What says refreshment more than an ice-cold beer or a glass of iced tea? How about a chilly glass of peach tea ale! Last weekend, Mr. Smith and I visited a local taphouse where I had my first taste of a beer that (gasp!) I actually liked. Beer just isn’t my thing…but a tart, summery beer mixed with peach tea lemonade? Yes please! I liked the drinky so much, Mr. Smith wound up having to order another beer.
Here’s how you can create a batch of peach tea ale for you and a friend in under 30 seconds…
Peach Tea Ale
You guys are in luck. I originally planned to make peach iced tea from delicately steeped black tea and homemade peach syrup, but screw it! It’s hot out there and mama deserves a shortcut!
So do yourself a favor and pick up either a.) a bottle of sweetened peach iced tea or b.) a container of powdered peach iced tea mix.
In a small pitcher, add:
- 1-1/2 tablespoons peach iced tea mix
- 8 ounces ice-cold filtered water
- juice of one large lemon, chilled
Cook’s Note: If using bottled tea, replace the powder and water with 8 ounces of tea.
Swirl or stir until powder is completely dissolved.
Next, slowly pour in a 12-ounce bottle of ice-cold tart, light beer. To avoid creating an overly-foamy head, tilt the pitcher and slowly pour beer in.
The peach tea ale we had at the taphouse was prepared with Dogfish Head Festina Peche. Unfortunately, the grocery store didn’t carry that variety, and I wasn’t about to go on a wild goose chase. (However, if I happen upon some later, I’m definitely grabbing it!)
Instead, I selected Shiner Ruby Redbird. It’s also a tart, light beer with ruby red grapefruit and hints of ginger which pair nicely with peach.
Next, toss in a couple slices of frozen or fresh peaches, pour the peach tea ale into a couple of glasses, add a slice of lemon and serve!
At this point you are probably thinking one of two things:
- I must have this! or
- Only amateurs pour iced tea and lemon juice into their beer.
To the second person I’d say, “Does this mean I can have your serving?”
What’s your favorite summer ale?
Here are even more delicious beverages to try this weekend!