There’s Something About This Epic Peach Iced Tea

Looking for a quick refresher? Look no further. The basic ratio you’ll need to make the peach syrup is 2 peaches (peel and seed included) to 1 sugar and 1 water. So, you would use same amount of weight in grams of sugar and water as you would two peaches. Start by washing the peaches well with water. Then, cut them into pieces.

Put all the ingredients in a pot and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for each of peach used. Next, bring it to a boil on medium heat. Once boiled, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15min. Smash peaches with a fork and boil for another 10 minutes. Strain the syrup and let it cool down. You now have peach syrup that is ready to be used. You can try combining it with your sencha to make an iced peach sencha tea.

Do I Have to Drink It Iced?

Not at all. In fact, Ayurveda, which is an ancient medical system that is still practiced today, generally recommends against iced drinks. Lauren Gernady from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, explains why consuming iced drinks in general probably isn’t the best for us. She says that, “Consuming ice water dampens the digestive fire, or agni. Agni’s job is to process everything you take in through the senses—and that includes food and beverages.”1 In Ayurveda, agni can be understood as the digestive fire. Drinking iced water can impair our agni, dampening our digestive strength which in turn leads to diseases. We can probably extrapolate this to iced tea and other iced drinks.

Lauren goes on to say that, “Hot water increases the digestive fire (like increases like), resulting in a better breakdown and assimilation of everything we consume.” If you think about it, it makes sense. If the body was already at a certain temperature, drinking ice water would lower the temperature of our body and it would have to work harder to restore balance to the system.

If you have a habit of drinking iced drinks and wanted to make a change, you can start by weening yourself off bit by bit. It is always possible to enjoy your peach iced tea without the ice and simply have it at room temperature. It sounds like that might even serve our body’s better.

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  1. Gernady, L. (n.d.). To Ice or Not to Ice? The Ayurvedic Question. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Retrieved July 3, 2024, from ↩︎