When the sun comes out, tea becomes a bit of a dilemma. I can't function without it; my morning will disappear down a dark chasm of unproductive grumpiness unless I've had a cup of English Breakfast, but when it's sweltering the last thing I want to do is drink a hot drink.
This summer I plan on living on iced tea. It needs a little sweetness and tinned peaches are ideal. Add some crushed mint and not only have you solved your afternoon cuppa dilemma, you've also got the basis for a really tasty cocktail. Give your glasses a generous splash of gin before you add the tea and then top up with prosecco for a perfect summer drink.
Peach and mint iced tea (makes 1 litre)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: none
- 2-3 teabags, builders tea will work a treat
- 1 tin of peach slices in juice
- Small handful of mint leaves
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Ice cubes. Loads of 'em.
- Brew your tea in a large pot - you'll need to make around 750ml tea
- Mash up half of your peach slices and mix with the juice. Finely chop your mint leaves and muddle together with the peach juice and sugar.
- Half fill your jug with ice cubes and throw in the mint, juice and remaining peach slices
- Pour on your tea and stir thoroughly
- Add more ice if needed, otherwise pour into tall glasses over ice and settle down to watch the tennis.