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I’ve muddled fresh peaches with delicious #Bigelow Perfect Peach Iced for the ultimate Muddled Peach Tea to cool you off this summer.
I was born in the south. To someone raised in the south and someone raised in a completely metropolitan Canadian city. Not the strangest combination, but, as a result, it definitely was interesting growing up. Mom brought her experiences from her melting pot of a city and Dad brought the down home ways and foods. I think it was the best of both worlds as I look back on my childhood.
There was always one constant at every meal; iced tea. There wasn’t sweet and unsweet. When you order tea at a restaurant it was always sweet in the south. No question. And it was the perfect amount of sweet, too. Honestly, perfecting the amount of sweet in tea takes serious talent and training. Brewing tea alone can take serious talent. If it’s too strong no amount of sugar can bring it back. In addition, if it’s too weak, well, you may as well drink water. You have to have the perfect number of bags in the steep and sometimes even the type of tea makes a difference. And the water makes a difference. Honestly, it is a science.
Since we had tea at every meal, and I mean EVERY meal, it’s one I had to perfect early. You see, Mom and Dad didn’t allow us to drink those sodas when we were growing up. They didn’t think we needed all that sugar. Now, while I’m not a tea sommelier – Do those even exist? Or are they baristas? But they just make coffee, right? Not pair the perfect coffee with your meal? Additionally, while I’m by far not a tea expert, I do know a thing or two about making the perfect iced tea because I’ve pretty much been doing it all my life.
Nowadays, not only do servers ask if you want sweet or unsweet but there’s some restaurants that offer up flavor choices. For me, the perfect pairing of tea to fruit are peaches. I mean, for most people iced tea is only a summer drink, like coffee is a winter drink. They make that “sun” stuff which is not tea. Or they use a powder mix. That’s just wrong on so many levels. Can it even be called tea? That’s like instant coffee. Can that really be called coffee? Those diehards out there are puckering. I see ya. That’s how I feel about powdered tea.
Where was I? Oh yeah, summertime tea. There’s nothing more refreshing than a cold glass of iced tea in the dead of summer. Not only is iced tea essential to summer, but, furthermore, so are peaches. You know, those peaches that are super juicy and sweet. You bite into them like an apple and that sweet flavor just smacks ya in the mouth. If it’s a good peach, it will. And if it’s a good peach, you will need a kitchen towel because no puny napkin will help clean up that mess. Trust me on this one.
To say I am thrilled to see Bigelow make some delicious iced tea flavors is an understatement. I was especially excited to try their Perfect Peach iced tea flavor. I mean, pairing my two favorite summertime flavors together is just a no brainer to me. And this tea is packed with summertime, peach iced tea flavor. For that reason, this tea reminds of that one trip back from a day at the beach on the Jersey shore and Mom and I stopped at a farmers stand. We bought the biggest Jersey peaches I’ve ever seen. They rivalled those we used to get in Georgia every summer on our trips to Florida. They were as big as my fist and oh so juicy!
Now, I just have to share a personal note on this one. The hubs is the tea maker in the house now. I think I told you that. So, he started to make tea the way he makes tea with a big pot of water. On account of this tea being easier to prepare, I said, “Nope! Not this Bigelow Perfect Peach iced tea. You only need to boil one cup per bag.” Yes. It is indeed that easy to prepare. You could boil the water in the microwave and have a fresh pitcher of tea on the table in no time at all. Not that it takes that long to boil one or two cups of water on a stove, but if you’re like me, you don’t even want to do that in the summer. The hubs looked at me completely baffled. “One cup?” “Yup! One cup!”
Since our pitcher is a gallon, we boiled two cups of water, put in two of the Bigelow iced tea bags, and let them steep for the 10 minutes. Then we added 1/4 cup of stevia (that’s our sweetener or choice) to the steeped tea along with 6 cups of cold water (three cups per bag). That’s the important part; adding your sweetener to the hot tea before adding the cold water. This ensures that it’s dissolved and or mixed completely in with the tea.
Then I poured the hubs a glass. You should have seen the look on his face. He’s in love with this Bigelow Perfect Peach iced tea. The words “That’s good! We can drink that every night!” were just uttered. And he’s right we could drink this tea every night. Because its peach flavor is natural and not full of fake peach flavor like other teas I’ve tried we will, without a doubt, we will be drinking this tea all the time.
Not only does it taste like you’re drinking peach puree but you will feel good drinking this tea. Tea is better for us then the sodas we used to drink. We are more hydrated, we’re sleeping better, and there’s no…um…bloat. There, I said it! BLOAT! Sodas make you bloated. At least they do me anyway.
Then I had an epiphany! Why not add peaches to the peach iced tea for even more amazing peach-y summertime flavor?? OH yeah. I certainly did. And it was oh so delicious. And I’ll do it again every time peaches are in season. Adding the puree to this Bigelow Perfect Peach iced tea makes for even more intense peach flavor like you’ve never had before. Well, maybe you have, but I haven’t. I also love the little bits of peach that this Muddled Peach Tea has and it only heightens the whole peach experience. Honestly, this glass of peach tea is undoubtedly an experience; not just a drink.
What’s even better than this experience of a drink? That I can get it at my local Walmart!! See? There it is in the coffee and tea aisle. There’s currently three flavors of this particular type of Bigelow iced tea: Raspberry, Lemon, and Peach. I can’t wait to try those other two flavors. If they’re as good as the peach, I’m going to have to, of course, add a few more shelves to my pantry. I hope they come out with more flavors once these go flying off the shelves. To make sure I don’t miss a thing, I’m following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
What’s your favorite way to drink iced tea? Do you pump up your pitcher with fruit or other ingredients?
I've muddled fresh peaches with delicious #Bigelow Perfect Peach Iced for the ultimate Muddled Peach Tea to cool you off this summer.
- 2 Bigelow Perfect Peach iced tea bags
- 2 cups boiling water
- 6 cups cold water
- 1/4 cup stevia (or sweetener of choice)
- 2 to 3 large peaches
- Pour two cups of boiling water over the two tea bags and allow to steep 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags, stir in the sweetener, and pour the mixture into a gallon container with the cold water. Refrigerate until cold.
- Peel the peach and muddle 2 to 3 thin slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and add 8 ounces of tea and shake for 3 to 5 seconds. Strain over a glass filled with fresh ice and serve, garnished with a peach slice.