Iced Tea with Peach Puree

Cook’s notes: I wanted to make peach iced tea from scratch with less sugar. The typical instant peach iced tea has too much for my taste. You don’t need to peel the peach slices.

Makes 2 quarts.

2 ripe peaches, sliced and pitted
1 cup water
1/4 cup mint syrup
Juice of 1/2 Meyer lemon (about 1.5 tablespoons juice (0.75 oz; 22 ml)
5 cups of strong black tea (I used 4 PG Tips tea bags steeped in 1 cup water; plus 4 cups water).

Boil the peach slices in 1 cup water for 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Make the tea; stir in the lemon juice and mint syrup. Let cool.

Puree the sweetened tea and peach slices until blended. Serve over ice.

Family secret: For “special tea”, add Jim Beam Honey Bourbon to taste.