Peach Simple Syrup

Dive into the vibrant flavors of late summer with this exquisite peach simple syrup recipe. With just two primary ingredients and an array of optional add-ins, you can customize this syrup to your heart's content. Whether you're stirring it into a refreshing lemonade, drizzling it over a stack of pancakes, or adding a splash to your ice cream, this peach syrup is the essence of summer in a bottle.

Ingredients

  • 1.25 lb fresh or thawed frozen peaches (approximately 3 large peaches or 2 cups when chopped)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (can be regular, raw cane sugar, brown sugar, honey, sugar substitute, etc.)

Instructions

Preparation. Start by thoroughly washing the peaches. Slice them into quarters or smaller chunks, making sure to discard the pits.

Cooking Process. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan or skillet, combine the peaches, sugar, and water. Place the pan over medium heat. As it heats up, stir frequently until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Depending on your desired syrup consistency, you can:

  • For a clear syrup: Let the peaches simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The peaches should begin to break down, and the syrup should reduce and thicken.
  • For a thicker, textured syrup: Mash the peaches while they simmer using a potato masher.

Cooling and Storing. Once cooked, let the syrup cool for 20-30 minutes. As it cools, it will thicken further. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any solids, pressing the peach pieces to extract as much liquid as possible. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can blend the mashed peaches into the syrup using an immersion blender.

Transfer the cooled syrup to a sterilized bottle or jar, and it’s ready to be enjoyed! Makes about 2 cups of syrup.

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