This quick and easy fresh peach lemonade recipe is less than 5 ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to make! You can use fresh or frozen peaches for this delicious summer recipe that swirls peach puree into freshly-squeezed lemonade.
About the recipe
This past weekend, I found myself with just two remaining peaches from my prized purchase of late summer, freestone peaches from The Peach Truck. I REALLY wanted to make something fun with them, take pictures, and preserve the memory of all their sweet, juicy perfection until next year.
Cue the oppressive heat that has plagued our town in middle TN this summer, a day or pressing work in the yard, and a bowl of exactly 8 lemons sitting in my kitchen, and this fresh peach lemonade was born.
In my opinion, the best lemonade is the kind that has a little bit of lemon pulp in it. You know, Chick Fil A-style. I think it adds a little texture and interest to the drink. Add a fruity mix like fresh peach puree to swirl in and you've got it made in the shade!
This simple lemonade recipe uses REAL lemons that are freshly squeezed into juice, filtered water, sugar or Splenda (I have options for both), and juicy ripe peaches to make a cup of pure sunshine that I know you will find irresistible. So let's make some lemonade!
- 6-8 lemons
- Filtered water
- Pure cane sugar or Splenda (sucralose)
- 2 medium peaches
Making peach lemonade from scratch is as simple as juicing some lemons and blending up some peaches in a blender. You can do it under 10 minutes!
Step 1: Juice the lemons. Since I like some pulp in my lemonade, I prefer to use a lemon squeezer that catches some juice and pulp in the bottom compartment.
Step 2: Add filtered water and sweetener to the lemon juice. Filtered water makes lemonade with a clean and pure flavor. I like to use a 2:1 ratio of water to lemon juice for lemonade that is a bit on the strong side - this way, I can dilute it with ice in my cup or in a serving pitcher.
Sweetener is added to taste, starting with 1 cup of pure cane sugar or a calorie-free sweetener (I prefer Splenda/sucralose) and whisking that in until dissolved.
Step 3: Blend the peaches in a blender with 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and ¼ cup of sugar until smooth puree forms.
Step 4: Serve the lemonade over ice, and stir in 2-3 tablespoons of the peach puree. Garnish with a fresh slice of peach and a sprig of mint!
Make it ahead of time - You can make the lemonade and peach puree up to 1 day in advance of serving. Both will stay fairly fresh in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Be choosy with your lemons - Chick Fil A exclusively uses Sunkist lemons for their freshly-squeezed lemonade, and they are definitely onto something! Sunkist lemons are available year-round and include the Eureka and Lisbon varieties, both of which have a floral and full-bodied lemon flavor.
Sweeten with unbleached, pure cane sugar - this type of sugar has a depth of flavor with caramel-like notes, which I think balances the acidity of lemons so nicely. You could also try sweetening with coconut sugar ground to a superfine powder in a food processor or blender.
Make a mixed citrus lemonade - substitute half of the lemon juice with Meyer lemons for orange flavor notes or use half lemon, half lime juice for an interesting twist!
Make jalapeno peach lemonade: muddle 2-3 slices of fresh jalapeno in the bottom of your glass with 2-3 tablespoons of peach puree. Add the ice and lemonade, give it a good shake or stir, and you are ready to sip!
Make basil or mint peach lemonade: muddle 1-2 tablespoons of freshly-chopped basil or mint to the bottom of your glass with 2-3 tablespoons of the peach puree. Add the ice and lemonade, then stir or shake before serving.
Make diabetic-friendly lemonade - at my house, we make all of our sweetened-beverages (like tea and lemonade) with Splenda/sucralose. By doing this, we can sweeten without adding calories, and the drinks are suitable for our diabetic friends to enjoy.
As a registered dietitian, I have read LOTS of research on sucralose, and am comfortable using small amounts occasionally for the sole purpose of sweetening beverages. Moderation is key!
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Fresh Peach Lemonade
- 1 ½ cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons), plus 2 tablespoons
- 3 cups cold, filtered water
- 1 ¼ cup pure cane sugar or Splenda, divided
- 2 medium peaches, pitted, unpeeled, and sliced (or 1 ½ cups of frozen peaches)
- Combine the lemon juice, water, and 1 cup of sugar or Splenda. Whisk until the sweetener dissolves. Sweeten to taste as needed. Chill until ready to serve.
- Combine the sliced peaches, ¼ cup of sugar or Splenda, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice in a blender. Blend until a smooth puree forms. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Pour lemonade over a cup of ice. Stir in 1-2 tablesoons of the peach puree until well combined. Enjoy!