PEACH TEA CHARLESTON-STYLE


Musical pairing –Come Rain Or Come Shine, Eric Clapton & BB King

I am smitten with Charleston.  The people of Charleston are so nice, gracious and welcoming – our trip thus far, has been fun, exciting and restful.  Mornings have been spent walking the beach and the rest of our days have been spent exploring this wonderful city and all it has to offer – and it’s only Tuesday!!!

This post is going to be short and sweet but I hope you’ll take the time to make this delicious tea recipe from a pair of local brothers, Matt & Ted Lee.  We’ve made this twice since picking up their book a few days ago – I’ll be doing more posts from this book along with my story about meeting them . . . let’s just say that this wasn’t one of my ‘finer’ moments . . .

In the meantime, I’m heading to the beach with a blanket, sunscreen, shades, The Professor and a thermos full of this delicious elixir!

PEACH TEA
Matt & Ted Lee, ‘Simple, Fresh, Southern’

6 regular-size bags Lipton, Luzianne, or other orange pekoe black tea
1 Cup Bottled Peach Nectar OR 1 pound ripe freestone peaches, pitted (skins left on) and cut into wedges, if they’re in season

Bring 2 cups cold water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle.  Put the tea bags in a heatproof pitcher and pour the boiling water over them.  Let steep for 15 minutes.

While the tea steeps, put the peaches in a food processor and process for about a minute and a half, until they have become a smooth, thick liquid.

Press the tea bags gently against the side of a pitcher with a wooden spoon to extract the liquid remaining in the bags, and discard the bags.  Add 4 cups cold water.  Stir in the peach puree, and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Strain the tea through a fine-mesh strainer or a folded-over piece of cheesecloth into a serving pitcher.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve (or for up to 3 days).

Poor the tea into tall glasses filled two-thirds to the rim with ice cubes.

12 Comments

  1. oh goodness, Charleston is a ‘must see before you die’ kinda place – I’m just over-the-moon with Charleston. Try the tea and let me know what you think – and I can’t wait to try your Dandelion Jelly – WOW!

  2. I’ve never been to Charelston but I have romantic notions of the place. I may just have to settle for your iced tea recipe which sound absolutely delicious!

  3. Lindsey ~ I want to go back with you!!! We’ve only been home 24 hours but are already missing it! Thanks for saying ‘hey!’

  4. I will be in Charelston in a month. Your post just got me all excited! Thanks

  5. We did a cooking class at Maverick Cooks too! I’ll be posting about that experience soon – it was so much fun! Caviar & Bananas was the best and yes, we bought a bunch of stuff to bring home! Thanks for taking the time to write a note – great ideas!

  6. I was in Charleston last September with my daughter on a mother/daughter trip and my twin sister and her son. We loved Charleston. We took a cooking class at Maverick Cooks and also one of the most fun things we did was a sailing trip for 1/2 day. We went to Cavair and bananas and bought lots of fun foods to take on boat. very cool. slmichie@comcast.net

  7. Charleston is wonderful! My ex sil-just moved from there.

    I LURVE the Peach Tea-thanks for this!

  8. Heather ~ It’s our first time here but it definitely won’t be our last – in fact, if we ever win the lottery, we’ll be purchasing a home here!! Such a vibrant city with great restaurants, museums, art and as you said, character. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I LOVE Charleston- it just has so much character!! I’m hoping to visit this summer (even though it’ll be 1000 degrees!)

  10. Barbara ~ This is our first trip to Charleston and it’s been the best – absolutely love, love, love it!

  11. I’m mad for Charleston too! Love their home tours. I’ve never had the tea, though. Will copy and make it soon! Have fun! I’m jealous.

  12. I MISS CHARLESTON!

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