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fresh peach lemonade

there are few things that make my taste buds happier than fresh peaches in summertime. peaches are my absolute favorite fruit + i look forward to their arrival every year. juicy, scrumptious peaches are in full force at our farmer’s market recently, + while i’ve devoured most of them while standing over my sink, juice dripping everywhere, i’ve also tried to use them in new, fun recipes.

when i saw this recipe for fresh peach lemonade a couple weeks ago, i knew i had to try it. and sweet fancy moses, i’m so glad i did. this lemonade is absolutely wonderful + it makes for a crisp, refreshing warm weather drink. while it’s perfect just the way it is, i think it would be fantastic made into fruit tea by mixing it with brewed black ice tea. or, it would make an amazing summer cocktail if you added some white rum, vodka, or bourbon! regardless of which way you drink it, i know that you’ll love it!

and if you’re looking for some more uses for those awesome, fresh peaches, check out these peach + amaretto popsicles or this fresh peach + raspberry galette. both are incredible!

fresh peach lemonade

makes 8 servings, adapted from cooking light

ingredients

4 cups water
2 cups coarsely chopped peaches
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
4 cups ice
1 peach for garnish, cut into 8 wedges

directions

combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. bring to a boil; reduce heat, + simmer for 3 minutes. place peach mixture in a blender; let stand for 20 minutes.

remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. place a clean towel over opening in blender lid. blend until smooth. pour into a large bowl. refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

press peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid + discarding solids. stir in lemon juice. place 1/2 cup ice in each of 8 glasses. pour about 2/3 cup lemonade into each glass; garnish each glass with a peach wedge.

nutritional information per serving, as provided by cooking light:
servings per recipe: 8 • calories: 98 • fat: 0.1 g • carb: 25.9 g • fiber: 0.8 g • protein: 0.5 g