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Use fresh peaches in this easy homemade peach lemonade. Sweet and slightly tangy, this is perfect as a summer drink for picnics.
My kids are crazy for juice. We had it quite often when they were younger, but we got away from keeping it on hand because they’d go through it sooooo quickly, choosing to drink it much more than water.
Now that they are older, we’ve been enjoying juices and homemade sweet drinks again. I love serving pretty drinks at parties and summer picnics, and this from scratch peach lemonade is one of the best to make!
Let’s step through all of these points so you get the perfect picnic punch!
This recipe uses fresh peaches and lemons. It is what makes this summer drink so good! You’ll want peel and slice the peaches (discarding the pit). You should have 3 cups of peaches.
You can use frozen peaches in this! Measure out 3 cups of frozen peaches and cook this just like you normally would with fresh peaches.
In addition to the peaches, you can add in different combinations of fruits to this lemonade.
Some suggestions are:
Just boil about 1 cup of the additional berries (or about ½ cup of mint) to the peaches before cooking and keep everything else the same.
It is simple to take this basic recipe and turn it into a popular Starbucks green tea. Simply make green tea in advance and chill it. You should have 6 cups of tea and use it in place of the water in this recipe. Simple as that!
Depending on how sweet your peaches are, it will affect how much sugar you need for this recipe. I usually taste a peach before cooking it to see how sweet it is. If it is at the peak of the season, with super fresh, juicy, and sweet peaches, I will only add ¾ cup of sugar. Anything less than that I will add in 1 cup of sugar.
If it’s an extremely tart peach you may need to add in 1-1 ½ cups sugar. You can always add in sugar at the end if you need it, as well. Just make sure to stir until completely dissolved.
That’s a lot of sugar! Can I use Splenda or monk fruit? Yes! If you are familiar with using these sugar substitutes (and the taste of them) you can use them to cut back on the sugar in this recipe.
You can replace the water for sparkling water (can’t you just imagine this in a beautiful girls brunch baby shower or wedding shower?).
If you decide to use sparkling water, just replace the last 4 cups with seltzer water and very gently mix everything together so that you don’t lose that carbonation. Mix in the sparkling water right before serving.
You’ll find when making this that you’ll end up with peach pulp. We don’t like to waste good fruit! You can discard the pulp if you’d like, or you can add solids into pancakes, muffins or some type of baked good. If you decide to do this, I recommend peeling them before cooking. It doesn’t make huge amount of difference in the long run, but it helps with the texture.
You can store this for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Need a pretty pitcher? This is the one we have.