Is anything more summery than biting into a ripe and juicy peach? Here in Santa Fe, the bounty of the season is upon us, and we’re reveling in the abundance of stone fruit. And what could be more perfect on a summer afternoon than a glass of iced peach tea? We have both caffeinated and caffeine-free options, for whenever you’re feeling a little peachy.
What’s in a Cup?
If you’re a fan of peach teas, you may be used to tea that’s packed with artificial flavors and added sweeteners. But here at ArtfulTea we think that peaches are sweet and sunny enough to stand on their own! Our peach teas are flavored with real peach pieces, along with other ingredients like black tea, rooibos, ginger, and blackberry leaves. These teas are naturally sweet, light, and refreshing, whether you serve them iced on a hot afternoon, or enjoy a warm cup when you’re dreaming of summer.
Our Peach Teas
We have both caffeinated and caffeine-free peach teas that are sure to hit the spot!
Summer in a cup! Ginger Peach black tea blends spicy ginger with fruity peaches for a smooth, classic black tea that’s packed with bright flavor and natural sweetness. Ginger Peach is excellent served hot or iced, and has a moderate amount of caffeine (about half that of a cup of coffee.)
Black tea is rich in antioxidants, which help to reduce free radicals, promote cellular health, and even ward off certain types of cancer. Black tea also contains many other beneficial properties, including l-theanine, which helps to promote relaxation and mental wellbeing. Ginger helps to soothe the body and reduce inflammation. Peaches provide this tea with a taste of a summer, and are also a great source of vitamin C!
To prepare Ginger Peach, use one level teaspoon of tea leaves for every six ounces of water. Heat water to boiling, and steep that tea for approximately 3-5 minutes. For a mellower second cup, try infusing the leaves a second time.
Our Peach Rooibos starts with a blend of green and red rooibos, for a mild and refreshing herbal tea that gets its fruity character from the addition of peach bits, blackberry leaves and calendula petals. Rooibos is an herbal tea native to South Africa, and tastes somewhat similar to black tea, with a full body and a hint of natural sweetness. Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free, and is rich in antioxidants.
To prepare Peach Rooibos, use one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves for every six ounces of water. Heat the water to boiling and steep the tea for five or more minutes. Since Peach Rooibos is an herbal tea, it won’t get bitter no matter how long you steep it for. You can also use a Peach Rooibos base to make a cocktail or mocktail for added summer fun!
How to Make Iced Peach Tea
We think that peach teas especially shine when they’re served cold. You can prepare Ginger Peach or Peach Rooibos as an iced tea using either of two easy methods!
Method One: Cold Brew
While it takes slightly more time, cold-brewing tea is a simple, easy process that produces delicious iced tea with a slightly mellower character and less of a tannic bite. Cold-brewed tea also has less caffeine than hot-brewed tea.
Cold brewing tea is a breeze - simply fill up your pot or pitcher with tea leaves and cold, filtered water, using approximately one teaspoon of tea for every six ounces of water. We recommend using our urban tumblers for a single serving of tea that you can take with you on the go, or an iced tea pot with a built-in infuser for a larger quantity of tea to enjoy with family and friends. Cover the tea and let it steep in the refrigerator for at least four hours, but preferably overnight. Then remove the tea leaves and enjoy delicious, refreshing iced tea ready to go!
Method Two: Hot Brew
You can also prepare peach iced tea by hot-brewing the tea, letting it cool, and then serving it over ice. Iced tea that is hot-brewed will have a stronger flavor and a much shorter steep time.
To make iced tea using this method, simply prepare the tea as you normally would in a pot or cup, removing the tea leaves after the appropriate steep time for each tea. Then let the tea cool on the counter before refrigerating so that it doesn’t get cloudy. We recommend serving the tea over iced rather than adding ice to the pot or pitcher so that melting ice doesn’t dilute your tea!