Indulge in a refreshing and aromatic twist on a classic lemonade with this Rosemary Peach Lemonade recipe. The delightful combination of juicy, ripe peaches and zesty, fresh lemons creates a mouthwatering blend of sweet and tart flavors that are simply irresistible. And the addition of earthy, fragrant rosemary brings an exciting depth and complexity to this drink that will leave you feeling both relaxed and invigorated. Give it a try and experience a truly unforgettable summer treat! Make a big pitcher for this as it is a crowd pleaser!
- Why you will love this lemonade recipe
- Equipment needed
- Ingredients you need for this rosemary peach lemonade
- How to make rosemary peach lemonade
- Serving suggestions
- Tips for success
- Frequently asked questions
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Living in Florida for my exchange year taught me one thing, Lemonade is an essential especially during Spring and Summer! Now, stop buying your lemonade and start making it yourself. This recipe is a delicious twist on a classic with nuances of rosemary that you can pick fresh out of your garden - a truly homemade lemonade. If you like this recipe you should also try my raspberry thyme lemonade.
Why you will love this lemonade recipe
- Light and refreshing! - Packed with fresh seasonal fruits this will satisfy your thirst for sure.
- A twist on a classic! - The rosemary infused peach syrup really upgrades the classic lemonade to a whole new level of deliciousness!
- Super easy to make - The perfect drink to please a crowd. Whip up a big batch in no time to keep everyone hydrated.
- Versatile - You can easily switch it up for the occasion! Make it fizzy with bubbly drinks like tonic water. Make it boozy with a splash of alcohol, and more. Find recommendations further down.
- Only few ingredients needed - Most of them you already have around the house.
- Better than store-bought - This lemonade uses fresh ingredients that beats any store-bought lemonade.
The peach flavor is rich, fruity, and juicy, and is balanced out by the tangy lemon juice. The rosemary adds a hint of pine-like freshness and a savory, slightly bitter undertone that complements the sweetness of the syrup.
One of the best things about this recipe is that it can easily be customized to your personal taste preferences. If you prefer your lemonade to be sweeter, you can add more of the Rosemary Peach Syrup. If you're a fan of tart flavors, you can add an extra squeeze of lemon juice. And if you're feeling adventurous, you can add some booze to the lemonade.
- Citrus Juicer: I recommend a glass juicer like the one in the photo below or a juicing machine. I experienced that you get more juices out using these instead of a hand held juicer like this one.
- Small Saucepan: Use a small saucepan with a lid to make the rosemary peach syrup,
- Knife: Used to cut the fruits.
- Fine Mesh Strainer: Helps to strain the syrup and the lemon juice from all the seeds, pulp and herbs left behind.
- Pitcher: Any pitcher works, but I do recommend a glass pitcher to avoid getting a plastic flavor or any toxins into your lemonade that some containers have.
Ingredients you need for this rosemary peach lemonade
For this recipe you will have to make a rosemary infused peach syrup first which then will be used to mix up your lemonade:
- Sugar: I recommend to use granulated sugar. However, other variations like brown sugar work too but will change the flavor.
- Water: Simply use tap water (if clean) or filtered water. Any kind of water works as long as it is clean and drinkable.
- Peach: This recipe tastes best when using a fresh peach. You can replace it with the frozen or canned fruit if needed.
- Rosemary: This recipe requires fresh rosemary to get the best flavor. Get it from your garden or buy it at the store.
- Lemons: This recipe only uses the lemon juice, so any lemon works. If you want to reduce food waste I recommend using organic / bio lemons and use the zest for baking or for tea. Any fresh lemon works for this recipe, if you can get your hands on Meyer lemons I highly recommend them as they tend to be more sweet and less acidic.
- Water: Use filtered water as you will drink this water without having cooked it beforehand.
How to make rosemary peach lemonade
Here is a quick overview to show you how to make this lemonade in a few simple steps. You can find the detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
- Make the rosemary peach syrup: Add all the syrup ingredients to a small saucepan and cook on medium heat till the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, put the lid on and let it steep till cooled down to room temperature. Strain out the fruit and herb using a fine mesh strainer.
- Prepare the Lemonade: In a large pitcher mix the syrup, lemon juice and water and stir until combined.
- Serve: Pour the lemonade into drinking glasses and garnish with a rosemary twig. Add ice to the glass if you want to keep your drink extra cool.
I recommend serving this lemonade with a rosemary twig in the glass to just give it that extra herby flavor and some ice to keep it cold. This recipe is perfect for big crowds and can easily be prepared in large batches ahead of time. Keep it ready in the fridge to consume during the week or for your next garden party.
Pro tip: One of my favorite things to do is slightly burning the rosemary twig with a lighter or kitchen torch, then putting the glass over it upside down to keep the smoke in. Then turn around and fill with your lemonade (even better with some gin in it).
Keep your lemonade in the fridge to extend its shelf life. Your peach lemonade will stay fresh for up to 4 days in a glass pitcher. If kept in a pitcher with an air-tight lit or in an air-tight jar / bottle the lemonade is good for up to 2 weeks. Make sure to remove any fruit or herb before putting it in the fridge if you plan on storing the lemonade over a longer time period.
- Fizzy: Use sparkling water instead of still water or replace half of the water with tonic water
- Boozy: Mix your peach lemonade with gin, champagne, vodka or tequila to make it a fun adult drink. Lemonade cocktails are great for brunches by the way
- Half & Half: Replace half the water with iced tea
Tips for success
This lemonade recipe is pretty simple but it can always go sideways. So, here are 6 tips to make this a success:
- Check before you buy: Take a close look at your lemons before you buy them. Look for bright and plump ones. Make a squeeze test, you will want lemons that are slightly firm yet give way a bit. Is the fruit to firm it is under-ripened, is it too squishy it is over-ripened. You'll also want to avoid any fruit that has brown or black spots which indicate mold.
- Keep them fresh: Put your lemons into the fruit drawer in the fridge to keep them fresh and cold for the lemonade. Also use fresh fruits for the best flavor.
- Roll them lemons: Put your lemons on a flat surface and roll them with your flat hand slightly applying pressure to release all the juices in the lemons before squeezing them. This will make it easier to get all that lemon juice out.
- Do not substitute with bottles lemon juice: those don't taste the same as fresh juice and often have added sugars, preservatives, etc. that destroy the citrus flavor.
- Let the syrup cool: it is important that you let it cool down to room temperature to give the peach and rosemary enough time to infuse into the syrup which is essential for the lemonades flavor. You can add the strained peach and rosemary back to the pitcher for up to 1 day to keep infusing, then discard them to prevent the lemonade from getting a weird taste.
- Strain your syrup and the lemon juice: to get rid of any pulp, seeds or herbs in your lemonade.
Frequently asked questions
Q: Can I make a big batch of lemonade?
A: Yes, this is already a big batch of lemonade but you can easily make an even bigger batch of Rosemary Peach Lemonade by doubling or tripling the ingredients listed in the recipe. Simply adjust the measurements accordingly and mix the ingredients together in a large pitcher or container.
Q: Can I make this ahead of time?
A: Yes, you can make lemonade ahead of time and simply keep it in the fridge.
Q: Can I use canned peaches for this recipe?
A: While fresh peaches are ideal for this recipe, you can use canned peaches as a substitute if fresh ones aren't available. Simply drain the liquid from the can and use the peaches as directed in the recipe. Keep in mind that canned peaches may be sweeter and softer than fresh ones, so you may need to adjust the amount of sugar and cooking time accordingly when making the Rosemary Peach Syrup.
Q: Can I use other types of sweetener besides sugar?
A: Yes, you can use other sweeteners such as honey, or agave nectar, but it may alter the taste of the final product.
Q: Do I need to use fresh rosemary or can I use dried rosemary instead?
A: While fresh rosemary is preferable, dried rosemary can also be used. However, you'll need to adjust the amount used as dried rosemary is more concentrated than fresh. If using dried rosemary, use about ⅓ of the amount of fresh rosemary called for in the recipe.
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Rosemary Peach Lemonade
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- Fine Mesh Strainer
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- ½ cup Sugar
- ½ cup Water
- 1 Peach
- 1 Rosemary Twig
- 5 Lemons only the juice
- 3 cups Water
Rosemary Peach Syrup
- First up, wash your peach well under cold water. Remove the pit from your peach and cut it into slices.1 Peach
- Add them to a pot together with the rest of the syrup ingredients.½ cup Sugar, ½ cup Water, 1 Peach, 1 Rosemary Twig
- Bring to a simmer on medium heat and cook till the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat, put the lid on and let steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Strain and let cool off completly.
- Juice all your lemons and add the juice to a pitcher.5 Lemons
- Pour in the syrup and fill the pitcher up with water.3 cups Water
- Give it a stir and enjoy.You can store the lemonade in the fridge for later to make sure it's extra cold and refreshing.
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