Need something to soothe your head? This refreshing berry & peach iced tea will do the trick made with loose leaf green tea. If your nursing an aching head from a week of partying its perfect to give you a little boost to your stride. For those who are still in party town and have a few weeks of holidays still to go you may like to spice up the iced tea with a generous splash of Beefeater Gin.
Stone fruit has become a weakness for me, well all fruit really this summer. My body is changing and so have my taste buds. Thank goodness its nothing weird, yet. I have never been much of a fruit eater, you will see me eat an apple or banana but that is about it. This year, I am buying fruit when I can. Stone fruit has only really hit the shelves in the past two week – the good stuff I mean. Me being a fussy eater I like to make sure that my fruit is organic and spray free – not much choice on the coast.
Luckily I found some peaches that I could smell a mile away, they must be good. They pulled me in as if I were a fish on a hook in the ocean. No choice but to buy them. I am also really fortunate to have berries in the valley I live in too, with a neighbour having blueberry trees. They have been slowly easing up with their fruit now, but I got a small handful to make the sugar syrup to add to the green tea mixture.
If you are not a fan of gin, the iced tea would no doubt go well with vodka too, maybe even a wedge of lime could be nice.
NOTE: Photographing iced drinks during the day in Queensland is not advised unless you have an air conditioner on hand. My pitcher was half filled with ice (small cute cubes) that lasted no longer than ten minutes before dissolving into the berry mixture.
- 1 tbsp loose leaf green tea
- ½ cup 50gm blueberries
- 2 peaches, skin removed, sliced
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp of blackcurrant syrup
- 100ml Beefeater Gin*
- In a medium sized saucepan place the loose green tea and cover with one litre of water. Bring to the boil and then remove from heat. Allow to steep for five minutes before straining the tea leaves.
- In a small sized saucepan place the blueberries, one of the peaches and sugar. Heat slowly and stir continuously melting the sugar and allow the blueberries to pop. Continue for five minutes until all the sugar has been dissolved. Add to the green tea mixture.
- Pour the liquid into your favourite pitcher and top with plenty of ice, add the reaming peach and a few blueberries. Serve immediately.