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Peach Lemonade

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Peach Lemonade. Simple to make, 100% homemade, and perfect for hot summer days!

My AC is currently broken, and it is HOT. And humid. I’m a Pennsylvania girl; I’m not good with humidity. Thank you, Chesapeake bay! (Seriously. The humidity is the hardest part about Baltimore summers and I DO NOT  like it.)

So I decided to make some peach lemonade to combat the heat, and also because both Brian and I grew up on powdered drink mixes and I found it was time to change that. Homemade > store bought  That’s my latest goal in the kitchen- to homemake as much as possible.

Peach Lemonade. Simple to make, 100% homemade, and perfect for hot summer days!

There are three main components to peach lemonade. First, a simple syrup composed of 2 C sugar and 3 C water, boiled together and chilled. Next, a peach syrup, made by heating 4 peaches cheap oakley sunglasses and 2 tbs sugar in a saucepan and letting the melted sugar and juices from the peaches simmer together. And third, the lemons- juiced and run through a strainer. Making the three parts is the hardest part- all you have to do after that is mix them together and add water!

Peach Lemonade. Simple to make, 100% homemade, and perfect for hot summer days!

One of my favorite things about summer is the low fruit prices. I hated strawberry lemonade as a child, but now that I’m older I want to add fruit to everything, including my precious lemonade. (One of the non-water drinks I drink regularly).  Perfect refreshing drink for the heat of summer, and I plan on making a huge pitcher of it for the fourth of July!

Peach Lemonade. Simple to make, 100% homemade, and perfect for hot summer days!

Recipe:
Ingredients

  • 3-4 small peaches pitted and sliced
  • 4-5 medium lemons
  • 2 C + 2 Tbs granulated sugar, divided.
  • 3 C water, plus more to add to the syrup/lemon mixture
  1. To make the simple syrup: Boil over medium heat 2 C sugar with 3 C water until the sugar is melted. Remove from the heat and let chill until thick. 
  2. To make the peach syrup: Place prepared peaches in a medium saucepan with 2 Tbs sugar. Mix together until sugar is melted and peaches have released some of their juices. Let simmer for 5 minutes. With a fork or potato masher, mash up the peaches and let simmer for another 2-3 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and squish around the peaches to make sure all of the juices are released. Mix into simple syrup and let chill.
  3. To make lemon juice mix: Halve and juice lemons. To juice, use a hand juicer. If you don’t have one, use one paddle of a hand mixer. Squeeze lemon halves to make sure all of the juice is released. Pour through a mesh strainer to get rid of seeds and pulp. Let chill.
  4. To assemble: Pour lemon juice into a pitcher. Add 1/3 of syrup mixture. Mix in water to fill pitcher. If too sweet, add more lemon. If not sweet enough, add more syrup. You may have some syrup leftover. Serve immediately over ice; but can me made 1-2 days in advance.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to a week.

White Hot Chocolate

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I’ll be the first to admit, my tastes can be a bit.. eclectic at times.

Friends have described my style as “hipster business casual.”

I like flipping between the top 40 and alternative music stations on my car radio.

I love the show Smash but I hate the main character. (Ew, Karen, you’re such a diva.)

It’s the brink of summer, and I’m craving hot chocolate… but not how heavy Swiss Miss instant can be.

Fortunately, I have this wonderful White Hot Chocolate to satisfy my craving without the heavy feel of milk or dark chocolate! Plus, with the incredibly small yield, I can make this whenever the craving hits without having to worry about storage for extra drinks- and it’s easily multiplied to serve 3 or 4 people. (It’s also a perfect drink for a cozy date night!)

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I must be honest, the smaller yield was an oversight- I forgot to check how much milk was needed vs. how much milk we actually had before starting the recipe. Fortunately for me, it turned Moncler outlet out to be a good thing.

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White Hot Chocolate

Makes two 6 oz servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 heaping cup of finely chopped white chocolate. (I used 3 squares of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Baking Squares.) 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water (Not boiling)
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Process:

  1. Melt chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the sugar and water.
  2. Add the salt and mix with spatula or wooden spoon until everything is mixed together and mixture is slightly foamy. (completely foamy around the edges with a little bit of foam in the middle.)
  3. Whisk in the milk and stir until mixture is at serving temperature. Do not boil; but there may be some bubbles throughout the mixture.
  4. Pour into a pyrex measuring cup through a strainer. This is to make sure there aren’t any clumps in the drink.
  5. Pour into two mugs and serve immediately  Garnish with Whipped cream, white chocolate, or marshmallows.

 
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