This summer I’ve been obsessed with making homemade lemonade. It’s so yummy. And so easy! And it looks great in those dollar pint bottles from Target with the colored caps. You know, because I need an excuse to buy more of those. But at least a few of them has been given away as gifts filled with lemonade. It feels fancy. And if there’s one thing I love to do, it’s pretending to be fancy.
My favorite has been to make peach lemonade using a peach simply syrup with frozen sliced peaches instead of ice cubes. We’ve put several pounds of our delicious peaches to good use this way.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 peaches, sliced (fresh or frozen after thawed)
- 2 cups lemon juice
- water or club soda to make 1 gallon
- frozen peach slices, for garnish
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over medium heat. Add peaches and stir well. Once the sugar is dissolved, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes to cook down. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain peaches from syrup and save for later.* (Apparently you shouldn’t leave them in the syrup or your container could explode. Yikes.). Once syrup is completely cooled, add lemon juice and syrup to a one gallon pitcher and add cold water to fill it the rest of the way. (Use club soda to make a fizzy lemonade that is sure to please.) Stir to combine. Refrigerate for 2 hours to chill completely. Serve with sliced peaches instead of ice cubes for yumminess and prettiness.
*Save your strained peaches to serve over pancakes or ice cream. Or eat by the spoonful.
There you have it. Peach lemonade for a fancy summer occasion, like having family friends over so the kids can play in the inflatable pool while the grownups talk.