This Peach Ginger Iced Tea is a refreshing glass of iced green tea, sweetened with fresh peaches and flavoured with ginger. A vegan and paleo drink.
This recipe was originally published in 2015. I’ve updated it with new photos and information.
Warm summer days call for cold refreshing drinks, and this Peach Ginger Iced Tea delivers! But not only is it invigorating, it’s a healthy drink because it is made with green tea.
Iced tea is a favourite summertime drink. Make the switch from using powdered mixes or store-bought iced tea in bottles and steep your own! Make it even healthier by using green tea as the base. So good, so healthy, and so refreshing!
Why should I drink green tea?
Health practitioners believe that green tea has many health benefits. They claim that it can reduce the risk of cancer (especially breast, prostate and colorectal cancer), boost your metabolic rate and therefore aid in weight loss, and even reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, but evidence to support those claims is inconclusive.
But even if these claims are not proven, I’m hedging my bets, and having my daily cups of green tea!
Does green tea contain caffeine?
Green tea contains caffeine, but much less than coffee. While amounts vary between brands, one cup of green tea contains approximately 35 – 80 mg of caffeine, while a cup of coffee contains about 100-400 mg. It can act as a mild stimulant in some people. I find it gives me a boost of energy and helps with concentration, but others may find that this stimulating effect varies. Caffeine interferes with my sleep, so I don’t drink it in the afternoon.
While I love to brew a pot of green tea in late morning, some days it’s just too warm outside for a cup of hot tea. Peach Ginger Iced Tea to the rescue! It’s icy cold, delicately sweetened with fresh ripe peaches (and a little natural sweetener) and I still get the health benefits of green tea.
If you have your own peach tree, you’ll know that there are always a few peaches that are less than perfect–they’ve fallen or are slightly overripe or a little bruised. And if you buy your peaches at a farmer’s market or supermarket,* you may find the same thing. This recipe for Peach Ginger Iced Tea is a great way to use those slightly spoiled peaches.
How to make Homemade Peach Ginger Iced Tea
- Brew 4 cups of green tea, using tea leaves (or green tea bags). Add some very finely grated ginger root.
- Meanwhile, purée fresh or frozen peaches in a blender.
- Add honey (or maple syrup if vegan).
- Chill in the refrigerator, then serve over ice.
- Garnish with fresh berries, if you like.
You might also like this Raspberry Leaf, Rosemary and Orange Iced Tea. It’s a beautiful antioxidant herbal tea made with raspberry leaves and oranges.
This Peach Ginger Iced Tea is a refreshing glass of iced green tea, sweetened with fresh peaches and flavoured with ginger and honey or maple syrup.
- 2 ripe organic* peaches peeled, pitted and puréed in a blender
- 4 cups steeped green tea use loose green tea leaves or tea bags
- 2 tbsp very finely grated fresh ginger root
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- Steep the tea leaves, using very hot, but not boiling water.
- Add the grated ginger to the tea right away.
Pour the peach purée into a 1 quart Mason jar or pitcher, add the tea and gently stir in the maple syrup or honey, a little at a time until you’ve reached the desired sweetness. Chill.
- Pour over ice cubes in a tall glass or pint jar and enjoy.
*Go organic–peaches are on the Dirty Dozen list.
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