Made with only three ingredients, this peach lemonade is so easy, quick and delicious, it will become your go to drink whenever you’re able to find peaches!
While officially summer is over, the weather is still too hot to bear, especially in some regions, making it perfect for a cool, refreshing lemonade like this delicious, easy and quick peach lemonade!
The heat makes us need to drink more to stay hydrated. I love lemonade and peaches and I’m sure you do, too. While on a diet, try replacing dinner with a fresh lemonade or a fruit smoothie.
We love making many delicious peach recipes, and we just can’t wait for the peach season to begin again. Maybe if we had peaches all year round, like we have apples or grapes, we wouldn’t appreciate them so much to eagerly wait to see them at the fresh market. Being such an amazing twist on plain lemonade, this peach lemonade is an absolute cool-down drink and also great for picnics, so there’s no reason not to try making it.
Peaches are irresistible and it’s best to grow your own in your back yard, but if you don’t have an orchard, supermarket ones are still a great option. They are great to eat raw, in drinks, pies, cobblers and many more, so make sure you buy enough of them.
The best part about this easy peach lemonade recipe is that you only need three easy to find ingredients: lemons, peaches and sugar (quantity may vary depending on the sweetness of the peaches or if you want a less sweet lemonade).
How to make the best lemonade?
- Use only ripe peaches, as those that are not will most probably need more sugar to compensate;
- If you love making many citrus drinks, invest in a high-quality juicer. It will get you freshly squeezed juice in no-time, cutting down the overall preparation time;
- Look for a sieve with the finest mesh and be patient while mashing the boiled peaches, to be able to get the most out of them;
- Garnish with a few fine slices of peach. They look great and are delicious to eat after finishing the lemonade;
- Depending on what you plan on using the remaining peach pulp on, you may choose to peel the peaches or not. If you want to use it as an ice cream topper or in pancakes, I suggest peeling the skin for a smoother texture;
- Besides peaches, you can add to your lemonade any other fruits or ingredients you love: raspberries, strawberries, ginger, mint, soda water. You can even mix in alcohol to turn it into a cocktail. Add gin, tequila or vodka. Just make sure that, in this case, there will be no kids drinking from it.
How to check if peaches are ripe enough?
A ripe peach will have a deep golden/yellow shade. Pale ones are not ripe enough for this lemonade recipe. Very important, give them a firm, but gentle squeeze. If they give a little, they are likely ripe or very close to it and are good for the peach lemonade.
Texture is another great indicator: the skin of a ripe peach will be shriveled around the stem, so look for slightly wrinkled peaches to be sure you choose the best ones. Lastly, the deep, peachy smell will indicate the peach is ripe enough to go right into the pitcher.
I would really love to know your favorite lemonade recipes, or ways to use peaches for that matter. Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!
Peach lemonade recipe
I made my lemonade with fresh peaches from the super market but how to make peach lemonade when we’re out of season? While I recommend using fresh, whole fruits, if you can’t find any, you can still use frozen or canned peaches. Also, if you’re short on time or just want to finish it quickly, lemon concentrate is a great at-hand option. Not as natural tasting though.
- Cut peaches into wedges and peel off.
- Place them in a saucepan, add water and sugar, bring to a boil then simmer for about 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract.
- Strain through a fine sieve, chill the syrup then mix with water and lemon juice. Add ice and peach wedges.
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- 3 large peaches
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 cups water
- juice from 4 lemons
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cut the peaches into wedges and remove the peel
- Place the wedges in a saucepan, with sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes or until peaches are slightly soft.
- Add vanilla and stir.
- Strain through a fine sieve and cool the syrup.
- In a pitcher, mix the syrup with 2 cups water and the lemon juice.
- Add ice or chill in the fridge. Decorate with peaches and lemon slices.