In the mid of the holiday, we love making different homemade lemonade to spice up the holiday mood. Especially because we always do it in small batches and it just feels like such a treat. Our all-time favorite is this mandarin orange lemonade (it’s SO good!). However, we love having the citrus in the summer, thus we decide to do one for the winter holiday and we have this Cajun Peach Lemonade.
For this Cajun Peach Lemonade recipe, you can make the peach syrup ahead and store them in the fridge. When you are ready to enjoy them, simply rim the glass with some cajun spice and it’s inevitably going to sprinkle down into your drink, giving it the perfect amount of spiciness.
Ingridents and Subsitution
There are four ingredients in this drink, five if you’re including the water:
- Fresh Peach – You will need them to make the peach syrup and freeze them up to make peach ice.
- Peach Syrup – You can use any sweetener you have on hand, many uses maple syrup because they believe it’s slightly better for you than white or brown sugar. However, we decided to make a peach syrup and store them in the fridge instead for usage. To make peach syrup you will need fresh peach and white sugar.
- Lemon juice – We strongly recommned you use freshly squeezed lemon juice and not the bottled stuff. Fresh always has a better flavor.
- Herbs – We uses cajun and oregano in the drink as it spice it up which is perfect for the cool weather in the december.
- Water – We like to keep them simple in the busy days. However to make it more fancy you can use tea bags like green tea that you like. Use decaffenaited green tea if necessary.
Making of Peach Syrup
Our peach simple syrup is one of the best ways to add tons of peach flavor to any drink or dish. Peach Syrup is a great way to add peach flavor to your favorite drinks, cocktails, and desserts. It’s also wonderful for drizzling over pancakes and French toast, too! All you need is two simple ingredients, peach, and white sugar.
- Place the peaches and sugar in a pan.
- Bring to a simmer or low boil.
- Smash/Blend the peaches, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat, and pour through a mesh sieve (optional) into a heat-safe container.
- Chill the peach simple syrup until ready to use.
How can you serve and store them?
- Stirred Single serving – Fill a plate with a tablespoon or so of cajun seasoning and rim a glass with a lemon wedge. Dip the rim into the seasoning and coat it. Add 3-4 tablespoon of the syrup to a tall glass, fill the glass up with ice and some peach slices, and top with about 1 cup of lemon water. Top it with oregano.
- Shaken Iced Tea– Make it just like they do at Starbucks and shake it like you would a cocktail. Add 1 cup of green tea, 3 tablespoon peach syrup, and a few ice cubes to a Mason jar. Close with a lid, shake, and pour through a cocktail strainer into a tall glass filled with more ice cubes.
- Pitcher Iced Tea – This is the easiest way to serve it. Combine the lemon water, peach syrup and the oregano in a large pitcher, add ice, and stir well.
Storing – Both the syrup and the green tea will keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for 3 days.
If the Cajun isn’t your thang, you can omit it but we highly recommend you use them. It’s served cold and it’s so good. And we’ll just say it for all of us here. Yes of course you can add vodka to your cajun peach lemonade!
Cajun Peach Lemonade
Peaches add sweet, mellow roundness to traditional lemonade for a refreshing summertime beverage. Stir in white rum or bourbon for the grown-ups!
6 cups water
3 cups chopped peaches
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 peaches sliced for garnish
2 lemons sliced for garnish
1 bag frozen peaches for serving (to use as ice!)
cajun seasoning for the rim (here’s a homemade version!)
fresh oregano for serving
- Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine, and adjust heat to bring to a simmer or low, rolling boil.
- Continue to cook at a simmer, while stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Smash the peaches to break them apart, and cook for a total of 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and pour through a mesh sieve (optional) into a heat-safe container. Refrigerate to chill or use immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- In a large pitcher, combine the peach juice with the lemon juice. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. You can taste it at this point and add more lemon juice if desired! Stir the lemon wedges and peach slices into the pitcher.
- Fill a plate with a tablespoon or so of cajun seasoning and rim a glass with a lemon wedge. Dip the rim into the seasoning and coat it. Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour the lemonade over the ice and garnish with peach slices, lemonade slices, and fresh oregano. Serve!