Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

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Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

I first came across this idea when I was in Bali and visiting a cafe in Ubud called Milk and Madu. They had a refreshing sounding sorbet iced tea on the menu and I had to order it. It was such a simple idea-cool down the tea and replace the idea with a fruity, sweet scoop or two of sorbet. It was absolutely delicious and I knew that when I came back I'd have to make it on one of those sweltering hot days. We've had no shortage of those this summer.

It has been such a crazy summer so far with all of the bushfires burning in areas across Australia. Many people overseas have asked how we are faring as the fires have gotten so much coverage (along with our holidaying PM who must have either the worst advisors or the poorest judgement). I don't really know how to adequately describe it.

Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

I can't imagine how hard it is to live in the areas affected and not know if your home or town will escape unscathed. In the city while we aren't under immediate threat we have a permanent reminder of what is happening through a smoky haze. It serves as a constant reminder of our brothers and sisters in the regional areas affected.

For overseas readers, just to give a comparison, the 2019 Amazon fires destroyed 906,000 hectares (2,240,000 acres) of forest biome. The 2018 Californian fires destroyed 766,439 hectares (or 1.9 million acres) of land while these 2019 Australian fires have destroyed 5 million hectares (or 12.35 million acres) so far and we aren't even done yet with bushfire season.

19 people and an estimated 500 million animals have died just in this bushfire season alone. The sky is bright red and snowcaps in New Zealand across the Tasman are covered in a brown dust. Photographs taken this past summer all have a yellow haze to them to give us a permanent memory of this awful summer. While we always hope for rain, we need so much more now.

So tell me Dear Reader, have you been affected by the fires? And do you believe in climate change?

How to help: please consider donating to the RFS (Rural Fire Service) who are doing so much to keep many safe. Some of their firefighters have paid the ultimate price with their lives and yet they still go out there every day. Also, if you're near a local fire station, they need supplies even down to packaged food and drink (food safety prevents them from accepting home made food). If you want to donate physical items, Givit is collecting these with a list of items that are needed.

Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

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Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 15 minutes plus steeping/cooling/freezing time

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Makes 6 cups of iced tea

For Sorbet

  • 6 yellow peaches, skinned and cut into segments
  • 1 cup caster or superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For Iced tea

  • 1.5 litres/6 cups hot/cold water (I like to steep the tea in 3 cups of hot water and then top with 3 cups of cold water)
  • 6 tea bags of your favourite fruit tea, green tea or white tea

Peach Sorbet Iced Tea

Step 1 - Make the sorbet first. Semi freeze the peaches if you have time for 2 hours in the freezer. Then blend with the sugar and lemon juice and taste for sweetness. Place in a freezer proof container to freeze for 6 hours or overnight. Tip: sorbet is great made with the bags of frozen fruit. About 20-30 minutes before you want to scoop it, take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge.

Step 2 - Steep the tea bags in the hot water. I don't sweeten the tea because the sorbet is sweet but go ahead and sweeten it with sugar if you like a super sweet tea. Top up with the cold water.

Peach Sorbet Iced Tea