Peach Perfection Iced Tea

by | Aug 1, 2022 | Community

The sun is beating down, cicadas are buzzing, the smell of fresh-cut grass fills the air. On a hot August afternoon, it’s easy to find a reason to relax in the shade with a cold drink! This peach and honey iced tea recipe leverages seasonal farm-fresh ingredients, is easy to assemble and tastes like summer. Don’t be surprised if your friends and family ask you to bring this to every picnic and barbecue this season!

INGREDIENTS

(serves 4-6)

  • 6 cups of water
  • 4 fresh peaches
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 half of a lemon
  • 2 orange pekoe tea bags
  • Mint sprig for garnish

PREPARATION

  • Prepare the peaches by removing the pits and chopping them into 3 cm chunks
  • Bring peaches, water honey and sugar to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes until peaches are soft
  • Strain the water, removing the peach chunks
  • While water is still hot, add the orange pekoe tea bags and let them steep for 4-5 minutes or longer depending on desired strength
  • Remove tea bags and add the juice of half of a lemon
  • Let the mixture cool completely 
  • Serve over ice with fresh mint

Low Waste tip

After you’ve removed the peach chunks from water, don‘t throw them away! Set them aside, mash them with the back of a spoon and use them as a topping for oatmeal, ice cream or yogurt. They’ve done their job for the tea, but still pack plenty of honey-infused flavour that you can enjoy again.

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The following recipe was supplied by the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs for the Second Harvest Cookbook, which featured 70 recipes from our network of over 500 partner agencies. All recipes feature a dish that staff, volunteers or community members prepared...