Peach Ginger Iced Tea

In residency, you don't really choose your vacation, you get assigned it. I was assigned in September, so I had to chance to go home to Texas for my family. By good fortune, B and I were able to coordinate our vacations together, despite being in separate institutions. It was great being back home, in the most fabulous state in the US.
I had forgotten already how hot Texas gets, even in late summer. In Texas (and the South), we really like our tea; after all, sweet tea equals southern comfort and summer simultaneously. The number of days for sharing summer recipes are rapidly dwindling - how time flies!
Sweet tea was once a luxury item since tea, ice, and sugar were so expensive - especially ice, which had to be shipped from afar, and access to cold drinking water was already a luxury (Our State). Thus sweet tea is the essence of Southern hospitality. This, my friends, is (as Dolly Parton calls it) the "house wine of the South."
I've noticed that Northerners don't really drink Sweet Tea. So I just have to bring it back to the North by sharing my recipe for the Peach Ginger Iced Tea (along with the many many many peaches I hoarded in my luggage. I won't tell you how many pounds of peaches I bought in Texas, but it's amazing how much cheaper produce is down there!) Recipe adapted from Bobby Flay.

Peach Ginger Ice Tea


Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
thinly sliced fresh ginger, to taste
3/4 cups water
4 black tea bags
optional: 1/2 cup peach juice
fresh peaches, sliced

Directions
Combine the sugar, water and the ginger in a small saucepan; boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved to make a ginger syrup. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Boil several cups of water (depends on how strong you want your tea) and steep tea bags. Remove the tea bags, let cool, and chill in the refrigerator.

Stir in the peach and ginger simple syrup to taste. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

22 comments

  1. This is a big ol' glass of refreshing comfort!! I could drink this all year round here in south Florida! I'm glad you and B were able to coordinate your vacations :)

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  2. what a refreshing twist! bobby flay has a few keepers in his repertoire. :)

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of peaches but this looks delicious! Will definitely have to try one day :)

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    1. Goodness, I hope this wins you over to the joy that is peaches

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  4. This looks SO GOOD right now! Peaches are one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  5. This drink recipe is right up my alley! Easy to make and delicious. Great for any occasion!!

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    1. Yup you can scale it up for a huge crowd, or just make it for yourself

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  6. Great variation on a daily staple! I drink tea by the gallons so this is a nice version to try - thanks!

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    1. Enjoy! B says my blood plasma is actually made of tea given how much I drink

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  7. Oh my, so refreshing and healthy! Thanks fora sharing :)

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  8. That looks so refreshing...yummmm! I do love me some southern sweet tea. My mother in law makes an amazing batch everytime. Well have to try this one.

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  9. Where is the ice? J/k it was a very refreshing drink! Cheers *clink*

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  10. I live in Texas. I know about heat! I grew up drinking iced tea - still do. I need to try this one. Thank you for posting your recipe.

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  11. I'm so thirsty right now! Will repin this! :D

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  12. This sounds like a great recipe! I would definitely try it out :) Thanks!

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  13. This sounds delicious! I love peach tea!

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  14. I love peach tea but I've never thought to add ginger to it! I'll need to try this. It's looks so refreshing and good.

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  15. This looks incredible! I love tea whether it's hot or iced, but have never had ginger peach. Can't wait to try it out!

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  16. I love this tea! It looks so refreshing, and I adore the combination of ginger and peach. What a great idea!

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