Bonjour de Bruxelles! Brussels is the last stop on my fellowship before it all comes to an end on Saturday. Looking back, I can confidently say that I’ll be leaving a more educated journalist, a better citizen of this great big planet of ours, and so very happy to return to a country where water is most commonly served still, not sparkling.
I’m a bit of a carbonationphobe and too many times on this trip did I make the mistake of confusing “Classic” and “Naturelle.” You’d think they would mean the same thing, and yet one comes with stingy bubbles and the other doesn’t. Still, phobia aside, I’ve found myself tolerating the sparkling stuff a little more, which brings me to today’s Thirsty Thursday post. Sometimes a fizzy drink is so refreshing and delicious that even I can’t help but waiver from my anti-bubbles stance. This green tea peach soda with its sparkling peach water, my beloved green tea, honey, peach slices and mint, is exactly one of those rule-bending beverages that you just have to try and make for yourself.
You’ll need: water, green tea bags, honey, peach-flavored sparkling water, peach or nectarine slices, mint leaves and ice.
The first step is pretty self-explanatory, but let me explain it anyway. Start by steeping green tea bags in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes. Next, remove the tea bags, cover the tea with saran wrap and let it chill in the fridge.
It helps to brew the tea in a measuring cup to make the pouring stage that much easier.
Once chilled, mix in the honey.
Now comes the fun part where we put this masterpiece together.
Prepare 8 12-ounce glasses by dropping peach slices into each glass. How much or little peach you want to use for this is entirely up to you.
Divide the green tea and honey mixture among the glasses.
Next, fill each glass with peach-flavored sparkling water.
Top each glass with mint leaves and add ice if desired. Give things a quick stir.
How gorgeous and tasty does that look?
If you’d like, you can skip the individual glass preparation and throw all of the ingredients together in one big pitcher and let your guests do the pouring. Personally, I like the idea of having these drinks ready and waiting. They’re just such a welcome sight.
Either way, this makes for the perfect backyard barbecue or, in my case, rooftop beverage. It has all the taste and look of a fancy drink without any of the work. Plus, it completely defies my dislike of sparkling beverages. It’s that good. Cheers!
- 4 cups boiling water
- 8 bags green tea
- 3 tablespoons honey
- peaches or nectarines, sliced
- 1 liter peach flavored sparkling water
- Mint leaves
- ice cubes, optional
- Steep green tea bags in boiling water and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove tea bags, then cover and chill brewed tea.
- When ready to serve, mix honey into chilled tea.
- Prepare 8 12-ounce glasses by dropping peach slices into each glass.
- Pour green tea honey mixture into glasses.
- Fill with sparkling peach soda.
- Top each glass with mint leaves.
- Add ice cubes if desired.
- Makes 8 glasses of green tea peach soda