Fresh Peach Margaritas and Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Peaches and limes

Dicing Peaches

Peach Simple Syrup

I have just recently discovered the wonders of homemade margaritas, starting with these Ginger Beer Margaritas earlier this summer. I have always been a fan of the refreshing, tart lime flavor of a good margarita, but only this summer did I actually make them at home. What a difference it makes to have fresh squeezed lime juice and good quality Tequila! I have no idea why I waited so long to try these out. Of course, a bottle of good-quality Tequila is a bit eye-wateringly expensive, but it is definitely worth the investment and has lasted us the whole summer.

I recently had a surplus of almost-overipe peaches on hand and wanted a quick way to use them up. I decided to try making a peach flavored simple syrup and use it to make margaritas. They were so perfectly summery; sweet, tart and just a bit peachy. I used the extra syrup to make sparkling lemonade so the kids could have a refreshing drink too. The lemonade was a hit with all of us and I will definitely be making a second pitcher this week. The fresh peaches add so much natural sweetness and a gave the lemonade a lovely pink hue.

Fresh Peach Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled, diced peaches
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Turn down the heat and boil, stirring frequently, until peaches are softened and sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes.
  2. Cover pan and let syrup cool for several minutes. Pour the cooled syrup into a blender and make sure blender is vented. (Some blenders have a vented lid for processing hot liquids, others have a removable section of the lid which then needs to be covered with a clean towel to prevent splattering.) Blend peach mixture until smooth and no peach chunks remain, this should only take a few seconds. Strain the peach mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
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Fresh Peach Margarita

Fresh Peach Margarita

Fresh Peach Margaritas

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Peach Simple Syrup (recipe above)

2 ounces lime juice

2 ounces Tequila

Ice

Sparkling water

Lime slice for garnish (optional)

 

Add the syrup, lime juice and Tequila to a cocktail shaker (I use a canning jar with the lid on). Shake well for 20 seconds or so. Strain drink into an ice-filled glass and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with lime slice if desired.

 

Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Makes pitcher of about 10 cups

Ingredients:

1 recipe Peach Simple Syrup (see recipe above)

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 -8 cups sparkling water

 

Pour the Peach Simple Syrup into a large pitcher and add the lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Top with sparkling water until desired sweetness and flavor is achieved.

 

 

 

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