mine into a jug through a sieve – be careful it doesn’t spill everywhere) add the sliced lemon
  5. Pour into glasses with ice and add mint to garnish – or whatever you fancy

Then sit with your fan and iced tea and imagine you are a southern belle on holiday, rather than a hot flustered londoner stuck indoors.

Happy weekend everyone – let me know how your iced tea making goes, and if you find any good flavour combos!

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