Friends of ours gave us a large bag of peaches from their tree – it has been really busy this past week, and I finally had the opportunity to make use of the peaches. I didn’t have too much time to spend, but I also didn’t want the peaches to go to waste – making a syrup to use in iced tea and lemonade seemed like a perfect idea.
- 2 cups water
- 2″ piece of fresh ginger, grated
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 to 3 pounds of peaches
- In a large pot, bring the water to a boil.
- Add in ginger and allow to simmer until the ginger is fragrant.
- Add in honey, so it is well mixed. I don’t know about you, but I always have jars of honey around where there are small amounts left at the bottom – I have a bad habit of opening up a new jar when I don’t have time to scrape off the remains from an old jar. I used this opportunity to clean out a bunch of honey jars.
- Wash the peaches – pierce the flesh with a knife in a couple of places and add into water mixture.
- Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes or until peaches separate from the pits easily.
- Run the mixture through the finest grate on in your food mill. If you don’t have a food mill, you could always run the mixture through a fine wire strainer and blend the finished product.
- Store in a pretty jar (ok, this is optional – but I conveniently had a pretty jar just for this purpose).
I’ve brewed some black tea to use with this syrup for a refreshing glass of iced tea this afternoon. I opted to make the syrup quite strong so I could use a decent amount of ice without watering down the flavour. I’m sure it would taste just as good with some lemonade – perhaps its time to visit my neighbour to get some fabulous Meyer lemons from her tree :).