Peach Tea

Water is my drink of choice. (Evian, please.) But sometimes I admit it does get a little boring. You can add a slice of citrus or a pinch of mint to dress it up, but in the heat of the summer, a tall glass of iced tea is hard to beat.

Iced tea is David's go-to drink. He really loves Tea's Tea (unsweetened Jasmine tea) but at $5.99 for a 2-litre bottle, we wait for it to go on sale at either Central Market or Whole Foods Market for about half the price. Then he stocks up like a crazy man!

We invited a friend to cook for us the other night and knowing how she also loves Tea's Tea, I decided to make some tea for the special occasion. This month's issue of Delicious Living, which is distributed at Whole Foods, sparked my interest with their feature story on four DIY iced teas. I had plenty of Engel Farms' peaches on hand and the mint I have in the garden has not completely shriveled up and died, so we were set.

This refreshingly light and tasty tea was delicious and everyone slurped it up. It took just a few minutes to make and, the best part? This tea did not break the bank! 

Buen provecho!

Peach-Mint Tea

Since peaches are in season and are ripening on my kitchen windowsill, this recipe really spoke to me. But I think mangos would work equally well.

Makes 6 cups

4 green tea bags
4 cups of boiling water
Big handful of mint sprigs, crushed or wrung-out in your hands so the essential oils are released
7 small peaches or 4 medium to large peaches, halved and pits removed
Sweetener of choice (I used about 4 Tablespoons of Ideal)
A few peach slices and sprigs of mint, garnish

In a pitcher, pour 4 cups of boiling water over the 4 tea bags and crushed mint sprigs and allow to steep for about 5 minutes.

While the tea is steeping, place the peach halves (pits removed) in a blender. Once the tea is ready, take 1/2 cup and add it to the peaches in the blender. Puree until mostly smooth. Some chunks will remain and this is fine.

Remove the tea bags and mint from the tea and pour in the peach puree. Stir well to combine and taste to determine the level of sweetness. Add sweetener of choice.

Refrigerate to chill thoroughly and serve in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of peach and a sprig of mint.

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