Minty Peach Tea Punch is a festive, sparkling beverage of mint-infused tea mixed with fresh peach nectar, simple syrup, ginger ale, and club soda, perfect for spring or summer showers, barbecues, and parties!
Well, we made it folks…the last day of school is upon us! I’m still not sure how or when that happened, but rather than puzzling over the warp-speed passage of time, I suppose I should just be thankful for the fact that after tomorrow, we can enjoy the next few months of no homework to groan about or lunches to pack or early alarms to inadvertently snooze through. And after our crazy whirlwind summer last year (lest you’ve forgotten: packing, moving, re-modeling, unpacking, plus a trip to visit family in Germany, thrown in for good measure), I’m looking forward to a low-key summer in lieu of a crazy/busy/stressful one. So I do believe it’s time to prop up our feet and toast summer vacation with an ice-cold glass of Minty Peach Tea Punch!
I have been meaning to share this recipe with y’all for several years now, pretty much since I first started this blog. But for one reason or another, I never seemed to get around to doing so…until now. Lucky, lucky you! Because this punch is nothing short of fabulous, friends.
I was first introduced to this delightful beverage back when I was a first grade teacher. I worked at a school where the PTO took very good care of us and treated the teachers and staff to special meals and celebrations multiple times per year. And it was at one of these fancy, parent-provided luncheons that I first tasted Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch. It. Was. Delicious. Like drink-so-many-glasses-you-might-just-give-yourself-a-stomachache delicious. A short time later, I was gifted a cookbook published by The Junior League of Austin that included the recipe which, as its title suggests, originated at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
Since then, I think I’ve made this punch for every bridal shower and baby shower I’ve ever hosted, not to mention a few engagement and birthday parties, to boot. And at every occasion, guests guzzle it down and I invariably get asked for the recipe, which I am always happy to share.
That being said, the original recipe calls for bottled peach nectar and frozen lemonade concentrate, which can be difficult (if not impossible) to find without containing high-fructose corn syrup. So I decided to try my own spin on the recipe, taking advantage of summertime’s sweet, juicy peaches plus a splash of fresh-squeezed lemon juice. And I made sure to buy an all-natural ginger ale to avoid potential HFCS there as well.
The results did not disappoint. The base of this punch is tea, but it doesn’t end up tasting overly tea-like…instead, it boasts a distinct hint of mint (which is why I decided to add that adjective to the recipe title) with a nice undertone of peach. The lemon juice adds brightness, but not in a quantity to be detectable. Like all good party punches, this one is sweet, though its sweetness can be tweaked depending on how much simple syrup and/or club soda you decide to add. It’s also fizzy, with some nice sparkling action contributed by ginger ale and club soda. Just be sure to add those two ingredients right before serving to preserve the bubbles!
While this Minty Peach Tea Punch screams summer to me, it’s actually good enough to drink year-round. So in the event that fresh peaches aren’t available, you can go ahead and substitute store-bought peach nectar…just try to find one with all-natural ingredients. I still think I’d forgo the frozen lemonade concentrate (because I’ve never been able to find a brand with all-natural ingredients), sticking with a bit of fresh lemon juice instead.
Also — just in case you’re wondering — for an adults-only version, a little birdie told me that this punch is also yummy enhanced with a little vodka. 😉
One last thing and I’ll stop yammering. This recipe makes a big batch, so for a party, I make the full recipe. But if I’m whipping it up for a smaller get-together or for my family to enjoy at home, I cut the recipe in half. This is because, in the event of leftovers, the ginger ale and club soda lose their fizz by the second day and the punch ends up tasting a little flat. It can be refreshed by pouring a splash of fresh ginger ale or club soda directly into your glass, and it will still be tasty. However, this recipe is best enjoyed on the day it’s made…so don’t go tripling the batch if you think there will be a ton left over.
So who’s excited about the arrival of summer? Well, what say we celebrate peach season and the end of a another successful school year with a pitcher of refreshing Minty Peach Tea Punch! In fact, you should enjoy it all summer long. As a bonus, you’ll know it’s high time for the kids to head back to school when you find yourself slipping vodka in your punch glass… 😉
Adapted from Austin Entertains (*affiliate link)
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