Creatively Transforming Food

Peach Sweet Tea

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What would summer be without Peach Sweet Tea? I never knew there was a secret ingredient to making it perfect, other than an incredible amount of sugar. Would you believe it’s baking soda? Just a bit. Evidently it neutralizes the tannins in the tea to make it less bitter and smooth-tasting.  It’s perfect! Now, this doesn’t have to be made with peaches; it would taste smooth with or without fruit. You must try this before summer comes to an end !


Peach Sweet Tea

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Serves: 1 gallon

Smooth-tasting sweet tea is so refreshing on a hot summer's day! Most recipes I viewed for sweet tea had about 2 cups of sugar per gallon. I only used 1½ and it seemed plenty; maybe the peaches added their own sweet taste. It definitely didn't need any more!
Ingredients
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • 12 tea bags
  • 3 peaches, sliced
  • 1 qt. boiling water
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • 3 qt. cold water
Instructions
  1. Place baking soda on the bottom of 1 gallon pitcher.
  2. Top with 12 tea bags and 3 peaches, sliced.
  3. Pour 1 quart of boiling water on top and steep for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess water from them. Strain out peaches, if desired.
  5. Stir in sugar until dissolved, then add cold water.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use.