We had a brief respite from the sweltering heat this week. Next weeks forecast shows temperatures heading back into the 100+ range. Ugh. This is my least favorite season! However, even with the heat, the days are made better with cold drinks and good friends. I made this Peach Tea Lemonade Punch at my demo for the Orange Country Fair last month and was blessed to share it with the culinary staff afterward. Those people work hard all day long! They deserve some cool refreshment! Plus, they’re basically amazingly awesome.
Cheers to new friends, great drinks, and even sweltering summer temperatures! Life is good, my friends. I hope you enjoy it!
Peach Tea Lemonade Punch
A refreshing summer classic, this Peach Tea Lemonade Punch is perfect for celebrating with friends or serving your family at your next backyard BBQ!
- 3 cups water
- 4 regular black tea bags
- 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed
- 6 cups peach puree* (approx. 8-10 peaches, depending on their size)
- 12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 24 oz ginger ale (2 12-oz cans)
- 24 oz club soda (2 12-oz cans)
- fresh peach wedges/mint leaves for garnish
Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan, add tea bags and mint leaves.
Boil 1 minute, remove from heat, cover and steep 20 minutes.
Strain tea into a 1 gallon container and discard tea bags and mint.
Add peach puree, lemonade and simple syrup to the container and stir well.
Cover and chill at least 8 hours — preferably overnight.
When ready to serve, pour chilled tea mix into a bowl or large pitcher.
Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving.
Garnish glasses with fresh peach wedges and mint leaves.
*To make Peach Puree, cut peaches in half and remove pits. Place peach halves in a blender and puree until smooth.
TIP: Freeze any addition peach puree in ice-cube trays and use the peach cubes in your punch glasses for extra peachy flavor!
Aren’t my new friends adorable? ;-)
Looking for the links to all the other summer fun things I made for the Orange County Fair? You can find them here:
Spicy Peach Salsa
Savory Grape Dressing
Creamy Grape Salad with Candied Walnuts
Once again, I have to thank the generous people at Melissa’s Produce for all the peaches used in this recipe! They’re an amazing company and you should all check out their produce or purchase it in your local grocery stores!