Blushing Peach-Limeade

It’s yummy, tart, peachy, limey, and so, so refreshing. Not a traditional limeade, the only sweetness to this drink comes from boiling fresh peach peels in water and allowing the water to cool— as a result, you get such a delicious, fresh, fiery-warm meets airy-electric, beautifully blush-pink hydration drink to enjoy on hot summer days and warm summer nights.

Ingredients:

  • Peach peel scraps, unbruised and fresh from peeling ripe peaches**
  • Water to boil peaches**
  • 1/3 cup chilled lime juice
  • Dried mint to taste for garnish

Special equipment: strainer spoon, air-tight container with lid.

Inactive prep time: 1 hour
Active prep time: 20 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

Preparation:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a simmering boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Add peach peels to the pot; use 1 peach’s worth of peel-scraps for every 2 cups of boiling water. (Roughly 1:2 ratio of peaches to cups of water.)
  3. Boil the peach peels for about 15 minutes, until the water turns pink and the peach peels are soft.
  4. Using a strainer spoon, remove the peach peels. (You can eat these as is for a warm peachy snack, puree them to make a peach sauce, add them to your pancakes, toss them into your cereals or your salads— the sky’s the limit!)
  5. Allow the peach-water to cool. Once cool enough, transfer to an air-tight container large enough to hold all of the peach-water, and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  6. For a single serving of peach-limeade, combine 1/3 cup of lime juice with 1/2 cup of peach-water directly into a glass. Garnish with dried mint leaves to your taste and enjoy.

Yasmine’s notes:

**This recipe is born distinctly from it currently being fresh peach season where I am at the time of writing– i.e., hot summer times where you may very likely find yourself with bushels of fresh, ripe peaches and many reasons to be peeling them. Should this be the case for you as well, may this be an especially handy way to use up leftover peach peels without letting them go to waste! It’s such a simple and useful method to make a naturally hydrating drink for the summer— a watery-rich summer fruit paired with naturally occurring electrolytes in limes! All without having to rely on copious amounts of added sweeteners. Win, win, win.


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