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Peach Thyme Iced Tea

2 hr + 30 min

Drink

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Did you know that the ancient Greeks used thyme like incense and burnt it in their temples? They believed it was a source of courage. A herb with a rich history and a lot of flavour, which goes so well in this peach thyme iced tea.

Servings

(approx. 1½ cups per serving including ice)

Total

2 hr + 30 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

20 min

Cool

2 hr

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Ingredients

Lemon tea

  • 4 cups (960 mL)
    boiling water, ideally around 185°F (85°C)
  • 4
    white tea bags*
  • 3
    lemons, juiced

Peach thyme syrup

  • 6
    ripe peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 10
    sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    water
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)

Drink assembly

  • 1½ cups (166 g)
    ice cubes
  • ½
    peach, sliced
  • 4
    small sprigs fresh thyme
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Directions

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  1. To a large jar or bowl, add the boiled water and tea bags, and let it steep for 8 - 10 minutes, then remove the tea bags and let cool off. Once cooled off completely, stir in the lemon juice.
  2. To a saucepan, add the peaches, thyme, water, and maple syrup. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the peaches have started to soften, use the back of a wooden spatula or tamper to mash the peaches to release their juices and flavours.
  4. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the peach mixture. Using the back of a spoon, press out as much liquid from the mixture into the bowl as possible. Let this cool off completely. Note: no need to throw away the peach puree that remains in the sieve. You can either eat it as is (it's like eating applesauce!) or add it to a smoothie.
  5. To assemble the drinks, divide the ice cubes between your glasses. Then pour one part peach syrup to two parts of the cooled lemon tea mixture into your cups. Stir it, garnishing with peach slices and fresh thyme. Enjoy!

Notes

  • * White tea leaves and buds are picked before they have fully opened. Green tea and black tea also come from the same plant, but different processing methods give them their own unique flavours and aromas. In this recipe, it is possible to substitute the white tea with any other tea of your liking.
  • Make-ahead: the syrup can be made ahead and stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Storage

  • The drink can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Nutrition info

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Cath - Sept. 14, 2021, 6:47 p.m.

I've hosted three parties with this drink, it steals everyone's heart! Very refreshing and yummy summer drink <3

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 1:42 a.m.

Ooo so glad the drink could be part of the special occasions! Thank you, Cath 🤗


Kristina - Aug. 17, 2021, 6:25 p.m.

Oh.. and I didn't have fresh thyme on hand, so I used dried thyme, which seem to work just as fine.
(Though keep in mind, that I haven't tried with fresh thyme ;-). )


Kristina - Aug. 17, 2021, 6:22 p.m.

Was a little sceptic about the thyme... but is delightful!


Anne - Aug. 7, 2021, 9:45 a.m.

Soooo good! Worth the wait 😊


Amanda - Aug. 2, 2021, 12:55 a.m.

Absolutely wonderful. Much better than store/restaurant bought iced tea.


Maëlle - July 31, 2021, 8:48 a.m.

Absolutely love this recipe!
The first time I made it, I only made the peach syrup and made a special gin tonics out of it! It was delicious! Since I had left-over syrup, I made some tea to follow the recipe and had it while on a hike. Very refreshing!

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:57 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with the iced tea, Maëlle!


Andreea - July 24, 2021, 8:03 p.m.

Amazing recipe for hot summer days ! (Peach thyme ice tea)
The thyme marinated perfectly with the rest of ingredients ! Thank you 🙏


Rebecca - July 24, 2021, 7:08 p.m.

Loved this recipe! Made it twice last summer and it was highly appreciated by my family, too! I made it with rosemary instead of thyme though (couldn't get fresh thyme anywhere in Bucharest, August last year...) I intend on trying again but with thyme this time :)
Also it's very useful when you bought too many peaches and want to put them go good use!

PUL Team - July 26, 2021, 7:22 p.m.

Mmm love the use of rosemary! Thank you for sharing, Rebecca 😃


Priya - July 23, 2021, 8:19 p.m.

Hi what maple syrup you are using for peach ice tea ? Will you please share it

PUL Team - July 25, 2021, 8:57 p.m.

Hey Priya, any maple syrup should do. We get different brands each time, but find that as long as it's 100% maple syrup, it works great!


Céline - July 10, 2021, 10:37 p.m.

It was good. But it didn't feel worth the effort to be honest. Because it took quite some time.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:21 a.m.

Thank you for the honest review, Céline, it's really helpful to help us improve! We've found that this one gets a bit quicker when we're familiar with the steps if that helps 😃 You may enjoy our ginger mint lemonade for a speedier drink as well (pickuplimes.com/recipe/refres…)


Alina - July 8, 2021, 10:23 p.m.

I love this drink! I made it last summer when we had leftover peaches and my whole family loved it too. Its super refreshing and looks very very fancy ;) thanks for always creating amazing recepes.

PUL Team - July 11, 2021, 5 a.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the iced tea, Alina! Thank you for the review 🤗


Martyna - July 8, 2021, 5:53 p.m.

I really like this recipe, it's sweet, refreshing and the thyme adds nice herby twist to it. I think it's one of my favorite flavor combo, since discovering this recipe I also made peach jam with thyme.

PUL Team - July 9, 2021, 9:42 p.m.

Mmm peach jam with thyme is a delicious idea, Martyna! Thank you for sharing 😃


Monica - June 2, 2021, 9:34 p.m.

Hi! What tea bags do you use in your video? I have never bought white tea before so I have no clue what to buy. Is it caffeinated?

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 7:47 p.m.

Hi Monica! Lovely question and thank you for your patience as we catch up on website comments. We had used generic white teabags which naturally do contain caffeine. You should be able to find it in the coffee and tea aisle of larger grocery stores, or online (such as amazon.ca/s?k=white+tea&ref=nb_sb_noss). Alternatively, you could use a mild-flavoured green tea or another desired type of tea ✨🙂


Katye - April 16, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

I super recommend this drink. It's refreshing and not overly sweet! Also leftovers are great in a smoothy like she says :) I would have never thought to put thyme in a drink but I love it!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:07 a.m.

Thank you for the lovely review, Katye! We're so happy you enjoyed the iced tea 😄