Natural Peach Syrup
The flavor of fresh Georgia peaches is pure summertime. This brilliantly-colored peach syrup captures that essence in a bottle, perfect for using in desserts, cocktails and iced tea throughout the year. Best of all, it takes only four simple ingredients and minutes to prepare.
Makes approx. 4 cups
4 fresh peaches
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (juice of about 2 lemons)
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup boiling water
This method is not only easy, but results in a fresh peach flavor. Wash and pit the peaches. Cut into wedges and place in a large microwave-safe glass bowl. Pour lemon juice and sugar on top (do not stir) and cover very tightly with plastic wrap (wrapping all the way around the bowl to seal in steam while cooking). Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Remove and carefully remove plastic as to not burn yourself on the steam. Stir well. Cover and repeat the process until all sugar has dissolved. Once complete, strain syrup to remove solids. You can save the peaches to use as jam. Whisk in boiling water and transfer syrup to a jar. Makes about 4 cups. Refrigerate until needed.
Cooking on the stovetop will result in a syrup with more of a peach jam flavor rather than fresh peach flavor. Wash and pit the peaches. Cut into wedges. Place peaches, lemon juice and water in a saucepan. Add sugar on top (do not stir). Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce to a very low simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Resist the urge to stir while cooking, as this will break up the peaches. Remove from heat, strain and bottle.
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