As much as I LOVE LEMONS….fresh peaches give lemons a run for their money in the summertime! When we make homemade ice cream it’s almost ALWAYS with peaches! Mmm mmm mmm!
I can honestly say I’d never even heard of Peach LEMONADE until I ran across this recipe from Cooking Light. Of course I was immediately captivated with the idea and even though peaches aren’t exactly at their peak right now, I had to make some. As a matter of fact, I was so excited to make it that I completely mixed up the directions! lol. Luckily, it didn’t matter! It still tasted great and I actually think it was a little bit easier overall doing it MY way. :-)
So here is MY version of Fresh Peach Lemonade adapted from Cooking Light.
Adapted from Cooking Light June 2012
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
Put chopped peaches in the blender and process until smooth. (For some reason I thought I needed to peel them first, but you really don’t because you are going to be straining the pulp later.)
In a medium saucepan, add the pureed peaches, water & sugar. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 – 3 minutes then turn off the heat. Allow to cool for a few minutes and then pour into a container and refrigerate for approximately 3 hours (or overnight).
I know it might surprise you (haha!) but I couldn’t wait that long…so I just went on to the next step. After the peach puree has chilled (or not), pour the mixture through a sieve into a pitcher, discarding the solids.
Add lemon juice. Stir until combined. Add additional water to taste. I liked mine just the way it was…perfect sweetness and tartness blend!
Serve by pouring over ice. Garnish with a peach wedge if desired (or a lemon wedge if you forgot to save any peaches.) :-/ I hope you enjoy this twist on the classic summer refresher! I know I did!