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Homemade Peach Lemonade

August 12, 2019 (Last Updated: August 13, 2019)
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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.

Peach lemonade with ice in a square glass and two peach on a rainbow placemat.

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 friends 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. Even Michael enjoyed it!

Two mason jars full of peach lemonade.

Homemade lemonade requires a few steps, but it is so worth it.

How Do You Make Peach Lemonade?

Roughly chop 2 – 3 peaches into cubes. The size isn’t too important for this – some 1 – 2-inch chunks will work.

Chopped peaches in a white bowl on a rainbow placemat and marble countertop.

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.

Ingredients for peach lemonade on a marble countertop.

Chopped peaches and sugar in a white pot.

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.

Chopped peaches and sugar boiling in a white pot.

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.

Cooked peaches being mashed in a strainer.

Cooked peaches being mashed in a strainer.

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.

Peach lemonade being mixed with water in a green bowl.

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!)

Peach lemonade with ice in a square glass and two peach on a rainbow placemat.

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.

Peach lemonade with ice in a square glass and two peach on a rainbow placemat.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

How Long Does Peach Lemonade Keep?

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!

Peach lemonade with ice in a square glass and two peach on a rainbow placemat.

Homemade Peach Lemonade

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.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemonade, party, peach, southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 172kcal

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • Potato masher (optional)

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

To make a peach lemonade cocktail, mix 1 part vodka or bourbon with 2 parts lemonade. Add more alcohol if you prefer, but be careful as this lemonade cocktail will sneak up on you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 571IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Colleen | Bakes & Blunders
    August 13, 2019 at 7:44 am

    This sounds amazing! Such a great way to use up fruit that’s about to turn.

  • Reply
    Erika
    August 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I love peach season, and I could drink a ton of this lemonade. So good!

  • Reply
    Morgan
    August 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Oh, I need to try this! It looks so refreshing and perfect for these 90 degree days!

  • Reply
    Michele
    August 15, 2019 at 10:10 am

    This sounds so good! We also love peach season, so this would be right up our alley!

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