The fragrant aroma of peach tea feels like a breezy summer afternoon spent picking ripe peaches in an orchard and tastes like the fruits of your labor. One sip of a cool, sweet glass of peach iced tea and life's just peachy - it’s the quin-tea-ssential summer flavor!
Summertime is peak peach season and the perfect time for this refreshing drink. Keep reading to learn all about peach tea, from the difference between peach leaf tea and peach fruit tea, the benefits of both types, the caffeine content of peach tea, drink recipes that use peach iced tea, and how to make your own homemade peach iced tea from scratch.
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BEST PEACH TEA SHOP
Picture it: you’re strolling through a lush orchard dotted with peaches on a breezy summer afternoon, plucking ripe fruit from the trees. When you’re wishing for those long summer days or trying to beat the heat in the heart of one, some moments are meant for sipping on a cool glass of fresh peach iced tea. Handpick your perfect peach tea from our curated selection of the best naturally sweet and fruity peach teas!
WHAT IS PEACH TEA?
There are two different types of peach tea: peach leaf herbal tea and flavored fruit peach tea. The most common type of peach tea is flavored fruit peach tea, which is versatile and can be made with any tea base - black, green, white, oolong, herbal, or rooibos. These types of teas will be blended with pieces of real dried peach, natural peach flavor, peach juice, or peach syrup. Black tea is the favorite base for peach-flavored tea as the robust, malty flavor of black tea pairs well with the natural sweetness of peaches. Peach tea also holds up well as an iced tea, like with a peach-flavored black iced tea, or as a cold brew tea, making peach iced tea a perfect summer drink.
Peach leaf tea is a purely herbal tea made from the leaves and bark of a peach tree. It is completely caffeine-free and is known for its many health benefits and medicinal properties. It's rare to find a true peach leaf tea on the market but you can also make your own by simply steeping clean peach bark and leaves in water. Like peach fruit tea, this leaf tea makes for a sweet and delicious peach iced tea. Both types of peach tea are good for you as they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins from the peach fruit, leaves, and tea — and either way, you get to enjoy a sweet sip of delicious peach iced tea.
BENEFITS OF PEACH TEA
IS PEACH TEA GOOD FOR YOU?
Not only is it delicious, but peach tea is proven to be a soothing and healing brew. Peaches were discovered and first mentioned in 10th-century historical Chinese writings, telling us that the many health benefits of peach tea have been used for centuries in traditional medicine.
The peach leaves, bark, fruit, and peel are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants that act as an anti-inflammatory, boost your immune system, lower blood sugar, and benefit your skin. Further, a peach leaf tea is often combined in ayurvedic blends to help with digestion, metabolism, and treating illnesses. Research shows that peach leaf contains microbial activity, similar to the ECGC in green tea and theaflavin in black tea which are the two main health properties in each type of tea.
The benefits of peach tea can vary slightly by the type of peaches used. White peaches, with a more sweet, floral taste than yellow peaches, are an excellent source of Vitamin C, and can even help boost collagen in the skin and prevent wrinkles. Yellow peaches, which are most common in an American diet, have similar benefits with a more tart flavor. In both cases, fresh peaches offer both a sharper taste and more nutritional benefits than frozen peaches.
However, these peach tea benefits will likely not apply to the pre-made peach teas in stores that could contain a lot of extra sugar. Instead, natural peach tea blends and herbal peach leaf teas infused with real peaches and fruit essence are the ones packed with antioxidants. The benefits of peach tea can also be enhanced by the type of tea blended with it. All types of tea - green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong teas, or herbal tea - have their own health benefits which will only be enhanced by real peaches.
CAFFEINE CONTENT IN PEACH TEA
DOES PEACH TEA HAVE CAFFEINE?
The answer is yes and no. Peach leaf tea made with dried peach leaves and bark is completely caffeine-free. However, tea infused with peaches - like in our peach iced tea recipe below - can contain caffeine, depending on the type of tea in the blend. If your peach tea is blended with black tea, green tea, white tea, or oolong tea it will probably be caffeinated. Herbal peach infusions and rooibos peach tea will be caffeine-free, but a glass of herbal peach iced tea can still provide some cooling rejuvenation.
TYPES OF PEACH TEA
Peach leaf tea is a simple and healthful herbal brew that goes best with a little bit of honey or sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice, brewed hot or as peach iced tea. Other types of infused peach tea, like peach oolong tea or peach black tea often complement the taste of fresh peaches with other natural flavors like ginger, lemon, mint, or berries. However, the naturally sweet essence of a fruity peach herbal tea makes it delicious to drink on its own, hot or as iced tea, like in this Venetian Rose Peach Bellini by Tea Fiori. Or, If you want an extra boost of caffeine and antioxidants with your peach tea, this Peach & Passion Fruit Black Tea by Ahmad Tea does just the trick!
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HOW TO MAKE PEACH TEA
Sunny summer days call for a cool glass of peach iced tea. But did you know there are several different ways to make peach iced tea? You can make a homemade peach leaf tea, add peach to simple syrup to put in any type of tea, or use the homemade peach iced tea recipe below to make a homemade peach syrup using real peach slices. With very little prep time and a handful of peach slices, you can make this tea recipe hot, ice directly, or try a cold brew method. Whatever way you make it, you'll have a glass of sweet tea (or a large jug!) that tastes good, with the absolutely amazing flavor of fresh peaches. Find your favorite method and learn how to make the best homemade peach tea all summer long!
HOW TO MAKE PEACH TEA
Makes 4-6 glasses // Prep Time: 5 minutes // Cook Time: 30 minutes
What You'll Need
- 6 cups filtered water
- 7 rounded tsp loose leaf or 7 sachets/tea bags of your favorite tea
- 3 thinly sliced peaches
- Optional: 1/4 cup honey, agave, or sugar
- Optional: Extra peach slices for garnish
- Ice cubes
- Mesh strainer
Start by making your peach syrup. Bring the water to boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Add the optional sweetener and peach slices to the water. Lower to medium heat and simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring until the sugar dissolves and occasionally crushing the fresh peaches with a large wooden spoon. Remove your homemade peach syrup from heat and let cool.
Next, steep your tea bags (or loose leaf tea) in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes).
Pour your cooled peach mixture into a fine-mesh strainer and strain over a large pitcher.
Combine the tea with the strained peach mixture and give it a good stir. Serve tea immediately over ice cubes or let infuse in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve. Garnish with peach slices and enjoy!
If you prefer a more tart taste, add in a squeeze of lemon juice for a citrusy tang!
How to Make Peach Leaf Tea
A healthful cup of peach loose leaf tea is simple to make if you just have the right ingredients. All you need is three tablespoons of clean peach bark and peach leaves, then steep them in hot water for 5-10 minutes. For a sweet tea, add honey or sugar to taste, if desired.
Once you’ve got your homemade peach tea down, try exploring more recipes that combine peaches with tea. Experiment with sun tea, or drink recipes like our peach tea sangria or whiskey peach iced tea, a peaches and cream cocktail. You can even channel the sweet, cooling essence of frozen peaches with our Sweet Tea Peach Popsicle!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
SUMMER TEA SHOP
The sun is shining, birds are singing, and you're ready to spend summer days lounging in your backyard. And what's a better accessory to summer lounging than a cool glass of iced tea? Sips by has the summer iced teas, teaware, and tea accessories to make your own personal tea oasis. So whether you're looking for delicious fruity teas to cold brew, convenient iced tea pitchers to make sun tea, or kits to take your summer tea options to the next level, Sips by's Summer Tea Shop has the tools you need to have a refreshing summer.
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