Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 01, 2015 | By: Julie Blanner

This Spiked Peach Sweet Tea is the most perfect Southern cocktail and it’s perfect for your Kentucky Derby party! Spike this classic sweet tea with whisky for an adults only drink, or serve it without for a non-alcoholic version. Easy and quick to make with a few simple ingredients.

Spiked Peach Sweet Tea in a pitcher next to a bottle of whisky

This weekend we’re looking forward to watching the Kentucky Derby with friends. While I’m not hosting a party tomorrow, I am inviting ya’ll over for cocktails today with a Kentucky Derby drink on the menu – spiked peach tea.

What’s more southern than sweet tea? My friend Tori introduced me to peach sweet tea years ago. Unfortunately, living in the Midwest it isn’t always easy to find.

Last summer I decided to puree a can of peaches and magic happened. I blended them into fresh brewed tea. Of course adding a little whiskey never hurts either. I recommend serving your peach sweet tea along side a bottle of whiskey to let guests choose. Either way, they’ll be pleased as punch.

If you are planning a party for the Derby, be sure to check out my Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Recipe too!

To Make Spiked Peach Sweet Tea, You Will Need:

  • Sugar – Plain white sugar gives this drink a subtle sweetness.
  • Tea Bags – Use black tea for this recipe like Lipton or Luzianne, and brew them according to the instructions on the pack.
  • Water 
  • Peaches – Canned peaches are your best and easiest option for this recipe. Puree them in a food processor so that they are smooth and mix well with the tea.
  • Whiskey – This is an optional add in! You can serve the tea as it is or mix in a shot of whiskey to each glass!

How To Make Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

  1. Heat water with tea bags according to instructions on tea bags.
  2. Add a cup of sugar to a large pourable mixing bowl or pitcher. Pour tea over sugar and stir.
  3. Puree peaches in a food processor. You can substitute peach puree found in a can.
  4. Blend peaches with tea. Allow to come to room temperature or transfer to a plastic pitcher and refrigerate or add ice to cool.

Three glasses on a serving tray, one filled with spiked peach sweet tea

What’s The Best Whiskey To Use?

I like to spike my iced peach tea with Basil Hayden’s whiskey. It is a light bourbon with a buttery and smooth flavor. It has a tannic finish, so it works wonderfully with the tea. You can of course use your favorite whiskey in this recipe, but I do favor a smooth bourbon such as Maker’s Mark or W.L. Weller Reserve.

A glass of spiked sweet tea garnished with a sprig of mint

What’s The Difference Between Sweet Tea and Iced Tea?

The difference between sweet tea and iced tea is the additional sugar. Iced tea is simply cold tea served with ice, but the added sugar in the sweet tea makes a stronger tasting and more enjoyable drink (for me anyway!).

I find when the additional sugar really works better with the whiskey. You can of course turn this recipe into a straight peach tea by simply omitting the sugar.

Tips To Make Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

  • Make Ahead – You can make this iced peach tea ahead of time if you are entertaining and want to get organized. The tea is best drunk within 24 hours, but it’s still good for up to 3 days if you keep it covered in the fridge. After three days, I find the flavor starts to get a little strange!
  • Avoid Burning – Bring the water to the boil, but then let it cool for a minute or two before adding it to your teabags.
  • Best Flavor – To achieve the best flavor let your teabags steep in the water for about 15 minutes before removing them and blending in the peaches.

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Easy peach sweet tea recipe that is great for summer sipping or the Kentucky Derby

Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

Julie Blanner
This Spiked Peach Sweet Tea is the most perfect Southern cocktail and it's perfect for your Kentucky Derby party! Spike this classic iced peach tea with whisky for a delicious drink!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 146 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 bags tea
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 standard can of peaches drained
  • whiskey (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Heat water with tea bags according to instructions on tea bags.
  • Add a cup of sugar to a large pourable mixing bowl or pitcher. Pour tea over sugar and stir.
  • Puree peaches in a food processor. {You can substitute peach puree found in a can}
  • Blend peaches with tea. Allow to come to room temperature or transfer to a plastic pitcher and refrigerate or add ice to cool.

Notes

  • Make ahead - best within 24 hours, but keeps 3 days covered in the refrigerator.
  • To get the best flavor, let your teabags steep in the water for about 15 minutes before removing them and blending in the peaches.
  • Be sure to blend your peaches really well so that the combine with the tea easily and there aren't any lumps.

Nutrition

Calories:146kcalCarbohydrates:37gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:17mgPotassium:81mgFiber:1gSugar:37gVitamin A:139IUVitamin C:3mgCalcium:13mgIron:1mg
Keywords peach iced tea, peach sweet tea, Peach sweet tea recipe, spiked sweet tea, whisky sweet tea
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