September is like a person who can’t make up their mind. Hot..Cold..Repeat. Since moving back to Virginia I have a whole new appreciation for September. It allows me to enjoy the perks of summer and fall in tandem. 80 degrees peppered in with cooler nights, Lovely summer produce still available at the farmer’s market allowing for som many seasonal dishes. Meanwhile my pumpkin patch has started producing delicious sugar pumpkins in my vegetable garden while my rhubarb and eggplant are dying back for the year. The foliage has started the slow glorious change to orange and yellow. A fantastic yearly treat here in Virginia.
Making fall and winter plans has been the order of the day here lately. Fall and Winter recipes that take pears, squash, pumpkin, figs, and sprouts. The website has been growing so much lately I finally got a little notebook I can keep in my purse to make recipe notes. Our cookbook comes out this winter so organization has been paramount here at Whisk and the Spoon Headquarters.
This homemade peach iced tea has absolutely no added sugar and no food coloring. Sure you could add sugar to taste but we recommend tasting first. The refreshing mix of fresh peaches and black tea over ice is totally divine. So whip up a batch and enjoy September as much as possible.
Peach Iced Tea
1 Tablespoon of loose black tea per cup of water (or to taste)
1 Cup boiling water per tablespoon of loose tea (or to taste)
4 Tablespoons peach puree per cup of tea (or to taste)
Ice cubes (enough to fill each heat-resistant glass or mug)
Bring the desired amount of water to a boil. Pour boiling water over black tea, then cover and let steep 10-15 minutes. After it steeps, strain into another container, or directly over each cup of ice.
Peel fresh peaches, and remove the pits. Each peach will be enough for a few cups of peach iced tea. Place the peeled peaches in a blender, and add 2 Tablespoons of water per peach. An immersion blender can also be used. Blend until it becomes a smooth puree.
Pour 1 cup of black tea over a large heat-resistant glass or mug full of ice. Add 4 Tablespoons of peach puree, or more to taste. Stir and enjoy.