July 12, 2011

Roasted Peach Lemonade {Powernap}

Roasted Peach Lemonade

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

When I was at BlogHer Food in Atlanta in May I had the great fortune of sipping the most delicious lemonade I’d ever, ever tasted. It was sold at a tiny cafe at the Auburn Street Market and I am fairly sure every single one of us on the field trip purchased a large serving. What made it so unique was that it was made with roasted Georgia peaches. You could actually taste little bits of peach in every slurp. It struck just the right balance between sweet and tart and was perfectly refreshing on such a hot day. Of all the things I ate on that trip the memory of this simple beverage has stayed with me. So, when the first batch of fresh peaches hit the market last week I couldn’t resist attempting to make it myself. It was either that, or go back to Atlanta!

I consider this a powernap recipe because it barely took any time at all. I saved a little time by using fresh squeezed lemonade that is made at my local Whole Foods. (If you want to make your own homemade lemonade please be my guest, I am sure it will be just as delicious!) The achieve the true peachy flavor I remember from Atlanta I cut the peaches in half and roasted them with a sprinkle of sugar while my daughter napped. Then I removed the skins from the hot fruit and pureed the soft flesh with some of the lemonade. If I had a fancy Vitamix blender I am sure I would have been able to truly pulverize it, but my little blender managed to do a pretty good job. There were still soft little peachy bits at the bottom, which I liked. I served it in mason jars over lots of ice. My daughter adored waking up to a fresh jar, she even asked if we could freeze them into popsicles. I think I’ll have to make another batch very soon.

Recipe

 Roasted Peach Lemonade

Ingredients

 4 medium peaches, pitted and sliced in half
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 cups fresh lemonade

 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Place the peaches skin side down in a baking dish and sprinkle the tops with the sugar. Roasted the peaches for about 25 minutes or until the tops of the peaches are juicy at the skins able to be easily pinched off.

3. Remove the outside of the peach skins and drop the roasted peaches into a blender. Pour in enough lemonade to cover the peaches in the blender. Puree the peaches completely, until the liquid is a little foamy and frothy.

4. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and stir in the rest of the lemonade. Chill. Be sure to stir up the lemonade with a wooden spoon again before serving!

 

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Per my daughter’s suggestion I might consider freezing these into popsicles. I also think an herbal infusion would be delicious, perhaps next time I’ll add some basil or lemon verbena. If you prefer a drink without the bits of peach flesh at the bottom simple strain it through a mesh sieve before drinking.

 

Naptime Stopwatch

30 minutes, mostly roasting time

 

Naptime Reviews

A huge hit all around, it tasted a lot like the lemonade from Atlanta I remember!

 

  • Courtney

    I can’t wait to try this!  I am such a lemonade fanatic.

    • Kelsey/Naptimechef

      I hope you enjoy it Courtney!

    • Kelsey/Naptimechef

      I hope you enjoy it Courtney!

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  • TinaE

    Sounds fantastic; I will make some peach lemonade later this week. But, you’re always welcome to come back to Atlanta. I just finished a batch of peach ice cream a couple of minutes ago. I also did a batch of ice cream using the Scharffen-Berger 82% from that goody bag at BlogHer Food this morning.

    • Anonymous

      Peach ice cream – yumm!!!

  • SDimartino

    This roasted peach lemonade is as good as it looks.  I have made so many naptime recipes as it is in my local paper each week.  Thanks so much for quick , delicious recipes

    • Anonymous

      That is so nice to hear, I am glad you like the column!

  • Kathy T.

    I made this yesterday…it was divine!

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad Kathy!!

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad Kathy!!

  • http://whatsheshaving.com Lynn

    This sounds incredible. I would never have thought to roast fruit for a drink!

  • http://blog.formaggiokitchen.com/ merrybaker

    Hi Kelsey – I am one of the bakers at Formaggio Kitchen (a shop in Cambridge, MA). Yesterday afternoon, as a treat for fellow staffers after we closed up shop, I tried my hand at making roasted peach lemonade. I posted some pics (and a link to your post) on our Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/4xooe8r  You’re right – it’s delicious! I will definitely be making it again!! Thank you for sharing! – Mary

    • Anonymous

      Hi! Thank you SO much for the sweet post. i am going to feature it in my newsletter this week for sure. We travel to Boston a few times a year and I will definitely stop in to say hello next time we are there. Have a great summer and enjoy your lemonade!!

      • http://blog.formaggiokitchen.com/ merrybaker

        Super! Definitely say “hi” when you’re in the shop! On a personal note – am shortly meeting the folks for a bit of summer holidays by the beach – when asked by my father if I had any requests for the larder, I asked if he wouldn’t mind picking up a bushel of peaches from the  local farm store so I could make roasted peach lemonade. The response? “Oh, good!” Thanks again!

  • Mandy

    I made this yesterday and IT WAS THE BEST. Really.

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad you liked it Mandy!

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  • Tes565

    How many people does this serve?

    • Anonymous

      Hi Tes565 – This makes about one large pitcher full. I would say 6 to 8 people for one serving per person. enjoy!

  • Jennifer

    Do you think this would still hold up if made a day in advance?  I would love to use it for a shower.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Jennifer! Yes, it would last a day or three before a shower. Right before serving it be sure to stir it well to get up the pulp that settles on the bottom. If you choose to strain out the pulp this won’t a problem. Like all drinks, keep it stored in the fridge in a pitcher with a lid. :)

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  • melp

    i added a bit of amaretto to mine! prefect for summer :)

  • SerenaJ

    Do you make fresh lemonade?

  • Ali

    I am so excited to make this for Memorial Day! Thanks for the recipe!! :)

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  • Blackeyes_26

    hello, I am ready to make your recipe. one question, do you add water to it? 4 peaches and for cups of lemon juice makes 6-8 servings? no water?
    thank you very much. can’t wait to hear from you.

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi! The recipe calls for fresh lemonade which means lemonade that is already mixed with water and sugar. It is fine to add store-bought lemonade or make your own favorite recipe! Enjoy!

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  • Patricia Heard-Hopson

    Did I miss the nutrition info?

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  • http://upcycledtreasures.com/ katie

    This looks delicious! I will be featuring it today on my summer drink roundup post :)

    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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