Minty ginger peach tea is a refreshing summer drink with the wonderful flavors of mint and peach. It’s easy to make a big batch for a crowd of kids or teens. Enjoy this sweet and fruity Southern drink this summer!
- 8 cups filtered water (1.89 liters)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (198g)
- 2 cups fresh peaches, finely diced (roughly two large peaches)
- 3 inches ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1/4–1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, rinsed
- 4 family-size black tea bags
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from one large lemon)
- 1 cup fresh peaches, diced and pureed (optional)
- ice cubes (optional)
- two thin peach slices for garnish
- mint leaves for garnish
Making the Sugar Syrup
- Pour 8 cups of filtered water into a three-quart pot. Cover and bring to a rolling boil.
- While the water is boiling, dice up the peaches, peel and slice the ginger, and rinse the mint.
- Once the water is boiling, add the sugar and stir until it’s completely dissolved. This will be the sugar syrup.
Making the Drink
- Mix the diced fresh peaches, mint, and sliced ginger into the sugar syrup.
- In the same pot, submerge four black tea bags, but keep the strings on the outside of the pot for easy removal. Cover and let steep for 7 minutes, then promptly remove the bags. Cover the pot again and let everything steep for another 18 minutes to infuse the flavors.
- While it is steeping, dice and puree one large peach. Set it aside in a medium bowl.
- Once it has infused, strain the ingredients from the tea by slowly pouring it through a sieve set over a serving pitcher.
- Separate the peach and put in a bowl. Discard the mint.
- Stir in the lemon juice and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours in the fridge (or 1 hour in the freezer if you’re in a hurry).
Assembling a Glass
- Pour 1 1/2 cups (12 fluid ounces) of tea into a 16-ounce glass. Add 1/3 cup of diced steeped peaches for garnish and added flavor, and the optional 1/4 cup of puree. The puree makes the drink look cloudy, but will add more fruit to your drink.
- Stir and garnish with two thin peach slices, a sprig of mint, and two ice cubes. Resist the urge to fill up your glass with ice, since it will dilute the drink’s delicate flavor. Make sure the tea is cold before you pour into a glass. Serve with a straw.
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: ginger peach tea, iced tea, peach tea