Are you looking for that ‘little something extra’ in flavor and sweetness to complement your tea? How about a burst of sweet peach perfection to pair with your perfect hot or iced tea? It’s simple with this homemade peach syrup for tea recipe.
All it calls for is a few key ingredients, a little time, and one (I’m sure one or two of many) of your favorite Plum Deluxe teas!
Should My Simple Syrup Be Clear?
Whether you’ve made simple syrup before or not, I think this section will be useful for everyone. Truthfully, when it comes to making a simple syrup yourself, it’s a personal preference when it comes to deciding if you have a clear, semi-clear, or opaque homemade simple syrup.
Wondering what the differences are in making each variety? Let’s run through them together, and then you can decide for yourself which one suits you best!
When you make a fruit-based simple syrup, how you decide to ‘treat’ your fruit in the process, will decide the appearance of your simple syrup in the end. During the boiling and simmering process, while the fruit, sugar/sweeteners, and water are melding together in harmony, you have three choices on what to do with your fruit; you can leave it alone, you can mash it, or you can put it in a blender.
While your syrup is forming, if you choose to just stir and simmer and leave your fruit alone, you will ultimately end up with a clear syrup after you strain out your fruit at the end.
If you choose to mash your fruit during the process, you will (fruit dependent) end up with a semi-transparent simple syrup, as we do with our homemade peach syrup. P.S. It’s divine this way!
Finally, if you choose to run it through an immersion blender at the end of the process, before cooling and straining, you will end up with an opaque syrup, that is also much thicker.
These different choices offer different opportunities. Are you looking for that thicker and more flavorful syrup/sauce-like result? Maybe a clear, yummy, sweetened syrup is more up your alley? Whatever the case, now you know how to customize your next kitchen endeavor.
Peach Perfect Complements
Are you looking for a few teas that this homemade peach syrup would complement ever-so-beautifully? You’re in luck! I’ve got a list of some fabulous teas so that once you’ve made this delicious homemade peach syrup, you’ll be ready to sit down with your cuppa and indulge in the two!
First up is Oregon Breakfast black tea, which is a hazelnut and orange duo. This charming pair of flavors perfectly balance each other on the base of both a black and honeybush tea. The addition of some homemade peach syrup for a little sweetness only adds to the layers of flavor found in this tea. It’s a must-try!
Our House Blend black tea is another great cuppa to choose from whether you’re after regular or decaf. This is truly a classic blend, with Assam and Ceylon teas wrapped up with comforting vanilla and pepped up by enticing colors from safflower and blue cornflowers. The homemade peach syrup is perfect for a touch of sweetness, and some milk is delightful as well!
How about making a delightful iced tea and adding in some of this homemade peach syrup for your sweetener? It’s a winner!
Using “Smoothing Sailing” Mango black tea, Porch Sippin’ Pecan black tea, or even our Mango-Apricot green tea would be just perfect poured over a glass of ice and drizzled with some of this peach syrup.
Homemade Peach Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) peaches (about 3 large peaches if using fresh)
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
If you’re using fresh peaches, wash them well. Cut your peaches into small chunks.
In a large skillet combine your peaches, water, and both sugars and cook over medium heat. Bring your mixture to a boil, stirring often, until your sugar dissolves. (You want to make sure you consistently stir so that you don’t scorch your mixture)
Reduce the heat to medium-low, so that the mixture is at a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, take a potato masher, or something similar, and mash your peaches down. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, mashing once more before they’re done cooking.
Remove your peach mixture from the heat and let cool in the pan for approximately 20 minutes. The peach syrup with thicken up as it cools.
Take a fine mesh strainer and run your peach syrup through this to remove the remaining peach pieces. Make sure to use a spatula or wooden spoon to squeeze out the peaches well to remove all the juices.
Store your homemade peach syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It makes one cup and lasts up to two weeks in the fridge. (If it’s a little too thick to pour from the cold refrigerator, gently warm it in the microwave before using)