For the first time in living memory, we have had some semblance of summer time. The kids have been able to enjoy their moment in the sea and I’ve felt the sun on my face long enough to benefit from a vitamin D boost. It’s been a long time coming.
Not since 2005 or 6 do I remember the kind of unbroken sunshine that one associates with July and August. Whilst the rest of the world ridicules Brits for being obsessed with the weather, is it any wonder? The perpetual precipitation and overcast drizzle, the annual broken promises, the washed out festivals and the damp weddings. What can one expect of people who are constantly battered with disappointment?
Anyway, this post was supposed to be in praise of summertime. Alas, true to form, I’m moaning about the rain…
So the sun has been momentarily glorious and I have a tan without having been abroad. Unheard of. And with sunshine comes alfresco dining and a truly fabulous excuse for elaborate cocktails. Recently, in a bid to maintain my Britishness during the heat wave, I’ve been experimenting with iced tea and what do you know, it makes the most delicious mixer ever. Whether stirring in a few measures of rum or my personal favourite, the suitably British Pimms, peach iced tea makes an ideal summer’s day drink – with or without the booze.
I’ve been working on my recipe so I thought I’d share it with you guys in celebration of summer and all things sunshine (although that being said, as I write this the sun is hiding behind a blanket of grey cloud…typical).
Here’s what you need to make 4½ litres of Iced Peach-N’-Pimms Tea:
- A large pitcher
- Plenty of tap water
- 12 breakfast tea bags
- 1 cup of regular sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 350ml of peach nectar – found in the juice aisle
- 200ml of Pimms
- 1 lemon
- Fresh peaches, cherries, strawberries, apricots, pears, mangoes, whatever takes your fancy – just no mint or cucumber, the flavours clash!
And here’s how to make it:
- Bring 4 cups of water to the boil
- Remove from the stove and add the tea bags
- Allow the tea to soak for 10 minutes
- Discard the tea bags and add sugar, baking soda, peach nectar and the juice of 1 lemon
- Pour the peach tea into a large pitcher and add a further 6 cups of cold water
- Pour in 200ml of Pimms (8 shots, hic!)
- Add sliced peaches and any other fruit your heart desires.
- Serve over ice.
Make this and thank me later.
This is a guest post in association with leisurecooker.co.uk