This Sparkling Peach Iced Tea is made with freshly brewed rooibos tea, a homemade peach simple syrup, and a splash of seltzer for a refreshing summer drink.
For the Rooibos Iced Tea:
4teaspoonsloose rooibos tea
For the Peach Simple Syrup:
2cupschopped fresh peaches
For the Sparkling Peach Iced Tea:
Fresh peach slicesfor garnish
Fresh mintfor garnish
To make the rooibos iced tea, bring the filtered water to a boil. Combine in a pitcher with the rooibos tea, and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain the tea, then let it come to room temperature. Then refrigerate until completely cool, about one hour. ***
To make the peach simple syrup, combine the sugar, water, and peaches in a saucepan set over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes, mashing the peaches with a spoon as you go. After 20 minutes, the peaches should be very soft and the liquid should be pink. Let the peach simple syrup cool completely.
To assemble the peach iced tea, add ice to a glass and fill about 3/4 of the way up with the tea. Add a few tablespoons of the peach simple syrup, or more, per your taste. Add a splash of seltzer on top if desired, then garnish the glass with a fresh peach slice and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!
***If you’re in a hurry, you can cool the tea faster by chilling it in an ice bath. I don’t recommend adding ice directly to it though, as you’ll dilute the tea.