The peach syrup is the perfect concoction to enjoy in the summer. With affordable ingredients, you can turn this fruity sweetener into refreshing drinks.
Everything you need in this peach syrup recipe is organic. No artificial flavourings like you can find in store-bought and Starbucks peach syrup.
You can glaze it as sauces on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, and other desserts. Store it in the refrigerator, and it will last for up to 2 weeks.
Best of all, you can easily make this sweetener in just 15 minutes at home using healthy and affordable ingredients.
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But these brands contain traces of artificial flavourings and cost more when you make a large serving. And this is why making a homemade sweetener is cheaper and healthier.
Peach Syrup Ingredients
The ingredients you need to make peach syrup are fresh peaches, sugar, and water.
Pick fresh, firm, and ripe fruits. Avoid wrinkly and brown fruits. If you use frozen fruits, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
You can mimic the Starbucks peach syrup recipe with granulated white or cane sugar. When cooking, use 3 cups of sugar for 4 fruits. But if you're looking for different tastes, use honey or brown sugar for an extra caramel-like flavour.
Besides, you can also make sugar-free peach syrup using Stevia. This natural sweetener comes from the leaves of the Stevia plant. It is much healthier than artificial sweeteners like erythritol and sucralose.
On the downside, Stevia is not a thickening agent. So, you will get a thinner texture than a sugary sauce.
How to Make Peach Syrup
Our peach syrup recipe is simple. First, wash the fruits and remove the skin to get a consistent colour and texture. Then, chop them into smaller chunks.
Place the fruits, sugar, and water into a saucepan. Boil these ingredients over medium-high heat. Let everything boil before going down to low heat. Stir and simmer the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure the sugar and fruits dissolve.
Let the sauce cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, use a fine-mesh strainer to separate existing solids from the liquid. You can also blend the mixture to get a smoother sauce.
If you're wondering how to make peach syrup that is thick and sugar-free, add cornstarch to the mixture. Similar to sugar, cornstarch is a thickening agent. It is much healthier if you don’t use sugar to thicken the sweetener.
Use 1 tablespoon for 1 pot of the sauce and stir until it is lump-free. If it's too thin, add more until you get the desired texture.
What Can I Use Peach Syrup For?
You can use peach syrup for tea to get that fruity, sweet, and refreshing taste. Use this sweetener to make boba tea if you run out of brown sugar syrup. 1 to 2 tablespoons are enough to sweeten your drink.
You can also make peach syrup cocktails using both alcoholic and non-alcoholic liquids. For instance, mix this sweetener with gin, bourbon, or tequila if you enjoy classy and timeless beverages.
But if you want to make drinks anyone can enjoy, use club sodas or lemonade. Throw in a few slices of oranges or lemons, and you're ready.
You can also use this sweetener to make peach iced tea syrup. Just pour 2 litres of hot water onto 3 teabags. Steep them and let everything cool. When serving, combine the tea and the sweetener. Throw in some ice for an extra chilling sensation.
Pancakes and Waffles
Your option isn't limited to drinks. For instance, you can use peach syrup for pancakes. But first, warm up the sauce in a saucepan over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.
When it is warm, drizzle it over the pancakes. Add toppings like chopped nuts, whipped cream, or sliced fruits. And that's it!
If you don't like sticky or messy pancakes, mix the sweetener into the pancake's batter before cooking. This method gives a full taste to your pancakes rather than glazing them on top.
A few tablespoons are enough to get that fruity taste. Batter the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes and cook over medium-high heat.
In addition, you can use leftover peach syrup to make jelly. But first, you need pectin or gelatin to thicken the sauce into a jelly-like form. Then, add sugar and butter to get a sweet, buttery taste.
Other ingredients can also go well with your sweetener if you want to get creative and add more flavours. On a side note, you may get different colours and textures that make this sweetener more appealing.
White Peach Syrup
White peach syrup offers a mild and aromatic taste. It has light yellow to ivory colour with a subtle sweetness that won't drown the flavour of your drinks.
With its soft texture, you don't have to worry about having thick sauce on your desserts and savouries.
Replacing tap or distilled water with coconut water is tricky. Your mixture can turn sour if left at room temperature of 25°C between 5 to 7 days. So, you need to keep it refrigerated and chilled at all times. But you can still use it to make peach syrup. Use 1 ⅓ cup of coconut water for 2 cups of fruits. Then, use 1 cup of sugar and add more until you hit the sweet spot.
Adding vanilla extract into the mix enriches the sauce with a sugary-floral aroma. Since some extracts are concentrated, start with 1 tablespoon for 2 cups of fruits. Add more if it's too bland.
You can also use vanilla extract with canned peach syrup to dilute the sugary taste. It adds a buttery taste that blends well with the sweetener.
Ginger is a perfect addition to get that fiery and spicy taste. Use a small cup and grate the ginger into thin slices. Start with ¼ cup for 2 cups of fruits. Add more using the same ratio as the serving size increases. Don't forget to use a fine-mesh strainer to remove solids.
You can replace sugar with honey to get a floral, sweet taste. Add ½ to 1 cup of honey into the mix and stir this thick sweetener until it dissolves. This organic liquid is healthier than sugar, with added vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Even diabetic people can consume drinks with honey.
How to store
The best way to store peach syrup is in the refrigerator. Pour it into mason jars or airtight glass containers and keep it for two weeks top. If there are pulps or sliced fruits in the sauce, you can only store it for one week.
It is also best for you to sterilize the containers for better hygiene. To do this, turn the oven to 160° Celsius. If you use a standard 1,000 W kitchen microwave, set the power to P80. Be sure that the containers are microwave safe.
Wash and place them on a tray. Heat the containers for 10 to 15 minutes. Let them cool before using.
You can also freeze the sweetener and store it for up to 4 months. Since sugar is in its content, it won't freeze into ice cubes. However, you must shake the frozen sweetener and leave it at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes before using it.
Storing peach syrup for too long poses a greater risk of spoilage. Be sure to look for changes in colour, smell, and texture. Remember that different ingredient variations can also alter its shelf life.
Adding alcohol to the mixture is also great for extending its shelf life. Since alcohol is a preservative agent, most cocktails sweeteners can last three months. Use 15% to 25% alcohol. Anything above this range can turn the mixture bitter.
Peach Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups ripe peaches
- 1 cup white sugar
- ¾ cup water
- Wash the fruits and remove the pits. You may keep their skins or peel them off. Then, chop the fruits into tiny blocks.
- Pour all the ingredients into a saucepan. Start with medium heat until everything boils. Stir gently for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Use a fine-mesh strainer to remove solids. Filter and pour the peach syrup into a bowl. Let it cool before transferring it into mason jars.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
You can make a puree with the same ingredients. Since you don't need sugar to make a puree, it is much healthier than a sugar-based sweetener. Yet, puree has a shorter shelf-life. So, to make it last longer, you should keep your puree in the freezer.
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