Summer Sippin’ and a Cookbook Giveaway Winner (Recipe: Ginger Peach Sweet Ice Tea)
The summer weather in the Deep South is great fodder for complaining. It’s hot and humid and sticky and steamy and miserable. And mosquitoes just about take us off. We constantly talk about it being hot just as if there’s some poor souls that live here who aren’t aware that it’s so hot we are all about to fall out. If you’re here, you know it’s hot. However, we still feel obliged to talk about just how hot it is.
Considering the fiery state of the ambient temperature and the considerable length of time the fiery state continues, we drink lots of cold beverages. Southern Sweet Tea is the perennial favorite. Lord knows, we drink it by the gallons especially this time of year. While it will remain the all-time favorite beverage, there’s nothing wrong with changing it up from time to time and maybe adding some seasonal fruit such as nice ripe peaches which are luscious, gorgeous and have summertime written all them. Oh, for Pete’s sake. We’re back to talking about summer. It’s so hot we’re withering on the vine.
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Ginger Peach Sweet Ice Tea
yield: 2 quarts
8 cups cold water, divided
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 2 inches of fresh ginger, sliced
2 family size teabags (I prefer Luzianne)
1/2 to 1 cup sugar (depending on taste preference and sweetness of peaches)
2 peaches, pureed
Place 4 cups cold water, lemon and ginger in medium-sized saucepan and bring to boil. Remove from heat, add teabags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. After the tea has steeped sufficiently, place sugar in pitcher and strain the hot tea mixture into the pitcher containing sugar. Stir well until sugar dissolves. Remove pits from peaches and place peaches in food processor with about 1/2 cup of the sweetened tea mixture. Puree. Strain and add peach mixture to pitcher along with remaining 4 cups of cold water. Stir well. Serve over ice.
I would like to hug the neck of every one of you who participated in the cookbook giveaway. You made the contest fun! The lucky winner is Ann B. and I’ve sent her an email letting her know she won . Congratulations, Ann! Winning a Gooseberry Patch cookbook is my definition of a good day.
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