This year I have the pleasure of two summers. Coming from Bermuda, Zimbabwean summer is mild. The heat in Zimbabwe is dry compared to the humidity in Bermuda. Which I do not miss at all.
I love iced drinks when it’s hot. Especially when I make them at home because it is way cheaper than buying them ready made. Whenever I have iced tea, I think of “Koro” (cool) water. “Koro” water is just water and sugar; I don’t even know if there is a standard recipe for it. When we were in boarding school, whenever we ran out of cordial juice we would make “Koro” water.
This time of the year in Zimbabwe you get a lot of fruits and vegetables compared with the rest of the year. Store-bought or from the tree. Mango trees are starting to produce fruit as well as peach trees.
I made some rooibos ice tea a few years ago and this time I made it with peaches. Everything else is the same except for the syrup I made with peaches. I boiled peaches with sugar and water until they were softened. I then pureed the syrup and mixed with the tea. The longer the tea sits the better
- 2-3 peaches, pitted and skinned
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4 rooibos tea leaves
- 8 cups water
- Boil peaches, sugar and water until the peaches are softened. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Boil water for tea and add the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow to cool.
- Puree the syrup and pour in a jar. Add the tea and refrigerate.
- Serve cold over ice and or peaches. You add basil leaves if you prefer.