My husband has long been a fan of tea, unsweetened tea to be exact. While I’m not a huge fan of it as is, creating a deliciously flavored simple syrup to serve alongside to add according to taste preference is something I can get totally handle. And better than that, it’s something I enjoy!
At our recent #FreshEvent with West Elm, my friend Krayl Funch of An Appealing Plan created this simple syrup with just the right amount of sweet and just the right amount of peach for all our guests to infuse into their southern iced tea along with fresh mint and a few sliced peaches. Served with her delicious fresh herb white bean dip, it was such a treat (and when I made a few glasses at home for my family, Aliyah exclaimed, “This is the best iced tea I’ve ever had!”).
So, here in Florida it’s been raining for 21 days. Let me say that again… Twenty one days of rain! Yeah, we’re feeling quite water logged at this point from the crazy storms and massive flooding around our city. Since it feels like fall (when you’re inside looking out of course, once you walk out the door it’s a different story) or like a winter storm, I decided to make some chili over the weekend, and also decided that I wanted mashed potatoes. Subsequently, I made both and added both to my bowl, which happened to be an epic southern bowl of comfort food. You know what goes with a bowl of comfort… a glass of it. While southern sweet tea is perfect for sipping with guests or while out by the pool or lounging on the porch, it’s also great when it feels like fall and you want to brighten up your kitchen while you stay cozy, warm and dry indoors.
For our Peach Simple Syrup Iced Tea with Mint, just whip up your favorite iced tea and serve alongside fresh mint sprigs and sliced peaches, and of course our Georgia Peach Simple Syrup added to taste. If your wanting a little extra punch, I know some of you would prefer to add in a splash of bourbon before you mix it all together.
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 ripe Georgia peaches, thinly chopped
- In a small saucepan bring sugar, water and peaches to a simmer. Lower heat and stir gently to allow sugar to fully dissolve.
- Using a wooden spoon to crush the peaches to infuse the flavor and color to the sugar mixture.
- Remove from heat and let steep for 20-30 minutes.
- Pour into a bottle or container over a fine mesh strainer to strain out peaches.
- Reserve the peaches for later use in an air tight container placed in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Add to iced tea with fresh mint and sliced peaches and muddle together for a refreshingly sweet tea, add a splash of bourbon to make it a cocktail. You can use this peach simple syrup to flavor any favorite beverage.
Simple syrup is just as the name says, a simple syrup created from equal parts water and sugar gently heated until the sugar dissolves. The plus to creating a liquid sweetener is that it’s perfect for mixing in cold beverage as the sugar is already dissolved. A great addition to beverages… and even desserts.
Thank you Krayl, for sharing your peach simple syrup with me!