Homemade Peach Lemonade is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. This ice-cold peach lemonade is so refreshing. Make a perfect summer cocktail by adding a little bourbon or vodka to it.
We love all things peach at our house. Summertime is peach season here in the south! We love to get fresh peaches from South Carolina in the summer.
We recently bought a bunch of peaches that were not quite ripe enough to eat. We left them for two days and then they pulled on avocado on us and they went from not ripe at all to too ripe.
I wasn't totally thrilled to eat some mushy peaches, but I knew I could use them for something.
Wow! This peach lemonade recipe was a great idea. It is so good! I brought it to a friend's housewarming party with a bottle of vodka to make a peach lemonade vodka cocktail with it and a friend that was there said that it tasted like a melted popsicle.
Homemade lemonade requires a few steps, but it is so worth it.
Roughly chop 2 - 3 peaches into cubes. The size isn't too important for this - some 1 - 2-inch chunks will work.
Add 2 1/2 (two and a half ) cups of water, 3/4 (three quarters) of a cup of sugar, the zest of one lemon, and half of your lemon juice to a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 - 7 minutes. You want your peaches to be squishy and the peach skin should start peeling off.
Using a colander, strain over a bowl and mash up your peaches to get all the yummy goodness out of the peaches. When I say mash, I mean squish them to a mashed mess.
Once your peaches have been annihilated, discard the peaches (or save for something else!) and add your remaining lemon juice and remaining two and a half cups of cold water to your mixture.
Mix well, then strain a second time through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the pulp (you can keep the pulp if you are a pulp fan!)
Taste test your lemonade and adjust based on your taste:
If it is too tart, add a little more sugar and stir until dissolved.
If it is too sweet, add more water.
Serve your peach lemonade over ice. Garnish with lemon slices, peach slices, or even fresh mint! Do NOT leave floating lemon slices in your lemonade long term - the peel will cause your lemonade to get a bitter taste.
How Do You Make a Peach Lemonade Cocktail?
This is seriously the perfect summertime alcoholic drink. Mix your peach lemonade with vodka! Served at a party, I left the option up to guests to mix in their own amount of alcohol - 1 part vodka to 3 parts lemonade is a good starting point. Add more as needed. (I have also made this with bourbon, and WOW, it is good.) Be careful if you make this drink - you can't taste the alcohol so you can easily over-do it 😉
You can keep your peach lemonade in a closed container - such as a mason jar - in the refrigerator for a week. I would suggest drinking it fresh and keeping it cold. It is so good!
Homemade Peach Lemonade
- Medium saucepan
- Large bowl
- Potato masher (optional)
- 3 - 4 peaches, cubed
- 3/4 cup lemon juice divide into two parts
- 1 lemon, zested
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 5 cups water divide into two parts
- fresh mint optional garnish
- Chop up your peaches into 1 to 2 inch cubes and zest one lemon.
- Add peaches, lemon zest, 3/4 cup of sugar, half of your lemon juice and half of your water to your medium saucepan and bring to a boil. I received a Le Creuset pot for Christmas and I am obsessed.
- Boil your peaches for 5 - 7 minutes, until the peaches are soft and the skin starts to peel off.
- Strain your mixture into a large bowl using a colander. I use a stainless-steel colander because it is sturdy enough for the next step, squishing the peaches.
- Next, squish your peaches into oblivion with a potato masher or a fork.
- Once your peaches are devoid of their juices, wipe the bottom off the colander into your bowl. Add the rest of your water and lemon juice to the bowl.
- Strain mixture again through your colander or a fine mesh strainer if you do not like a lot of pulp.
- Taste your lemonade. If it is too sweet, add a little more water. If it is too tart, add a little more sugar and mix well.
- Allow to chill for an hour or serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices or fresh mint, but do not leave lemon slices in your lemonade for a long time because they will leave a bitter taste over time.