I have been waiting for a hot sunny afternoon to make a tall pitcher of iced tea. But with markets abundant with peaches and other stone fruit, I figured I HAD to make some peach iced tea, regardless of June gloom. Or July gloom.
Here is what I used,
I also added some fresh ginger, because my sis called me in the middle of this, and thought I should …and so I did.
This is green cardamom…
It’s my touch of Indian, and I add it to my chai tea anyways, so why not in an iced tea? Who’s stopping me?
Remove the cardamom seeds from the cardamom pod, and crush them in a mortar and pestle.
In a saucepan, start boiling some water and add the crushed cardamom, fresh ginger and some sugar…
Let this simmer for a bit, so that the ginger and cardamom release their goodness….And then add some black tea bags…
Boil gently for a minute, turn off the heat, and give the mixture time to do its thing. Completely cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, chop some fresh peaches and put in a pitcher…
Now, strain the tea mixture into the pitcher…
And let this sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. Whenever you are ready for that iced tea, put some crushed ice into a glass, add some extra sugar if you want, and then the brewed tea. And enjoy…
Here is the step by step recipe:-
Peach Cardamom Iced Tea
3 black tea bags
1/2″ piece fresh minced ginger (optional)
3 tsp sugar
3 cups water
10 green cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground in mortar
In a saucepan, boil 3 cups of water. Add the crushed cardamom seeds, ginger and sugar and let this simmer for about 5 minutes. Then add the tea bags. Simmer for an additional minute, and then turn off the heat. Cool to room temperature.
Chop the fresh peaches and add to a pitcher. Then strain the tea mixture into the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. This allows for the peaches to infuse its flavor into the tea. When you are ready for your tall chilled glass of iced tea, simply add some crushed ice into your glass and pour the iced tea brew into it. And voila, you have Peach Cardamom Iced tea. Completely refreshing, even on a ‘gloomy’ day!