Meet your new summer drink: homemade Peach Iced Tea Lemonade! Simple to make, packed with in-season peaches, and bound to keep you cool during these humid summer days!Jump to Recipe
Summer is flying right by! I was excited to snag a 25-pound box of peaches from the Georgia Peach Truck last week; it gave me the perfect excuse to spend the weekend baking up a storm to work my way through the box. I can get a little antsy in the summer because it looks gorgeous outside but it’s actually 95 degrees, insanely humid, and buggy as all get out. So, instead, I try to channel that antsy energy into the kitchen and get creative with all the produce popping up.
The first recipe I developed with my peaches was this Peach Iced Tea Lemonade! This homemade peach tea lemonade is so refreshing — a touch sweet, herbal, and flavorful!
Start by making a simple syrup and then mixing the lemon juice straight into it. From there, brew the tea and let it cool while the simple syrup cools. Once at room temperature, we combine the two and let chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Easy! Serve it with additional slices of lemon, peaches, or mint for an extra pop of color!
What’s Needed for Peach Iced Tea Lemonade?
As the name suggests, this peach tea and lemonade is a mixture of herbal rooibos tea and a homemade lemon-peach syrup for tea. Here’s what you’ll need to make this refreshing summer drink:
- Fresh peaches
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon juice
- Rooibos tea bags
- Fresh mint, lemon slices, and peach slices (to garnish)
How to Make Peach Iced Tea Lemonade
I’ve given detailed instructions in the recipe card below on how to make this homemade peach tea and lemonade. Here are the basic steps to making this summer drink:
- Make the peach syrup for tea. Place the sliced peaches, some water, and sugar in a saucepan and simmer for 15 minutes until the peaches soften.
- Break up the peaches with the back of a fork, then simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Let the peach syrup cool slightly, then stir in the lemon juice. Set aside.
- Brew the tea. Brew the rooibos tea bags according to package instructions.
- Make the iced tea lemonade. Combine the peach-lemon mixture with the brewed tea. Let chill for 1 hour.
- When serving, garnish the iced tea lemonade with mint, lemon slices, and/or peach slices.
Can I Use Frozen Peaches in This Recipe?
Possibly, although I’ve only made this homemade peach tea and lemonade using fresh peaches. Frozen peaches are often more sour than fresh peaches, so you may need to up the sugar content in the simple syrup.
Should I Strain the Peach Syrup?
I personally like the bits of peach floating in this iced tea lemonade, but you’re welcome to strain the peach syrup before stirring in the lemon juice, if desired.
Tips for Making Peach Iced Tea Lemonade
For the tea, I used rooibos tea because I love the way it blends with lemon. If you aren’t a rooibos fan, you could also use chamomile or black tea depending on what you have on hand.
Also, traditional simple syrup usually has a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar. However, since the peaches are already sweet and I don’t like my drinks too sweet, I cut down on the sugar for the syrup. Feel free to add more sugar at the end when you are ready to serve if you think it needs a little more for your liking.
For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than the bottled stuff. Freshly squeezed is brighter in flavor!
Want More Summer Drink Recipes?
- Spicy Watermelon Soda
- Elderflower Lemonade
- Grapefruit Cucumber Rose Quencher
- Rosé All Day Spritzer
- St. Germain Spritzer
Meet your new summer drink: homemade Peach Tea Lemonade! Simple to make, packed with in-season peaches, and bound to keep you cool during these humid summer days!
- 3 peaches , pitted and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cups water , divided
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
- 4 rooibos tea bags
- Fresh mint, lemon slices, and peach slices for serving
Place peach pieces, 2 cups water, and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the peaches has become very soft.
Use the back of a fork or spoon to break up and smash the pieces of peaches to release some of their juices. Continue to simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
Add in the lemon juice and set aside.
While the peach syrup is simmering, bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover, and let steep for as long as the package directions suggest.
Combine the peach-lemon mixture with the tea, cover, and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
When ready to serve, taste and add more water if you’d like it more diluted. Transfer to serving glasses, top with ice, and garnish with mint, lemon, and peach slices.