Thursday Tipples 03 / Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

drunken peach iced tea

I used to think of myself as strictly a coffee only girl, but things have definitely changed. I sometimes still have a coffee in the morning or if I’m out with friends, but I’m predominately a tea drinker these days!

I have a problem walking past T2, but an even bigger problem if I end up walking in. This photo only shows part of my collection *blush!* If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I love tea in all manner of desserts, from earl grey ice cream to chai doughnuts, but I am always intrigued when I see tea used in cocktails.

Last summer I started making iced tea regularly because it was so delicious and refreshing, and I couldn’t help but think that some kinds of tea would be awesome with a few shots of booze – because what isn’t improved with booze, really? – and served as a pitcher cocktail.

drunken peach iced tea

The possibilities are endless of course – a fruity tisane with vodka, lemons and strawberry pieces, or a twist on the mint julep with peppermint tea, bourbon and fresh mint (I can tell you that this is in fact delicious!)

For this month’s Thursday Tipples post, I experimented with a vanilla black tea combined with peaches, spiced rum, vodka and a little Cointreau, and it turned out even better than I’d hoped. This drink feels very summery because of the peaches, and I loved the subtle spices that came through from the tea and the rum.

So here’s something to do this weekend… Make a big pitcher of tipsy iced tea and drink this with friends at sunset, sitting on the balcony or out in the backyard – perfect! You can thank me on Monday 😉

drunken peach iced tea


Tipsy Peach Iced Tea

Makes a 2 litre pitcher
Original recipe by Spicyicecream

  • 3 heaped tablespoons T2 Madagascan Vanilla (or other loose leaf black tea)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut into eighths
  • 60ml vodka
  • 60ml spiced rum
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • Ice cubes and lemonade or soda to top up
Place the loose leaf tea, water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved and water has boiled. Steep for 5-10 minutes and strain out tea leaves. Add sliced peaches and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
In a pitcher, add vodka, rum and Cointreau, tea and peaches. Top with ice cubes and lemonade or soda, and serve immediately with cute stripy straws.

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