I’m no stranger to homemade summer drinks. We are not soda drinkers and, besides water, our drinks of choice are coffee and potent potables. So when the opportunity arises (ahem, summer), I love making fruity drinks that we can share when friends come over for cookouts. My childhood drinks of choice were anything that came in a pouch with a straw and Kool-Aid. So homemade drinks are sort of my grown-up, tastier versions of those.
Fruit + citrus is pretty much a given successful combo for summertime drinks, and this lemonade is no different. I do love my vanilla bean lemonade, but it’s always nice to have a few drink options for this time of year. This version uses peach infused simple syrup, and it gives the lemonade a beautiful peachy hue and a big boost of peach flavor. Like I did with this peach Old Fashioned, I added mint leaves because I love the way they taste with peaches. Of course, if you want to add some bourbon to this, I won’t judge you.
- YIELD: 8 drinks
4 cups water
2 cups coarsely chopped peaches
¾ cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 peach, pitted and cut into 8 wedges
Mint leaves, optional
This recipe is easily doubled, and I recommend doing so to serve a crowd.
Combine the peaches, sugar and water in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.
Allow peach mixture to cool slightly, then use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Alternately, you can place the peach mixture in a blender, using a kitchen towel to cover the center of the blender lid, and blend that way. Refrigerate the peach mixture for at least 3 hours.
Once the peach mixture has cooled, press it through a fine mesh strainer set over a pitcher. Discard solids. Stir in lemon juice. Serve over ice, stirring in bourbon as wanted and using a peach wedge and mint leaves to garnish each glass, if desired.