Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade

As long as there are peaches to be had, you can be sure we’ve got a basket ripening on the counter for salads, cobblers, and juicy snacks.

They are Noah’s absolute favourite fruit, which is why it made sense to feature them in a honey-sweetened lemonade for his recent birthday party. We celebrated Noah’s ninth birthday on Sunday – which is just mind-boggling because didn’t I just make this robot cake for his seventh? And his third doesn’t seem all that long ago, come to think of it.

Perhaps I’ll post a few more photos from the party later in the week, but this recipe for peach lemonade had to be shared as soon as possible. Hopefully you haven’t moved onto apples and pumpkin just yet; there’s plenty of time for that later in the fall.

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I was channeling summer for Noah’s birthday party, and fortunately the weather played along.. I know I’ve already admitted to comfort food cravings, but I felt the need for one last sunny celebration, with sticky barbecued wings, homemade old fashioned ice cream, oodles of buttered corn and salads, and of course, lemonade.

We had it all, but the peachy drink was the first to go, slurped back while we watched the kids bob for apples and race to eat a doughnut off a string. It’s a lot harder than it looks, especially since you can’t use your hands and they tend to swing around…and around.

doughnut party game

Lemonade has always been my boy’s number 1 request for birthday sips; it’s always made from scratch and lemon’s aren’t exactly local, so it’s a special treat.

In this pretty bright orange version, a honey simple syrup is infused with sweet Ontario peaches, and then married with tart lemon zest and juice. Fruity and light, thirst-quenching and utterly delicious, this vibrant drink that is the perfect finish to summer.

Noah declared it the best thing he tasted all day and admitted to downing four glasses over the afternoon. That left me feeling better about my decision to leave out the usual white sugar and swap in honey instead.

My only regret? Not making twice as much.

Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade | Simple Bites #recipe #drinks #eatseasonal

Honey-Sweetened Peach Lemonade
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Fruity and light, thirst-quenching and utterly delicious, this vibrant drink that is the perfect finish to summer.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups liquid honey
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups chopped peaches (about 8 medium)
  • zest of 4 lemons
  • 1 cup lemon juice, about 4 large
  • 4 cups ice
  • thinly sliced lemons and peaches for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine honey and water together in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Stir until honey is dissolved.
  2. Add chopped peaches and lemon zest. Simmer on med-low for five minutes, then turn off heat.
  3. Allow infusion to cool completely, then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher or jar.
  4. Stir lemon juice into the peach simple syrup; this is your lemonade concentrate. Chill until ready to serve.
  5. To serve: mix peach lemonade concentrate with water to taste (I prefer mine on the lighter side). Pour into a serving pitcher or jar and top up with ice. Add a garnish of thinly sliced lemons and peaches. Serve at once.

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#EatSeasonal

It’s a new month! Which means there’s an even wider selection of seasonal produce. Becky over at Vintage Mixer has your September guide; below is round-up of posts from our group of food bloggers:

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from Completely Delicious

Green Onion & Chive Yogurt Dip from Project Domestication

Crispy Eggplant Tacos with Cilantro Sauce from Mountain Mama Cooks

Pumpkin Cake and Semifreddo Push Pops from My Name is Yeh

Quinoa Pizza with Stone Fruit, Chiles, and Queso Fresco from Café Johnsonia

Coconut Macaroon Filled Peaches from Vintage Mixer

Baked Ziti with Roasted Eggplant and Peppers from Kitchen Confidante

Best Ever Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Lauren’s Latest

Roasted Grape Crostini with Brie and Thyme from Cookie & Kate

How to Make Salsa Verde from Foodie Crush

Thai-Glazed Skillet Corn with Cotija Cheese from Climbing Grier Mountain

Follow the #eatseasonal hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to discover more seasonal eats.  
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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée’s preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars – Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. I love peaches and the idea of drinking it in a lemonade makes me smile. Now I really want to make this! Thanks for the idea.

  2. This looks so refreshing! And with peaches in season, it’s perfect for this lemonade!

  3. That Noah has great taste in drinks… I could go for a glass of this right now! Happy Birthday to him…the years definitely do go by quickly.

  4. I have to admit that I was lucky enough to be there, and this was the BEST! Aimee did a great job on this , but just didn’t make enough!

  5. My daughter is going to love this. Every time we go out, she orders peach lemonade.

  6. Yummm!! I can’t help but fall in love with this seasons extra sweet peaches 🙂

  7. Gorgeous, and I love the doughnut on a string! It looks like he had a wonderful birthday party.

  8. Oh my goodness… what a delicious twist on lemonade! And such lovely photography 🙂 Looks like a perfect birthday celebration!

  9. What a peachy way to toast your little man’s 9th birthday! Sorry, couldn’t resist! In all seriousness, though, this is a beautiful drink, for both little ones and grown ups. I’m holding on to summer for as long a I can, it will be sad when the peaches are long gone.

  10. This looks so refreshing! I LOVE the flavors – honey-sweetened is so much better than just regular simple syrup! Your backyard is SO pretty!!

  11. Simply beautiful!!!

  12. Love this peach lemonade & that fun looking party too!

  13. Love the that donut eating pic! And the peach lemonade – seriously awesome!

  14. Peaches are so good right now! Love this drink!

  15. That peachy lemonade is simply beautiful! I can only imagine how good it tastes.

  16. Oh, YUM! Sounds like a delicious last taste of summer. Adding peaches and lemons to the shopping list.

  17. What perfect backyard fun! And the drink is gorgeous – I need to find some more peaches.

  18. Fresh peaches just say summer to me more than anything else. We ate our last summer peach with some yogurt and honey yesterday. A delicious end to summer. Though now I rather wish I had a few more to try this lemonade. My boys love lemonade but it’s a treat here as well.

    It looks like the party was a great success!

  19. I made this lemonade and it was ABSOLUTELY delish!!! I was wondering…do you think there’s enough sugar/lemon in the concentrate to successfully can it so that I could have it all the time?!

  20. I wish I had a glass of this lemonade in my hand right now!

  21. I am loving that photo of the kids eating the donuts! What a neat idea! And that lemonade looks perfect for these days that we are still in between fall and the last remnants of summer!

  22. I’ve never thought about how tough it’d be to eat a donut off a string – what a fun idea! This peach lemonade also sounds and looks amazing. Here in Texas, we’ll probably have summer weather for a month, so there’s still time for peaches!

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