Peach Lemonade


Crisp, fruity peach lemonade is the drink of choice on summer's hottest days.

Southern Living Peach Lemonade in a glass to serve with ice and a peach slice

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Peach lemonade is a more fruity, slightly sweeter approach to classic homemade lemonade—and it's exactly what we want to drink in summer at barbecues, potlucks, picnics, and by the pool.

Here, learn how to make homemade peach lemonade that is refreshing and every bit (or even more) as delicious as anything you might buy at a restaurant or the grocery store.

How To Make Peach Lemonade

With just three ingredients (and water), this peach lemonade couldn't be easier to make. Here's a brief recap:

Fresh peaches are boiled in water and sugar to make a delicious peach simple syrup. Once that's cooled, you'll squeeze or press the peaches to remove as much liquid as possible. Discard those spent peaches, or save them for another use, like a peach margarita.

Pour the simple syrup into a pitcher, and add the fresh lemon juice and the rest of the water.

How To Serve Peach Lemonade

You can serve the peach lemonade over ice immediately, or let it cool entirely in the fridge before enjoying your first glass.

If you want a little more fruity flair, add fresh summer fruits like raspberries, cherries, and blackberries to the glass with fresh peach slices.

Want to make this peach lemonade for adults? We recommend adding white rum or bourbon to the pitcher. Start with 1/2 cup of spirits, and taste before you add more. The delicate peach flavor shouldn't get overpowered by the booze.

Tips for the Best Peach Lemonade

Lemonade by itself is a magical drink. It's crisp and refreshing with the just-right balance of tart and sweet. But there are a few things that can make your peach lemonade next level:

  • In place of the last addition of water, consider other alternatives like sparkling water, soda, or coconut water.
  • Use fresh, in-season peaches if you can find them. They'll give off the best flavor in the simple syrup. In a pinch, frozen peaches will work well, but they may need more time to let out flavor.
  • Got leftover lemonade? If you can't finish your lemonade in two or three days, pour it into ice cube trays, and freeze it. Then, the next time you make lemonade, use these frozen blocks of the beverage to cool your drink. As the ice melts, it won't dilute your fresh lemonade.


  • 2 cups (12 oz.)  fresh unpeeled ripe peach slices (from 2 peaches), plus more for garnish

  • 4 1/2 cups water, divided

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 4 lemons)


  1. Bring peaches, 2 cups of the water, and sugar to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan over medium, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar. Continue to gently boil over medium, stirring occasionally, until peaches are very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

    Pour peach syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a small pitcher, pressing on solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.

  2. Stir in lemon juice and remaining 2 1/2 cups water. Serve Peach Lemonade over ice and garnish with peach slices.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you make peach lemonade in advance?

    Yes, you can make peach lemonade ahead of when you plan to enjoy it. You can do this one of two ways.

    First, make the peach simple syrup up to two weeks before you plan to use it. Just be sure to keep it store in an airtight container.

    You can also make the full recipe and keep it in the fridge up to five days.

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