Peach Lemonade

Fresh ripe juicy peaches just scream summer don’t they!?! They are so refreshing even by themselves in this hot hot weather.  I saw this recipe in Cooking Light recently and had it on my calendar to make when peaches came in at their peak.  I then saw it pop up on several sites since then and hesitated to make it.  But I got a bushel of local peaches and was having some ladies over and I just couldn’t resist. This was the perfect combination of sweet and tart and very refreshing! I ending up adding a little more water at the end to make it less concentrated because I don’t like things super tart and it worked perfectly.

Peach Lemonade
Source: Cooking Light June 2012
Serves 8 if using 2/3 cup lemonade per serving

Ingredients:
4 cups water
2 cups coarsely chopped peaches (approx. 3 to 4 peaches)
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of approx. 6 to 8 lemons)
1/4 to 1/2 cup additional water
4 cups ice
1 peach cut into 8 wedges, for garnish

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, add the peaches, water & sugar.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 3 minutes.

Very carefully pour mixture into a blender or food processor and let stand for approximately 20 minutes.

If using a blender, take the center out of the lid and place lid tightly on blender, covering the top with a kitchen towel.  (I used my Ninja and it has a little lid at the top you can open as well). Blend or process until smooth.  Pour into a large container and refrigerate peach puree for approximately 3 hours (or overnight if preparing a day ahead).

After peach puree has chilled, press the mixture through a sieve into a large container, reserving the liquid and discarding the solids.  Pour peach juice into a pitcher and add lemon juice.  Stir until combined. Taste and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to dilute if too concentrated.

Serve by pouring approximately 2/3 cup of peach lemonade in a small glass over approximately 1/2 cup of ice. Garnish with a peach wedge if desired.

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    Comments

    1. I had this bookmarked from Cooking Light magazine as well!! I love peaches so it sounded like a slam dunk to me :)
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    2. that has to be one fantastic drink!!!
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    3. If I can find fresh peaches, I am definitely going to try this!

    4. i remember you commenting on my blog that you had bookmarked to make this soon, too! glad to hear that you made it + it was a huge success. =)
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    5. I also made this recipe and photographed it so I was so excited to hop over and see your pics. I think us food bloggers are weird like that, as in, we like to see other photo interpretations. I have to say this lemonade was awesome and I have made it several times this summer!
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    6. This looks so good and refreshing! I love peaches, they’re just so fresh and juicy in the summertime. What a great porch drink to swing and sip on ;)
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    7. Easy and refreshing drink, and yes,it is a great porch drink as Julie said…:)
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    8. Yum, I love flavored lemonades (just made cherry!) so I’ll have to make this next :)

    9. I MUST make this! I love peaches! Thanks for this recipe!
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    10. Oh YUM! This looks delicious! I just pinned it. :-) Now I just have to wait til peaches come into their prime!
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    11. Kristina says:

      Sounds yummy, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be satisfied with a 2/3 cup serving. I have a peach tree so should have peaches aplenty this summer. Too bad lemon trees don’t grow here.

    12. Rosario says:

      This looks so good! Would it work to substitute agave nectar or honey for the white sugar? If so, how much would be needed?

    13. Jimmy Stansell says:

      This is delicious! I use the peach pulp in yogurt smoothies!

    14. I just made this and it was absolutly wonderful! We had all these peaches that were about to go to waste and I just happened to stumble upon this! Perfect timing! Loved it!

    15. how long can the lemonade last in the fridge?

    16. Heather says:

      Just made this. Its deliCious! But mine is pink instead of orangY yellow.

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