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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 very well in this peach thyme iced tea.
Peach Thyme Iced Tea
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free
Yield: 6 servings (approx. 1½ cups each including ice)
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 min (excluding cooling time)
INGREDIENTS: Lemon Tea
4 cups (960 mL) boiled water (ideally between 170°F - 185°F or 75°C - 85°C)
4 white tea bags (or sub green tea)*
½ cup (120 mL) lemon juice (from about 3 medium lemons)
INGREDIENTS: Peach Thyme Syrup
6 medium ripe peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
10 medium sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup (240 mL) water
⅓ cup (80 mL) maple syrup
INGREDIENTS: Drink Assembly
1½ cups (330 g) ice cubes
½ peach, sliced
4 small sprigs fresh thyme
To a large jar or bowl, add the boiled water and tea bags, 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.
To a saucepan, add the peaches, thyme, water, and maple syrup. Bring to a gentle boil over medium high heat.
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 to mash the peaches, to release its juices and flavours.
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.
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. Give it a stir, garnishing with peach slices and fresh thyme. Enjoy!
* White tea leaves and buds are picked before they have fully opened. In this stage they're covered in fine white hairs, this is where white tea gets its name from. 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 sub the white tea with any other tea of your liking, such as green tea for example.
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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