Have I mentioned that I have had an abundance of peaches lately. Well my peach supply is running out and I’m here to share one more peach recipe for the summer. I love peaches and am so happy that my peach tree is alive and well. (Since I tend to kill most plants.)
As I tried to use up my fresh and highly perishable peaches, I tried to be very creative. While perusing the vast internet I came upon some intriguing ideas. One of them was making peach syrup. Then turning that peach syrup into homemade soda. Then I thought that adding a little cream would make that homemade soda the best idea of all time. So I did some experimenting and guess what? It was the best.
The nice thing is that you can use your not-so-beautiful-prize-winning peaches for this recipe. Since the peaches get all cut up, you can remove any blemishes or soft spots.
It’s a couple step process that begins with cutting up a bunch of peaches into a microwave safe bowl. If your peaches are ultra fuzzy, you will want to peel them. If they aren’t ultra fuzzy, and you can kinda wash some of the fuzz off of them, then leave the peaches intact. It will give you a deeper red color in your syrup. Unfortunately, my peaches are super fuzzy and I didn’t want that kind of fuzzy soda, so I had to peel mine first.
To your cut up peaches, add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice and 3 cups of sugar. Don’t mix it up.
Place a couple pieces of saran wrap very tightly over the peach bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Remove the bowl and carefully peel back the saran wrap. Stir will and repeat 2-3 more times, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Next strain the juice from the solids. (You can save the solids and spread it on toast, or put it in a tart.)
Add 1 cup boiling water and stir.
You can make the syrup ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator until your ready to make sodas.
Making the actual soda isn’t an exact science. These are the ratios that I used, but you can play a little bit with the amounts to decide how peachy and sweet you want your final soda.
Mix 2-3 oz peach syrup with about 8 oz seltzer water and about 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream. Stir gently and serve over ice.
Now begins a public service announcement:
And just to make sure things are crystal clear, since this topic is surprising not. What exactly is seltzer water and how is it different than tonic water, club soda and mineral water?
Seltzer water is just water that has been made fizzy.
Club soda is water with extra minerals for extra flavor that has been made fizzy.
Tonic water is water that has quinine added (which tastes awful in my opinion) and often some sweeteners that has been made fizzy.
Mineral water is water that is naturally bubbly and has all sorts of minerals (although often both of these are enhanced artificially.)
You will be fine with seltzer or club soda. But stay away from tonic and mineral waters.
Thank You. This ends our public service announcement.
Now feel free to go forth and make homemade fresh peaches and cream soda.
Recipe Source: Adapted from thepeachtruck.com