It’s Farmer’s Market season again! Every week amidst the last minute packaging of treats we bake, and whilst my husband and middle daughter are feverishly loading the vehicle for market, my youngest daughter and I are busy in the kitchen concocting the “perfect fruity lemonade”. This is a last minute affair because we want it as fresh as possible, you see. This is 8 year old’s contribution to the market–a lemonade stand. You can pretty much juice any fruit and add it to a substantial amount of lemonade. Watermelon. Pink Lady apples. Plums and Oranges. Strawberry Kiwi. Cherry Limeade. These are a few of our favorite ones.
Well, we happened upon a real peach this past Tuesday night. My oldest knew we were planning on Peach Lemonade…as peaches are in full swing around here, and when possible, we love doing lemonade with whatever fruit is in season. She suggested “Ginger Peach Lemonade”. Oh man. Around here we lo-ove fresh ginger…
And a recipe was born.
Peach Lemonade with a hint of Ginger
- 12 peaches, with pits removed
- 2 cups Lemon juice
- 1 cup sugar
- around a gallon of water
- ginger syrup: boil 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and about 3 inches of peeled and sliced ginger root till sugar is dissolved. Cool, remove ginger pieces.
I have a Champion Juicer–love it. Someone asked me if they could just throw the peaches in the blender…well, I’d say no, because a juicer separates the juice from all the pulp. But if someone with one of those fancy-schmancy Vitamix blenders wants to set me straight, please do so. It could work! I slice my peach halves into chunks that will juice easily and juice them all. You’ll get 16 oz (at least) of peach juice, depending on how juicy they are. Mix up a gallon of lemonade (your two cups lemon juice, 1 cup sugar and almost a gallon of water). Brew your ginger syrup…and mix all three delights together. Ta-da! Serve it up on ice for a fantastic summer bonus!
This sold out in the first 45 minutes of market…I’m making it again next week! Good stuff…and it’s so much fun to hear people’s comments.
“Wonder what flavor they’ll have this week?”
“I LOVE this stuff!”
“I come to the market just for my lemonade!”
My youngest daughter was able to save all of her lemonade money last summer and used it to purchase a lovely mandolin, which she now plays at market once the lemonade is sold out! Fun times.
I also have a Peach Lemonade Concentrate recipe that cans up great if you want to take a look at that one.
Happy Summertime everyone! Do you have a favorite fresh summertime drink? Do share it in comments!