How to make Peach Syrup – a beautiful, pink-hued Peach Simple Syrup recipe that’s bursting with the flavor of sweet, fresh peaches.
This easy and simple recipe made with just 3 ingredients and several flavor variations adds tons of peach flavor to your favorite drinks, mocktails, ice tea, and lemonade. It’s perfect for drizzling over pancakes, waffles, French toast, and ice cream!
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Why you’ll LOVE this homemade Peach Syrup recipe
- A taste of summer with sweet, peach flavor
- Super easy to make
- Made with only 3 simple ingredients
- All natural – no chemicals and preservatives
- A homemade alternative to Torani and Monin peach syrup
What to do with peach syrup
Peach syrup for drinks - You can use this peach simple syrup for tea – try it in my Peach Iced Tea for the perfect summer refresher! This peach flavor syrup is also perfect for peach lemonade, mocktails, peach soda, and peach Italian soda.
Flavor breakfast – Use it as a fruity pancake syrup or drizzled over oatmeal, yogurt, waffles, French toast, or smoothies.
What is Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made by dissolving sugar in water. (Traditional simple syrup is made from one part water to one part sugar.) This allows the sweetener to be dispersed evenly throughout the beverage at any temperature. This is particularly helpful when sweetening cold beverages. Ever tried stirring a spoonful of sugar into iced tea?
Peach Syrup ingredients
- Ripe Peaches – fresh or frozen peaches are sliced then simmered in a simple syrup to make the most amazing peach flavored syrup with a bright pink hue. Be sure to use ripe peaches for the best flavor. And there’s no need to peel the peaches. Peaches with a deep red skin give the most vibrant color.
- Sugar and water– to make the simple syrup
How to make peach syrup
- To make homemade peach simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and sliced peaches in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, over medium-high heat then let simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, stir occasionally, pressing on the peaches with a wooden spoon to break them up.
- Let the peaches and syrup cool, then strain the peach mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Pressing too firmly on the cooked peaches will cause the syrup to be cloudy.
- Pour the peach simple syrup into a bottle or jar and refrigerate until chilled.
The leftover strained peaches can be reserved to serve over oatmeal, ice cream, or on top of a goat cheese crostini (my fave!)
Optional: for a thicker, sauce-like syrup that isn’t strained of pulp, you can keep the peaches in the syrup and use a blender or immersion blender to blend until smooth.
How to Store Peach Simple Syrup
Storing: Store in an airtight container, such as a glass bottle or a mason jar, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing: Peach simple syrup can be frozen into ice cube trays for later use. Thaw in the fridge before using.
Peach Syrup Variations:
- Sugar free Peach Syrup (Skinny Syrup) – use a granulated sweetener of your choice in place of the sugar. My current faves are Allulose or Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener with Erythritol. Lankanto will crystallize as it cools, however Allulose stays smooth.
- Olive Garden Raspberry Peach Bellini Syrup – To make Peach Raspberry syrup, use 2 peaches and ½ lb raspberries
- Canned Peach Syrup (Tinned Peach Syrup) – to make peach syrup with canned peaches, prepare a simple syrup with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water by bringing it to a boil and letting it simmer on low for 3 minutes. Let cool then add a 15oz can of peaches that have been pureed in a blender.
- Ginger Peach Syrup – add 1-2 thin slices of fresh ginger to the peach syrup when simmering
- Mango Peach Syrup – substitute the flesh of 1 mango for one of the peaches and simmer to make the syrup.
- White Peach Syrup – use white peaches and add an optional teaspoon of vanilla.
- Peach Apricot Syrup – substitute 3 apricots for one of the peaches when making the syrup.
- Fresh herbs – add a handful of fresh mint, basil, or rosemary to the pan
- Warm spices – a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
- Lemon – lemon juice or lime juice added at the end lends a bit of tartness
- Rosewater – a few drops at the end gives a beautiful floral fragrance that complements the peach
- Lavender or rose petals – add a small amount of food grade petals during cooking
What is peach syrup for?
Peach syrup is perfect for flavoring drinks such as iced tea, lemonade, sparkling water, cold brew, mocktails, and other beverages. It’s also great on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, oatmeal, cakes, and desserts.
What is peach syrup made of?
It’s made with peaches, sugar, and water. As the peaches simmer in the sugar syrup, the juices are released into the syrup giving it its peachy flavor and beautiful color.
How can I thicken my peach syrup?
If you want a thicker consistency, add a little cornstarch to the syrup and simmer until it becomes a thicker consistency. I find it easier to dissolve the cornstarch into a few tablespoons of the syrup first, then stirring that into the rest of the syrup. I’d start with abut ¼ to ½ teaspoon cornstarch.
Can I use white peaches to make peach simple syrup?
Absolutely! White peaches have a very delicate peach flavor and may not be as sweet, so adjust the sugar as necessary.
Do I need to peel the peaches before simmering for syrup?
Peeling the peaches is not necessary as the peaches will be strained after simmering.
Is peach syrup good in coffee?
Peach syrup adds a sweet, fruity, and slightly acidic flavor to coffee. It’s particularly good in iced lattes and cold brew.