Peach Simple Syrup

This Peach Simple Syrup Recipe is the best way to use up those juicy summer peaches you have on hand! It has just the right amount of peach flavor and is perfect for adding sweetness to baked goods, ice cream, cocktails, iced teas, you name it. 

Side view of simple syrup in a jar.

Easy Recipe for Peach Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is one of the easiest things you can make at home. It’s super simple (hence the name) and there are tons of flavor variations.

This peach simple syrup is the best thing to make when you have fresh summer peaches on hand.

It has tons of peach flavor, the perfect level sweetness, and can be used in so many different ways—pancakes, cocktails, you name it. 

It can also be stored in the fridge for a week or frozen for even longer storage. So, make plenty and use it whenever you’re craving that delicious flavor of peaches! 

How to Make Fresh Peach Syrup

You’ll find the exact measurements and full instructions in the recipe card near the bottom of the page.

This easy peach syrup requires very little hands-on time! Just 10 minutes to prep and 15 minutes on the stove. Here’s a quick summary of the recipe:

  1. Wash the peaches well, then dice or slice them and place them in a medium saucepan. Add the water and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Cook the peaches, mashing with a potato masher, for 15-20 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Let the water cook out some and let the peaches soften to a pulp.
Peach simple syrup cooking in a pan.
  1. Remove from the heat, then let the syrup cool for 25-30 minutes. It will turn into a thick syrup as it cools. 
  2. Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer, then serve or store. 
Peach pulp in a mesh sieve.

Tips and Notes

  • Use a 1:2 sugar to water ratio. If you’ve made simple syrup before, you know that the standard ratio is 1:1. For this recipe, it’s 2 parts water and 1 part sugar, plus the peaches. The natural sugars in the fruit adds plenty of sweetness without any extra sugar.
  • Wash the peaches well first. It’s best to remove any dirt, grime, or pesticides before you simmer the peaches in the sugar and water mix. 
  • No need to peel the peaches. Just dice or slice them to expose the meaty part of the peach. You’ll strain it all out anyway.
  • Strain well. A regular colander won’t do it. Be sure you’re using a fine-mesh strainer to strain out all the peel and cooked peaches so all you’re left with is the thick syrup. 
  • Cool to room temperature before using. If you’re adding it to a cold drink while it’s still hot, then it will melt the ice or warm the drink. That isn’t nearly as refreshing!
Side view of a jar of fruit flavored syrup.

What is Peach Syrup For?

Having this simple peach syrup on hand means that you can add fresh peach flavor to baked goods, drinks, you name it! Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this simple recipe:

  • Breakfast: Drizzle it over a stack of lemon ricotta pancakessourdough waffles, or peaches and cream oatmeal
  • Dessert: Add a splash of peach syrup to vanilla ice cream to make homemade peach ice cream or drizzle it over pound cake. 
  • Cocktails: Mix it into your favorite cocktails to make a fresh, peachy drink. Try it in a mojito, a margarita, or a gin and tonic. 
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks: Use it to make peach iced tea or hot peach tea, add it to fresh honey lemonade to make peach lemonade, or mix it with club soda to make a homemade Italian soda. 

How Long Does Fruit Infused Simple Syrup Last?

Leftover simple syrup can be stored in an airtight container such as a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

For longer storage, you can pour the simple syrup into ice cube trays and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Do You Have to Boil Simple Syrup?

No. The peach syrup should never really come to a full rolling boil. Instead, you’ll keep it at a simmer for the full 15-20 minutes.

This allows it plenty of time to infuse with peach flavor and to help it thicken without burning on the bottom of the pan. 

How Do You Enhance the Flavor of Peaches?

Sugar! The natural sweetness of the peaches is only made better by the sugar in this simple syrup recipe. 

We use granulated sugar in this recipe.

Use brown sugar instead to give this simple syrup a wonderful caramel note. Vanilla extract also adds another layer of flavor!

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Peach Simple Syrup

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Author: Kim
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds peaches, 2-3 large, fresh peaches
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Instructions
 

  • Wash the peaches. Either dice or slice them and place them into a medium saucepan.
    1 ½ pounds peaches
  • Add the water and sugar, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
    1 cup water
    ½ cup granulated sugar
  • Cook the peaches and mash with a potato masher for 15 to 20 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Let the water cook out some and allow the peaches to soften to a pulp.
  • After 15 to 20 minutes, remove from heat and let the peach syrup cool for 25 to 30 minutes. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Pour the cooled syrup through a strainer, and store in a glass jar until ready to use.
  • Serve in peach iced tea, over pancakes, or drizzle over ice cream.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, storage options, and FAQs.

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Notes

*The color of the syrup differs depending on the ripeness and variety of the peaches used and whether they’re peeled or unpeeled.
*To make the syrup using frozen peaches, you’ll need a 1 pound bag of frozen peaches slices in place of the fresh peaches. The flavor will differ slightly.
*Peeling the peaches is optional. If you decide not to peel the peaches, cutting them into slices works best.
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2 tablespoons. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 277IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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