Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Peach Iced Tea with Lemon Grass and Holy Basil ~ Day 115

Light and healthy peach iced tea infused with natural herbs like lemon grass and holy basil (Tulasi), a refreshing drink perfect for hot summer days.  

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

  • Peaches - 2
  • Sugar - 1/4 to 1/2 cup ( I used palm sugar) or to taste
  • Lemon grass - a small piece, crushed
  • Holy basil (Tulasi) or any basil - 7 to 8 leaves
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Tea bags - 2
  • Water - 4 cups

  1. Wash and cut the peaches into bite size pieces.  Place the peaches, sugar, lemon grass, ginger, and holy basil in a saucepan along with 1 cup of water.
  2. Gently bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the peaches are soft, about 15 minutes.  Remove the lemon grass and discard.
  3. Blend the mixture to a smooth paste.  Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer.  Let the peach syrup cool.
  4. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.  Steep the tea bags for 5 minutes.  Discard the tea bags and Let the tea cool completely.
  5. To serve:  Mix the peach syrup with the tea, stir, and refrigerate. 
  6. Pour the tea into your favorite tall glass, top it with lots of ice and enjoy!

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