Nectarine and Basil Thirst Quencher

Nectarines are one of my favorite summer fruits and I am always looking for ways to incorporate this perfect summer flavor into more of what I eat and drink.  Nectarines and basil are a lovely pairing the spicy anise flavor melds perfectly with the perfume sweet nectarine flavor.  This iced tea is the perfect remedy for my craving and for quenching my thirst!


½  cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
2 nectarines, pitted and sliced
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 darjeeling tea bags


In a medium saucepan combine the basil,  nectarines, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 10 more minutes or until the mixture is slightly darker and clearly infused. Leave the mixture unstrained however you can strain the mixture if desired. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water!