This Peach Ginger Iced Tea Recipe post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pure Leaf. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating
When I was growing up, my mom used to make me iced tea. She would get out that can of powdered stuff from under the cabinet, add water and call it done. That is the only ‘iced tea’ I ever knew until I moved to the south. Down here in Georgia, sweet tea is a way of life. It is a part of southern culture and is often brewed on porches in the sun. Well, I do not always have time to brew my own tea from scratch but there is no way I am resorting to the powdered version my mom gave us growing up! When I was given the chance to try out Pure Leaf iced tea, I decided this was the perfect balance between southern tradition and modern day busy schedules.
Pure Leaf Iced Tea™
This is real brewed tea made from only all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. The tea leaves are chosen for their distinctive flavors and Pure Leaf is Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning they source their tea leaves sustainably. This tea also comes in bottles made of PET plastic that is 100% recyclable. If your family goes through a lot of iced tea you can choose the larger 59 ounce bottle to reduce packaging waste. They use real sugar as the sweetener and you can choose a ‘lightly sweet’ variety if you prefer your tea with a little less sugar.
Love Homemade Iced Tea? This is better!
With many different flavor and sweetness varieties, Pure Leaf has a tea for every pallet. They just began their new ‘Perfect Pairings’ campaign with Food Network’s Chopped and host Ted Allen. Their hope is to help consumers find the perfect food and beverage pairings for any meal or event. What sort of tips will help you entertain with style this summer? Here are a few that you might find helpful:
1. Compliment your light summer dishes with an equally light tasting beverage. Bold flavors will hide the true taste of your food. The delicate, refreshing flavor of tea pairs beautifully with almost any food.
2. When you’re barbecuing, make it easier on yourself by prepping ahead with side dishes that don’t need to be heated.
3. Develop a playlist of elegant background music
4. Celebrate Labor Day with a ‘White Party’…it is the last day to wear white according to fashion gurus! Match your food to the party theme: Serve white beans, white asparagus, white Belgian beer. Or you could do red, white and blue for the Fourth of July!
5. Get adventurous with your cocktails (or mocktails!) and add fresh herbs for a unique summer flavor. If you are looking for a unique summer iced tea recipe, you can try the one below as either a cocktail (with a splash of rum) or skip the rum for a delicious non alcoholic beverage!
Peach Ginger Iced Tea Recipe
(Note: I modified the original recipe a bit based on what I had in the garden and the refrigerator. You can create your own unique iced tea recipe by combining sweet and savory flavors with any of the Pure Leaf Iced Teas!)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh peaches
- 5 large fresh basil leaves
- 3 thin slices of fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 bottle Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea
- Crush peaches, ginger, and basil with wooden spoon in 1-quart glass measuring cup.
- Stir in Pure Leaf™ Not Too Sweet Peach Tea.
- Let sit 30 minutes at room temperature
- Strain and serve in ice-filled glasses.
- Garnish, if desired, with additional basil.
- For a pitcher, simply double the recipe.
- For a cocktail version, simply add 1/4 cup light rum.
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Do you have an iced tea recipe that you enjoy?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.