Homemade peach syrup is the perfect way to celebrate fresh peaches in the summer and enjoy frozen peaches in the winter.
A simple recipe with simple ingredients, this easy peach syrup is the best way to use up ripe peaches. Lemon juice is left out of this recipe to give you the most flexibility possible when using fresh peach syrup. Adding lemon juice to your drink - instead of in your simple syrup recipe - lets you decide when you want some tart citrus (or not!).
This delicious recipe is an easy way to enjoy some of those fresh summer peaches. And since it lasts for a couple weeks in the fridge, you can make it once and enjoy it over and over again.
Made with 3 easy-to-find ingredients, this recipe brings summer to your cold drinks and is delicious whether or not it’s currently peach season. It’s a delicious peach syrup that tastes like fresh peach pie!
- White sugar - Use cane sugar or beet sugar.
- Fresh peaches - Choose peaches that are super ripe and juicy. You don't have to peel them. Just cut them into chunks and take the pit out before adding to the pot. If it's not peach season, use frozen peach slices (no need the thaw them).
How to Make Peach Syrup for Cocktails
Combine sliced peaches, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan.
Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce to low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the peaches start to break down.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes to bring your syrup close to room temperature.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Carefully pour the mixture into the strainer, stirring the peaches gently to release any liquid.
Discard the cooked peaches or save them to go over vanilla ice cream or french toast.
Cool syrup completely before using. Store in a mason jar or other airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
What Drinks Can You Make With Peach Syrup?
- Use it to sweeten iced tea or lemonade.
- Stir up a summery Ginger Peach Moscow Mule.
- Make a Peach Italian Soda by combining 2 oz peach syrup with 4 oz soda water over ice.
- Use it in my Peach Pie Martini recipe (pictured below)!
- Add it to your favorite cocktails!
- No need to thaw frozen peaches. If you’re using frozen peaches for this recipe instead of fresh fruit, just toss them in the pot along with the sugar and water. No thawing time needed.
- Skip peeling the peaches. You can leave the peach skins on the fruit when making this recipe.
- Change up your peach syrup with fresh herbs. For an easy variation, add 3-4 sprigs of thyme OR rosemary to your syrup once it reaches a low boil. Strain them out along with the peach solids and enjoy your Peach Thyme or Peach Rosemary syrup.
- Chill your syrup before using it. Adding hot syrup or even warm syrup to a drink will cause the ice in it to melt quickly, watering down your drink. Make sure your peach syrup is completely cold before crafting a cocktail or mocktail.
FAQs and Substitutions
Yes. My favorite substitute for the white sugar in this simple syrup is brown sugar or maple syrup. Changing the sugar will change the taste of the peach syrup a bit, but it’ll still be very delicious.
Absolutely. Fresh or frozen peaches work great in this homemade syrup recipe. No need to thaw the frozen peaches before you use them.
When kept refrigerated, peach simple syrup will last at least 2 weeks. Discard it as soon as you notice any changes in color or if it starts to look cloudy.
Gin and bourbon both go very well with the flavor of peaches and are delicious when mixed with a little of this sweet peach syrup.
Don’t Miss These Homemade Simple Syrups
Looking for more fruit flavored simple syrups? They're my favorite thing to make with whatever fruit is currently in season! Try my strawberry simple syrup and blueberry simple syrup during the summer months (or use frozen fruit in the winter).