We are pretty lucky over here at The Blacker The Berry Food because we’ve got two Georgians (Joi Disroe & Tamara Eckles) on staff and if anyone knows a thing or two about summer peaches it would be those two lovely ladies. Helping us cool things down a bit this August and picking up on my subtle request for a peach recipe, our baking and dessert expert Tamara Eckles shares with us her recipe for Peach Sweet Tea. I’ve gone through two pitchers of it at my house since Tamara sent me the recipe and as my husband so eloquently stated the other night when I was finishing up the latest pitcher “Why don’t you just get that stuff in an IV drip”…He is such a comedian. Stay cool folks! ~ Heather Watkins Jones
Living in the South has many privileges with it’s unique food culture. One specific privilege I had while growing up was living in the 2nd largest peach producing state (South Carolina) and now living in the 3rd largest peach producing state (Georgia). Peaches are bountiful and can be gathered from almost any farmer’s market that are in abundance during the summer months. There are so many great recipes that can be made from peaches including the classic peach cobbler, peach ice cream and the peach bread I made last summer. So it’s appropriate that a peach drink is a must have on these hot summer days. I made this tea for my family last year and they absolutely loved it! Peaches are such a succulent fruit and when they are in season, they burst with flavor and sweet goodness. This peach tea is simple, but it’s a perfect accent to any summer soiree or just a yummy tea to have on hand when friends and family stop by for a visit this summer.
Here’s what you will need to make this delightfully refreshing tea…Peach Simple Syrup:
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
1-2 large peaches (peeled and diced)
Freshly brewed tea
Prepare the Syrup:Combine the sugar and water in a medium sauce pan and cook on medium to low heat to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has been dissolved add the peaches and bring the water mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool for about 20 minutes on the stove. Once cool, place in the refrigerator to cool completely for about an hour. While the syrup is cooling make enough tea for a pitcher (prepare the tea according to the tea bag’s instructions). Add the syrup to the pitcher then pour the prepared tea into the pitcher. Add water to the tea according to taste depending on how sweet you’d like your tea. Serve cold and enjoy! Tamara Eckles our Dessert and Baking expert is the founder of “The Dessert Sweet”, your place to “Discover Something Sweet!”. She’s a self-taught baker with over 20 years of experience and her business is quickly emerging as the destination for all things “sweet”.