On a warm day, nothing beats an ice cold glass of lemonade. Especially when it’s a homemade lemonade recipe and it’s blended with sweet summer peach nectar and garnished with refreshing lemon thyme sprigs!
The best part about summer is the incredible ice cold drinks! This homemade peach lemonade recipe is amazing on a hot summer day!
I’m always torn this time of year. A part of me can’t wait for the warmer weather and bright sunshine… and the other part of me, the part that is ALWAYS hot, is praying for the colder weather to hold out a little longer! One thing I can always agree on though, is that even if the temperature is cold, a frosty glass of homemade lemonade still hits the spot like nothing else!
I have a few lemonade recipes here on the blog (I’m partial to these blueberry and raspberry peach versions), but this one is rapidly becoming my favorite! Made simply, with none of the artificial and hard to pronounce ingredients found in most bottled lemonades, it’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LEMONADE
A basic lemonade recipe has three ingredients. Water, sugar, and lemon juice. The secret comes in the combination of the three. Usually I like to make a simple syrup by boiling water and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved, that way there’s zero “grittiness” in the lemonade. This peach lemonade doesn’t call for a syrup, because a lot of you have emailed over the years and said that taking that extra step wasn’t something you liked to do, so I went to work finding ways to get the sugar to fully dissolve in cold liquid.
HOW TO MAKE LEMONADE WITHOUT SUGAR
There are so many sugar substitutes out there today, and each one has a different ratio, so I can’t tell you exactly. My advice would be to look on the sugar substitute packaging for an equivalency to sugar. Essentially how many teaspoons (or other measurement) of the non-sugar does it take to replace traditional sugar in a recipe. Most packages should have that listed somewhere, then you can do the math to determine how much sugar substitute to add.
CAN I MAKE THIS PEACH LEMONADE SPARKLING
Yes, absolutely! Instead of using 4 cups of water, use 3 cups of water and 1 cup of club soda. After you pour the lemonade into the serving glasses, top each glass off with a splash of club soda to make it extra bubbly!
When it comes to serving this lemonade recipe you can use a traditional pitcher of course, but I think it’s really fun for parties to serve it up punch-style! My trusty trifle serving dish works beautifully as a make-shift punch bowl 🙂
If you’re questioning the thyme sprigs in the drink, I promise you it doesn’t taste like thyme. I found some great lemon-thyme at my grocery store (but regular thyme works as well), and it really adds a nice subtle earthy/mint flavor, not to mention a beautiful presentation!
- Trifle Dish – great for punches, party dips and layered desserts!
- Double Old Fashioned Glasses – I love this fun size for party drinks!
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- 4 cups water
- 1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice
- 11 oz can peach nectar
- 1 cup superfine sugar or regular granulated sugar
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme or lemon-thyme
- ice cubes
- lemon slices for garnish
- additional thyme sprigs for garnish
- To a large pitcher or trifle bowl, add water, lemon juice and peach nectar. Add sugar and stir together until sugar dissolves. Stir in thyme sprigs.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve in glasses over ice, with lemon slices and more thyme sprigs if desired.
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