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Iced Tea is the Bomb on a Hot Summer’s Day

Peach Rhubarb Iced Tea

Drinks, Summer | 19th July 2016 | By

It really is too hot to think about food at the moment. I know we’ve not had much of a summer yet, but I don’t take too well to the heat; now it’s arrived all I want to do is lie in a hammock under a shady tree and drink iced tea – peach and rhubarb iced tea to be exact.

When I say I want to drink iced tea, that is precisely what I mean. In a disappointing reality check, it’s currently so hot that the ice melts before I can pour a glass and get it to my lips, let alone take photos of it. Luckily, this iced tea is a super refreshing drink even if it’s not as chilly as I’d like it to be.

Thyme Ice Cubes

Thyme Ice Cubes

I thought I’d make some signature thyme ice cubes this year. Don’t worry, I won’t be making any of the tin version – geddit? As soon as my thyme started to flower, I was out snipping off its heads and embedding them in ice cube trays. They make a great addition to summer drinks, contributing an extra subtle layer of flavour and a pretty flower to boot. A few of these went into the iced tea.

Fairtrade Fruit Tea

Peach Rhubarb Iced Tea

Last week I attended a Fairtrade Foundation Press Day. I’ll be posting about this shortly, but meanwhile I wanted to rave about the peach & rhubarb tea that I tried whilst there. I’m not really a fan of fruit teas, but I was so intrigued by the flavours that I gave it a go. The tea comes from The London Tea Company in case you’re wondering. The good people there assured me that the ingredients are all entirely natural. And indeed the tea tastes of real peaches with a little hint of tart rhubarb. I was smitten.

Peach & Rhubarb Iced Tea

To call this a recipe is a bit of an overstatement, it’s more of an idea really. The peach & rhubarb tea base is enhanced with sliced peaches and given added depth with strawberries, mint, lime and thyme flower ice cubes. You could always add a glug of rhubarb liqueur to liven things up a bit. Just saying.

Peach Rhubarb Iced Tea

If peach and rhubarb doesn’t grab you as a flavour, you can use any sort of tea you like, black, green, fruit or herb. Rooibos is a firm favourite with us. If you like the idea, why not pin the above photo to Pinterest to remind you.

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Peach and Rhubarb Iced Tea – The Recipe

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Peach and Rhubarb Iced Tea

A refreshing fruity tea best served chilled whilst lazing in a hammock under a shady tree.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: fruit tea, iced tea, refreshing, summer, tea
Servings: 4 large glasses
Author: Choclette


  • 1 or 2 peach & rhubarb teabags , depending on how strong or weak you like it (I used The London Tea Company)
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 peach - stoned , quartered and sliced
  • 8 -12 strawberries - quartered
  • 3-4 sprigs of mint
  • ½ lime - sliced
  • 12 ice cubes (with or without edible flowers or herbs)


  • Boil half the water and pour over the teabags. Cover and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the teabags and add the remaining water - the colder the better. Allow to cool.
  • Place the fruit and mint into a large jug, pour in the tea and give a good stir.
  • Add the ice cubes, pour into glasses and sip away.


Cooling the tea can take some time, but if you have room in the fridge, it will cool a lot faster.
Use whatever tea you like and add fruit or herbs as appropriate. Lemon is always a good bet. 
If you like your drinks sweet, you can add a little sugar or sweetener of your choice to taste. The peach slices and strawberries, however are enough for me.
You can always add a little rhubarb liqueur to liven things up a bit.

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  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    19th July 2016 at 11:05 am

    How pretty! They are indeed a perfect summer cooler.

    • Choclette

      19th July 2016 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Angie. We’re going through loads of it today. It’s been our hottest day this year.

  2. Andrea @ The Petite Cook

    19th July 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Thyme ice cubes! Why I never thought about this! Sounds absolutely brilliant, and they’re so pretty! And I’m a huge fan of refreshing iced tea on hot summer days, this peach and rhubarb is definitely on my to-do list 🙂

    • Choclette

      19th July 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Andrea. i’m a little bit in love with my thyme ice cubes 😉

  3. Jemma

    20th July 2016 at 9:34 am

    Those ice cubes are so pretty! I also love the colour of your iced tea – it looks delicious!

    • Choclette

      20th July 2016 at 11:11 am

      Thanks Jemma. I’m just a little bit excited by the thyme ice cubes 😉

  4. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    20th July 2016 at 9:52 am

    What I wouldn’t give for a cold glass of your iced tea right now! I love that you’ve jazzed up the ice cubes too. Very clever! They look pretty too 🙂

    • Choclette

      20th July 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Emma. Thankfully, it’s a little cooler here today, but I think I might need a glass or two anyway.

  5. Diana

    20th July 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Peach and rhubarb what a wonderful combination! Sounds very refreshing for these hot days!

    • Choclette

      21st July 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Thanks Diana, it really is good for the hot weather. Now it’s cooled down a bit, I’m back to drinking hot tea 😉

  6. Lisa

    20th July 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I love that you didn’t sweeten this, I’m sure that with those fruits it’s more than sweet enough naturally! It looks so refreshing and sounds delicious!

    • Choclette

      21st July 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I’m not really fond of sweet drinks. I eat plenty of sweet stuff and don’t really want to drink it too.

  7. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    21st July 2016 at 12:03 am

    Your ice cubes are a great idea! I am finding it hard to cook with this weather too. In fact I don’t want to do anything at all! Your drink looks really interesting and refreshing. Enjoy summer 🙂

    • Choclette

      21st July 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Alida. I know what you mean, I find it hard to do any work when it’s so hot and humid. Luckily it’s a lot cooler here today.

  8. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    21st July 2016 at 2:14 am

    I love herbal fruit tea (I am very partial to Twinings fruit teas) and would love this – though it is so cold right now that I need my teas warm but come summer I am sure I would love it

    • Choclette

      21st July 2016 at 1:11 pm

      It’s so hard to think of you being cold in Australia Johanna. We’ve just had a mini heat wave and all I want are thirst quenching cold drinks – not my normal default.

  9. All That I'm Eating

    22nd July 2016 at 9:39 am

    How pretty is this? What a lovely summer drink. I loved iced tea anyway so the strawberries and peaches in this sound delicious.

    • Choclette

      22nd July 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Caroline. It really is a great summer drink, especially if you can get the ice to hang around for more than a couple of seconds 😉

  10. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    27th July 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Iced tes is definitely a perfect refresher on a hot day. I am a huge fan of fruit teas (although I am quite picky about which ones I drink)….. sadly, Rooibos gives me eczema!
    The ice cubes are beautiful….. but tin would be a bad idea , I agree!

    • Choclette

      27th July 2016 at 5:03 pm

      Hahaha, I’m glad you agree with me on tin! How horrid and strange that rooibos should give you eczema. It seems such an inoffensive drink.


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