Sunday, May 11, 2014

Barefoot Peach Lemonade

If you Google "recipe peach lemon", you get lots of hits for Peach Lemonade. Some recipes have complicated steps, others have a loads of sugar. We found a simple recipe and modified it for our own super-sweet, freshly picked peaches.

Barefoot Peach Lemonade

In a medium saucepan, stir together 2 c. water and 1/2 c. sugar*. Add 2 large peaches sliced and mash everything together with a potato masher. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until peaches are tender, about 5-6 minutes.

Cool, then strain the peach juices into a bowl. Save the peach pulp for another use (pie, muffins, etc.).

When the peach juice is cooled, pour it into a large pitcher and add 3/4 c. lemon juice and 1 more c. of water*. Stir and serve over ice in a tall glass.

(Makes four 8-oz servings)

Adult beverage option:
  1 part Peach Lemonade and 1 part Moscato or other sparkling wine.

We made a number of modifications to the original online recipe (besides the Moscato):
-- The original recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar. Our peaches were already very sweet, so we cut the sugar in half and let the peach flavor stand out.
-- We reduced the amount of water added in the final step, from 2 cups to 1 cup. You can always add more water if you want depending on your peaches, lemons, and personal taste.

"Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it."
~ Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple)

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