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Peach Thyme Iced Tea

2 hr + 30 min


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.



2 hr + 30 min


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20 min


2 hr

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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
    peaches, roughly chopped
  • 10
    sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
  • ⅓ cup (80 mL)

Drink assembly

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


  1. Add the boiled water and tea bags to a large jar and let it steep for 8 - 10 minutes.
  2. Then remove the tea bags and let the tea cool off. Once cooled, stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Add the peaches, thyme, water, and maple syrup to a saucepan.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once softened, mash the peaches using the back of a spatula or tamper.
  5. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain through 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.
  6. Divide the ice cubes between your glasses. Then pour in one part peach syrup to two parts of the cooled lemon tea mixture.
  7. Taste test and sweeten with more maple syrup or agave syrup if desired. Stir, garnish, and enjoy!


  • * No need to throw away the peach purée that remains in the sieve. You can either eat it as is (it's like eating applesauce!) or add it to a smoothie or oatmeal.


  • The syrup can be made ahead and stored in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • The tea and syrup mix can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 days, but add the ice just before enjoying.

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Cande P - July 6, 2024, 5:53 a.m.

I made this for the week and for a 4th of July family gathering. Both were hits! The peaches stewing as they softened brought a lovely aroma to the house as well! Thyme, peaches and tea are all things you can plentiful in Texas in the summer- perfect summer drink!

PUL Team - July 6, 2024, 6:48 p.m.

So thrilled to hear you enjoyed it, Cande, thank you 🙌✨

Ani - July 5, 2024, 8:34 p.m.

I did not have white tea, so I made it with oolong tea 🫖
I also used fresh Georgia Peaches 🍑🍑😁
So happy with this recipe

lily - Jan. 27, 2024, 7:48 p.m.

Hello, I'm so glad you have a place where I can reach out to you via recipe wise! I came from your YouTube and was wondering where you get your perfect glasses from? Please let me know when you have time:)

PUL Team - Jan. 29, 2024, 9:08 p.m.

Hey Lily, aw yes we're always here to support! If my memory serves me, I believe we got those cups from a thrift store, always unique finds there 😊

Vessa - Dec. 4, 2023, 10:07 p.m.

This looks soooo delicious, can I use canned peaches since here in jamaica this fruit is not ready found in local supermarket?

PUL Team - Dec. 6, 2023, 1:44 a.m.

Hey Vessa, we imagine you could - just be sure to drain and rinse the peaches well since they may be in a sweetened syrup. You also likely won't need to cook the peach mixture for as long since canned varieties are often softer than fresh. Hugs to Jamaica 🤗

Sarah - Sept. 21, 2023, 8:37 p.m.

So refreshing and sweet. Perfect end of summer drink!

kasia - Sept. 4, 2023, 12:18 a.m.

Delicious tea and very pretty when garnished . We used ripe in season Colorado Palisade peaches. Yum!

Madalina - Aug. 27, 2023, 7:36 p.m.

I absolutely love this tea. It takes a bit more time &effort than I would like but it’s soo worth it!!! 😍

Rashmi - July 18, 2023, 5:27 a.m.

I’m still not quite sure of this one. I didn’t have white or green tea and so used black tea instead. Made it pretty light because I didn’t want an overpowering taste of tea but what actually became overpowering was the lemon flavour. My partner, though, loved it and could taste the peaches more than I could. I am committed to trying this recipe again by sticking to the actual ingredients listed. Will keep you posted. For now, I can say this - don’t try this with black tea. I’m sure it tastes better with a subtler tea.

Kurwin - May 26, 2023, 9:43 a.m.

Made this drink for Christmas time and it was quite a hit. The thyme added such a pleasant aroma and taste that elevated the already amazing tasting peaches. Going to try it with purple plums, or a mix of peaches and plums next. Thanks PUL Team.

PUL Team - May 26, 2023, 6:29 p.m.

Ooo plum is a delicious idea, Kurwin! So glad the drink was enjoyed as part of the festivities 🤗

Grae - May 5, 2023, 2:05 a.m.

Made this drink for my southern parents here in Oklahoma, they’re not big on anything truly healthy, they’re more of the “steak and potatoes” type, but I’ve been trying to get them to get more plant-based nutrients, so I made this.

2/3 the recipe using thawed frozen peaches instead of fresh, and I think it’s perfect! I’ve never tried thyme on its own, so I was a little nervous to have it in a drink, but I loved the result. This summer when we’re out in the garden, I’ll probably make a big batch of this for the next few days or for the hot sun riding horses. Refreshing and invigorating, I could drink this all day; thank you Sadia!

PUL Team - May 5, 2023, 3:05 a.m.

Hey Grae, we're so thrilled the recipe was enjoyed! Hugs to Oklahoma 🤗

Dee - Nov. 3, 2022, 2:28 p.m.

Hi -

Thank you for sharing some very interesting and nutritious recipes . is there an easier way to print the ingredients without printing the whole recipe.

PUL Team - Nov. 3, 2022, 7:02 p.m.

Hey Dee, so glad the recipes are being enjoyed! Thank you for your patience when trying to print. The only option to print only the ingredients is to copy and paste them manually. For example, using a computer mouse to select the writing, using the copy and paste key to transfer the list to a printable document such as a blank Microsoft word page, and then printing the document. We'll note this down as an idea to help improve the website! Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you'd like any further support 🙂

Rebecca - Aug. 23, 2022, 2:02 p.m.

I made this two years ago and this summer as well. It's the best summer refreshment for me! The thyme makes it a surprisingly exquisite drink, perfect for the hot days and for the cold ones as well. I like how the sweet peach combines smoothly with the lemon tea and the thyme. 10/10

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2022, 8:35 p.m.

We appreciate the kind words so much, Rebecca - thank you!

Monika - July 6, 2022, 4:17 a.m.

After seeing your video on youtube I decided to make those delicious summer cocktail drinks one by one. The Peach and thyme is the first and I am absolutely loving it. Delicious and refreshing here on the south at the state of peaches in the middle of the summer. Can't wait to make the next one. I truly love your positive attitude and recipes. Anytime I am having a rough day I put on your inspiring videos and relax. Just the sound of your voice comforts me and calms me down. Thank you Pick up Limes <3 :)

PUL Team - July 6, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

Oh we appreciate the kind words and support so much, Monika, thank you! We hope you enjoy the other drinks as well 🤗

Leti - June 23, 2022, 3:15 p.m.

I've tried it last year & I was craving this exact iced tea today with the heat! Never gets old, so so good, it's going to be my go to home made iced tea! Thank you Sadia <3

PUL Team - June 24, 2022, 4:22 p.m.

So happy to hear it's being enjoyed, Leti, thank you!

Nidhi - May 28, 2022, 12:53 p.m.

It was heavenly! Absolutely beautiful and delicious:)

PUL Team - May 28, 2022, 10:57 p.m.

Thank you, Nidhi!

Lourdes - April 26, 2022, 5:44 a.m.

Thank you for the information, this is amazing.

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 4:42 p.m.

We hope you enjoy it, Lourdes!

Mahima Kalla - Feb. 12, 2022, 9:33 a.m.

Can we use white peach instead? I couldn't find yellow peaches today. Also wondering if we can use dried mint instead of thyme? If so, at what point should it be added? Should I cook with peaches or just add later on top? Thanks!

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 2:55 a.m.

Hey Mahima, yes, white peaches can be used! Dried mint will provide a much more concentrated flavour compared to fresh thyme. If possible, perhaps omitting the thyme, using an alternative fresh herb, or adding a smaller amount of the mint to taste to the syrup may work best. If you start with less you can always add more as desired 😊

Mahima Kalla - Feb. 14, 2022, 2:57 a.m.

Thanks so much! Great to hear I can use white peaches. I also bought some thyme yesterday, so looking forward to following the recipe as is :)
Watch this space. :) <3

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 (…)

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 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 😄