Ginger Peach Sweet Tea

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I don’t know what it was that made me get so into making beverages- the mason jar movement, turning 21, a deep hatred for aspartame?

Whatever it was, in the last few years I have absolutely loved concocting my own yummy, fizzy, fruity drinks- of which this recipe is a perfect example.

In my opinion, summer seems to be the perfect time to whip up a new and fresh beverage of choice, because who doesn’t love the idea of sitting on the porch with a nice glass of ice tea? Or, more realistically in our busy world, who doesn’t love the idea of walking in the door after running errands in the heat and having something chilled and refreshing to sip on? You do, you know you do.

Thus, I bring you my new favorite drink- Ginger Peach Sweet Tea. This pitcher contains so many of my favorite flavors, I could literally drink all of it in one sitting if I did not pay attention! It’s that good.

Invite a friend over, get a glass, kick off your shoes, and enjoy the taste of something homemade for a minute. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ingredients

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (I accidentally made the lemonade, then added the tea/mint/sugar to it)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Optional: fresh peach wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil four cups of water. Once boiling, add the tea bags and mint leaves, and continue boiling for one minute.
  2. Remove the pot from heat, and stir in ½ cup sugar and ½ cup additional water, stirring until the sugar is melted.
  3. Once the sugar is melted, return the lid to the pot, and allow the tea and mint leaves to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the lemonade using the lemonade concentrate, as instructed.
  5. Once the tea is done steeping, discard the mint leaves and tea bags, and add the tea to the lemonade pitcher.
  6. Chill until ready to serve, and then stir in the ginger ale, club soda, and peach wedges. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted from: Southern Living
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious beverage options from ‘A Rented Kitchen’! (Recipe links found below):

Homemade Peach Cobbler

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As I wrote in my last post (Healthy Peach Cobbler Oatmeal), my family just picked peaches. Knowing me, and knowing that we just picked peaches, you had to know this cobbler was coming! I tried to be healthy by starting out with the cobbler oatmeal, but let’s be honest, the true cobbler was where my heart really was!

I have never made a cobbler, so this was a new experience for me! I took some time researching a variety of recipes.  I found dozens of delicious-looking cobbler recipes, but what I was missing time after time, was that delicious streusel topping you often get on top of a good apple crisp (or my all-time favorite sweet potato casserole!). Thus, I added a streusel topping, and let me tell you what, it made all the difference.

The soft warm peaches, the perfect golden brown crust, a little sweet and crunchy streusel topping- mmmmm mmmm MMM! Tastes like vacation already.

In the one-week my family vacationed in New York we went through not one, but two of these cobblers. That had a little something to do with the fact that my father is always trying to cover something warm with a little ice cream (Man of my own heart), as well as the pressing reality that we had an entire bushel of peaches to finish in 5 days.

Thus, I present you with a scrumptious, vacation inspired, New York summer, fresh, streusel-topped cobbler. I hope you’re able to share it with your family, and maybe a little vanilla ice cream too 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-6 cups fresh peach slices, rinsed and cut into small chunks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.  While the oven preheats, place one stick of butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, and melt in the preheating oven.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt, mix well.
  3. Add the milk and vanilla to the dry mix, stirring just until the wet ingredients are moist. Set aside.
  4. Combine the brown sugar, peach slices (with peach juice), lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks in a large saucepot, and bring to a boil over high heat.  Allow to boil for 5 minutes (this allows the cinnamon flavor to blend into the peaches), stirring regularly.
  5. Pour the batter over the melted butter (do not stir).  Remove the cinnamon sticks from the peach mixture, and then spoon the peaches and their liquid over the batter.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.  In the meantime, whisk the oats, brown sugar, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.
  7. Remove the cobbler form the oven and sprinkle the oat streusel topping over the peaches.  Bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until cooked all the way through and light brown on top.
  8. Serve warm or cold (optional: with vanilla ice cream!). Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted form: Southern Living Magazine, June 1997
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious summer treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen!’ Click on the links below for the recipe!: