Easy to go Peach Iced Tea

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Peaches, oh that sweet sweet smell. Being someone who is allergic to everything, including all acidic fruit, it makes me appreciate the things I’m not allergic to even more- like peaches. Now, if I get too messy with them I still break out but nothing like I do with lemons or pineapples or tomatoes or…you get it. But, peaches are my saving grace. They taste PHENOMENAL and like I said, I can enjoy them without fear. So any time I can incorporate them, I want to.

Lately my husband has given up soda (yayyyy!) and as a treat from time to time he enjoys tea. He also shares a love of peaches so it came to no surprise that when they went on sale (I got 8 of them for $1.87!) and I brought some home, he requested some peach tea. I was all over it. I am no stranger to flavored drinks, especially teas, so this came pretty easy. But when I saw my husband’s mason jars that I use for his Easy to go Iced Coffee, and thought heyyyy, we can make the peach teas even better, put them in mason jars so they are easy to grab on the go! Picking him up from work last night all I had to do is grab one out of the fridge and get on my merry way.

If you don’t dabble too much in the kitchen, homemade peach iced tea may sound complicated. But it’s really not. I promise, any of you with some peaches and a pantry can pull this off easily. Take a look and see for yourself…

What you need:

  • 3 Peaches- sliced
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 2 Lipton Iced Tea Bags
  • Mason Jars- optional.

Throwing it all together:

See this prettyPeach Syrup pink stuff? That’s what’s going to put the peach in your peach tea. Isn’t it beautiful? You kind of hate to spoil it by adding some boring brown tea, but once you taste it- you’ll be like, who cares what it looks like when it tastes like this?!

and as I promised, it’s really easy to make. All you have to do is take your water and bring it to a boil. After that stir in your sugar, let it bubble for a minute. Then take it off the heat, add in your peaches, and let it sit for a couple of hours to come to room temp. Once it is, you can store it in a jar like this until your ready to use! Or, if you are ready for that tea, we can go ahead and start mixing it all up!

The next part, you’ve probably already done. Brew some Tea. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, and then steep 2 LLipton bagsipton Iced Tea Bags for 5 minutes. One your done steeping, take out the bags and set aside.

Take 3 mason jars and fill to the first line with peach syrup. My jars it was to the 4 line.

Nowwww, add tea to the last line at the top.

 

tea all together

And lastly, seal on the lid, give it a shake, and then let it come to room temp before refrigerating.

See? I keep my promises! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

To make it even better, add in some ice, and take it outside to enjoy the summer weather. Enjoy it for me too because where I live, it’s been raining for 2 weeks now :/

Feel free to send pics of your sunshine filled day as you enjoy your Peach Iced Tea! Hope to hear from you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Easy to go Iced Coffee

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Coffee, something I have lived and breathed…and drank for many, many years now. I started working in coffee shops at 16 and had longed to way before then. Coffee is something I have always enjoyed and I take pleasure in crafting it into the perfect beverage. I worked in the coffee industry off and on from 16-22, and loved every minute of it. Well, not every minute. 5am wake up times were tough, but worth the job. Sadly, VERY sadly, I began tapering off of caffeine back in October when I was beginning to have crazy anxiety and had no idea where it came from (it ended up being the birth control I was on. But you can read more about that journey,here) but I stuck with limiting myself to caffeine usage as someone who deals with anxiety. It was tough, I miss coffee anytime I brew some up for my husband, but first and foremost comes health, right?

Even though I have tapered myself off, I do still enjoy it from time to time as a treat. When my husband had mentioned he wanted mason jars to start drinking out of and storing different drinks in for work and the like, and after I finally found some that were the right size and not purple, it hit me. Iced Coffee in a mason jar. Now, i’ve seen it before, ice coffee and other drinks. I swear I have drank SO much sweet tea from mason jars. But it hit me that I could take a some what lengthy, wait filled process, that is making a wonderful glass of ice coffee and turn it into a quick and efficient process with these mason jars. And I have to say, I am thrilled by the outcome. It takes the time out of brewing and waiting for it to cool off so all of your ice doesn’t water it down, right out of it, it’s customizable so say you want mocha one day and vanilla the next, you don’t have to go through that process- twice. When you want coffee, you want it right then and there. Who wants to wait a few hours before they can enjoy a nice mugย mason jar- full of iced coffee? So allow me to show you this quick and easy process so you can sip on ice coffee all week long and only have to prep it once.

First up, brew the coffee (we use the french press but you can brew it anyway you prefer).

Start with filtered water all the way to the top of your press.

Start with filtered water all the way to the top of your press. Pour the water into a pot and bring it to a rolling boil.

Add in the amount of coffee that you normally like. For some you like it extra strong, some- not so much. Use your normal measurements. For mine I used 2 tablespoons (we have a small french press). Then top it off with a little kosher salt to take the bite off.

As it boils, add in the amount of coffee that you normally like. For some you like it extra strong, some- not so much. Use your normal measurements. For mine I used 2 tablespoons (we have a small french press). Then top it off with a little kosher salt to take the bite off.

Pour in your water and let it brew for 4 minutes (if you like it stronger, feel free to let it sit 1-2 minutes longer).  Then plunge down SLOWLY. And I mean slowly. You don't want the grounds to pop up at the top of the press. I love coffee but a mouth full of grounds is just yucky.

Pour in your water and let it brew for 4 minutes (if you like it stronger, feel free to let it sit 1-2 minutes longer). Then plunge down SLOWLY. And I mean slowly. You don’t want the grounds to pop up at the top of the press. I love coffee but a mouth full of grounds is just yucky.

Before adding in the coffee, put whatever you normally doctor your coffee up with at the bottom (sans milk/cream/etc). Add in some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, or other flavors for some extra fun. Then fill your mason jar with coffee up to 3/4 cup line. My mason jars will hold about 2 cups to the top.

Before adding in the coffee, put whatever you normally doctor your coffee up with at the bottom (sans milk/cream/etc). Add in some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, or other flavors for some extra fun. Then fill your mason jar with coffee up to 3/4 cup line. My mason jars will hold about 2 cups to the top.

Now, the cream. Fill your mason jar up with milk or creamer up to the next line (the 1 cup line). If you aren't crazy about creamer, then you can just add more coffee.

Now, the cream. Fill your mason jar up with milk or creamer up to the next line (the 1 cup line). If you aren’t crazy about creamer, then you can just add more coffee. Then make sure the lid is on tight, and SHAKE. Get it nice and mixed up.ย Repeat all steps for however many jars of coffee you want. I would suggest making coffee for 3 days at a time that way it remains fresh.

Now that it's mixed up, it's ready for the fridge. Before putting it up though, if you created different flavors in each jar, take some masking tape and label them so you know which you are reaching in for. In this case, "M" is for Mocha.

If you created different flavors in each jar, take some masking tape and label them so you know which you are reaching in for. In this case, “M” is for Mocha or mmmm, so good!ย 

Now, all that's left to do is refrigerate until your ready to enjoy. I recommend letting these sit for about an hour in the fridge before enjoying when they are freshly made.

Now, all that’s left to do is refrigerate until your ready to enjoy. I recommend letting these sit for about an hour in the fridge before enjoying when they are freshly made so they can get nice and cold. I hate it when ice cubs dilute my coffee.

When you are ready to drink, add in some ice and shake it up once more to get everything mixed back in. Then, the fun part,ย enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is the easy step by step version for reference:

  1. Brew your coffee. We use a french press but you can use whatever method you prefer. If you follow my directions and use the french press: Fill your press up with filtered water and then boil in a pot, add in your coffee to the bottom (adjusted to your taste), top it off with a small pinch of kosher salt, let the boiling water sit on top of your coffee with the press lid loosely sitting on top for 4 minutes (5-6 if you like extra strong coffee), and then plunge SLOWLY.
  2. In the bottom of your mason jar, add in whatever you usually put in your coffee MINUS the creamer/milk. Such as sweetener, flavored syrups, etc.
  3. Pour your coffee up to the 3/4 cup line (my mason jar will hold about 2 cups of liquid up to the top, adjust to the size you have).
  4. Then pour your milk/creamer up to the next line (1 cup line). If you like your coffee black, then just add more coffee up to this line.
  5. Put on your lid and make sure it is on nice and tight and give it a nice shake to get everything mixed up.
  6. Take a piece of masking tape and label the tops of your jars if you added in different flavors to each jar so you can keep track.
  7. Refrigerate.
  8. Repeat until you have enough jars to last you about 3 days. I like to do them 3 days at a time so they can remain nice and fresh.
  9. When you are ready to drink, add in some ice and give it a nice shake.
  10. ENJOY! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you drink iced coffee all year round or is it just a summer time treat for you? ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to hearing from you as always!

Raspberry Passion Iced Tea

When I used to work at Starbucks, one of the greatest things I discovered was the Passion Iced Tea. I no longer work for Starbucks but I do still dabble in drink making, I worked for coffee shops all during my teenage years and up until I was 21, so not making drinks is just…well not possible for me.

I always have Passion Tea on hand, it’s full of flavor and makes even the cloudiest day a little sunny. So when I was doing my weekly cleaning of my fridge last week, I stumbled upon some raspberries that needed to be eaten and knew just what to do- mix it up with Passion Tea! Raspberry is a perfect complimenting flavor for the already fruity taste that the tea carries and marrying the two together is SO easy. So go grab a box of this delectable liquid, and get ready to change your life- yes, it’s THAT good.

What you need:

  • 3 Passion Tea Bags (you can find them at any grocery store in the coffee/tea isle).
  • 1 cup of Raspberries
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 cup of Sugar

Putting it together:

  1. Take your raspberries and gently smash them. You aren’t wanting to smush them up into goo or anything, just a little smash to get things going.
  2. Now, bring to a boil your 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of your freshly mashed raspberries all together.
  3. Once your boil is reached, turn the heat down to medium low and let it simmer until all the sugar is dissolved- about 3 minutes.
  4. Set your sugar mixture off to the side and let it cool completely once finished simmering. About 20-30 minutes.
  5. Once your mixture is cool, boil 3 cups of fresh water and then place your tea bags in the water once the boil is reached. Take it off of the heat and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  6. After the 5 minutes is up, take a slotted spoon and scoop out your tea bags- pressing them up against the side of your pot right before removing them to get all the extra water and flavor out of them.
  7. In a pitcher, stir together your raspberry syrup and tea until well combined.
  8. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

This would be fantastic to serve at a cook out or family gathering. It would look beautiful in a glass pitcher so everyone can see the beautiful color. Your friends and family will down it quick, so adjust the recipe to serve the amount of people you have over. This recipe will serve about 4 people!

Enjoy this delicious, summer in a glass drink! For an extra kick, add in lemonade or apple juice in place of 1 cup of tea!