Wish you could bottle those fresh summer peaches up and enjoy them a little bit longer? With this homemade Peach Simple Syrup, you can! This fruity syrup is easy to make and can be used in everything from drinks to meat marinades.
Don't you wish peach season could last forever?? There's nothing quite like a fresh peach in the summertime... But you know what a close second is?
Homemade peach simple syrup made with ripe peaches and stored in your fridge, so you can make delicious peach flavored treats any time.
Are you ready to enter summer peach heaven?
❓ What is simple syrup
Simple syrup is a sweet syrup made by heating water and sugar together until the sugar dissolves and thickens.
It's very easy to make and an essential ingredient for many bartenders who want to add sweetness to drinks in an easy-to-dissolve way. But it also has a ton of other uses that I'll outline in this post.
Plain simple syrup is incredibly useful, but you can also use the same basic recipe and make it with pretty much any flavor you can dream of. Which allows you an easy way to add instant concentrated flavor to drinks, baked goods, and more.
You only need 3 ingredients for this fresh peach simple syrup. They are:
- Fresh Peaches
It doesn't get any simpler than that!
My recipe calls for 1 cup of sliced fresh peaches, which I was able to get from 1 large peach. If you don't have exactly 1 cup or have a little bit more than 1 cup, it's totally OK!
🍑 How to make peach simple syrup
Like I mentioned above, the process of making the simple syrup is incredibly easy, too.
Simply combine water, sugar, and peach slices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
I'm making a double batch of syrup in these photos, so there are 2 cups of sliced peaches in these photos.
Bring mixture to a boil.
Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until mixture has thickened into a syrup and peaches have softened.
See how soft the peaches got?
Strain mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer, being sure to press down on the peaches to extract as much juice as possible.
At this point, you can dispose of the cooked peaches, but I recommend saving them to enjoy in any manner of ways. I like topping yogurt or ice cream with them.
Or adding them to the sangria I might make with the peach syrup!
Anyway, keep syrup in bowl or pour into a mason jar and place in fridge to cool completely before using. As it cools, it will become more of a thick syrup.
Not only does this mixture smell delightful, but I love the pretty peach color!
👩🍳 How to use
There are so many different ways you can use this peach syrup. Of course, my favorite way is to mix it into cocktails and other cold drinks, but it has so many more uses. Here are a few ideas to get you started (but I'm pretty sure the options are endless!):
- Peach Sangria
- Peach Margaritas: I use fresh sliced peaches in this frozen margarita recipe, but peach simple syrup would be perfect for a margarita on the rocks.
- Peach Bellinis
- Peach Cocktails: This simple recipe is the perfect way to add fresh peach flavor (and sweetness!) to your favorite cocktail. I think it goes especially well with vodka, gin, whiskey, and rum.
- Homemade Peach Soda: just mix the simple syrup with club soda and you have a delicious mocktail.
- Homemade Peach Lemonade: Using this fresh peach syrup in a fresh lemon juice and water mixture will add both peach flavor and sweetener!
- Tea Mixer: You can either mix a little peach syrup into hot tea or you can make your own super refreshing peach iced tea.
- Meat Marinade: next time I make these Chipotle Steak and Peach Kabobs, I'm going to add the peach syrup into the marinade!
- Salad Dressing Ingredient
- Cake moistener: Lots of people brush simple syrup on cakes after they cool to make cakes extra moist. Flavored simple syrup will also add flavor to the cake and this peach version would be delicious on a vanilla cake, but would also work with lemon and raspberry cakes.
- Ice Cream Topping: Drizzle a little of this peach syrup over vanilla ice cream for a tasty peach ice cream.
- Cocktail Rimmer: I always keep simple syrup in my fridge to use when I'm garnishing my cocktail rims. Brush a little bit of this syrup on the rim of a cocktail glass and you can easily adhere sugar to the rim for all kinds of fun cocktails.
- Pancake or Waffle Topping: Pancake or Waffle Topping: This syrup is absolutely incredible when drizzled over your favorite breakfast, like pancakes, waffles, or french toast.
- Oatmeal or Yogurt Topping: If you enjoy maple syrup or honey on your oatmeal or yogurt, try drizzling this peach syrup on instead.
I could probably keep going, but I think you get the point that this delicious sweetener has many, many uses!
Again, note the photos show a double batch of syrup.
🎉 Variations on recipe
While this peach simple syrup is delightful as is, peach also goes well with so many other flavors. Here are a few things you could add to the saucepan when making this syrup that will take it to a new level:
- Vanilla Bean
- Ginger (fresh or ground)
- Cinnamon (stick or ground)
- Nutmeg (whole or ground)
🧊 Can I use frozen peaches?
While I love making this syrup with fresh fruit, you can certainly use frozen peaches if you want to. But I do recommend thawing them first.
Otherwise, the instructions are all the same.
How to store
You should always store your simple syrups in the fridge in an airtight container. When stored properly, it should stay fresh for at least a month.
You can also freeze this delicious peach syrup so you can enjoy it later. My favorite way to do this is to pour it into ice cube trays and freeze in a larger freezer-proof bag. Then you can just pop our a syrup cube whenever you want some instant peach flavor!
🥤 How to make more
This recipe makes about 1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) of simple syrup. For reference, most of my cocktail recipes call for about ½-1 oz. of simple syrup in each drink.
If you're making a big batch cocktail or just want to have extra syrup on hand, you can easily double or triple this recipe. Since the syrup uses a 1:1 water and sugar ratio, you can increase as you see fit.
If you want to double this recipe, use 2 cups of water and 1 ½ cups of sugar, along with 2 large peaches (about 2 cups sliced).
🛒 Where to buy
I highly recommend making your own peach simple syrup because it's so easy to make and tastes so good fresh! In my opinion, it can be hard to find good peach-flavored products that don't taste artificial.
But if you want to buy it, here are some options:
- Eli Mason Peach Simple Syrup
- Torani Peach Syrup
- Upouria Peach Syrup
- Monin Peach Syrup
- White Peach Proof Syrup
🫐 More simple syrup flavors
My fridge almost always has several jars of simple syrup in it in a huge range of flavors. Here are some of my favorites:
- Candy Corn
- Pumpkin Spice
- Sugar Cookie
- Candy Cane
- Pink Peppercorn
- Holiday Spice
I hope this homemade peach syrup recipe recipe lets you enjoy summer peaches for just a little bit longer this year! The end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of fresh peach season anymore.
Peach Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large peach, sliced (about 1 cup)
- Combine water, sugar, and sliced peaches in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until mixture has thickened and peaches have softened.
- Strain mixture into a bowl, being sure to press down on the peaches to extract as much juice as possible.
- Keep syrup in bowl or pour into a mason jar and place in fridge to cool completely before using. Syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Syrup should keep for about a month when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Note that the photos in this post show a double batch of simple syrup.
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