The thermometer has been over 100 degrees for the past week. Although relief is on the horizon, it still seems miles away. Even then, we will merely move into the high 90s.
Fortunately, the season of peaches is upon us. And just mentioning those sweet orbs of juiciness, makes me feel a bit cooler. If that doesn't do it for you, this drink certainly will.
This iced tea is a perfect thirst quencher with a tad pick me up (slightly caffeinated). You may want to fill one of those 5-gallon jugs with this to keep on hand in the heat.
Peach Green Iced Tea
2 tablespoons of green tea (or two bags)
1 quart of boiling water
1 lemon, sliced
3-4 white peaches, sliced
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. ginger beer or ale (depending on how strong you like the ginger flavor -- beer is stronger)
a handful of fresh mint leaves
8 c. of ice
Pour boiling water over tea leaves in a heat-resistant container. Let steep 2-3 minutes. (Green tea should be steeped a shorter time than black tea, otherwise the taste becomes bitter.)
Place peaches and sugar in a blender or food processor. Blend until liquified and mixed.
Place lemons with half the ice in a pitcher. Pour tea over lemons and ice. Mix in peaches and sugar. Add ginger beer. Pour in the remainder of ice. Sprinkle mint leaves on top. Stir with a spoon.
Serve with slices of peach, if desired.