Recipe | Peach Thyme Syrup for Sodas, Iced Tea & Lemonade

Peach Thyme Syrup
There was a time, many years ago, when I only drank soda. Once in a while, when I was feeling like I wanted to be healthy, I’d drink juice too. But not juice juice–the kind of juice that’s pink and refrigerated and has all sorts of flavors and colors in it, but actual fruit is about tenth on the list of ingredients. I didn’t like the taste of water, so I didn’t drink it. Ever.

Then I realized the ridiculous amount of empty calories in soda and I cut myself off cold turkey. No more! For several years, I stuck to this but now I drink it again once in a great while. You know how every so often, you just crave a brownie or a chocolate bar? That’s how I feel about soda now. It’s a treat! Not an everyday thing. I try to buy brands made with natural ingredients, but my favorite soda is homemade soda.

Peach Slice
We have a SodaStream, which I love, but I’m not a big fan of the syrups, which are made with artificial sweeteners and taste off to me. So we use the SodaStream to carbonate water and I make my own syrups. Which sounds really intense, I know! And if you’re rolling your eyes right now, I don’t blame you! But making your own syrups is easy. It’s just a matter of combining fruits, herbs, and spices with the right amount of sugar.

Peach Thyme Syrup Ingredients
It’s impossible to walk two feet at the farmers market and not bump into pints and pints of peaches right now. The farmers market peaches aren’t as plump and perfect as the ones you buy at the store, but they always seem to be sweeter and at the peak of ripeness. I love adding an herbal note to syrups, so I added several sprigs of thyme too. You combine the peaches, sugar, and thyme and let them cook down until the peaches are soft and the liquid is thick, then you strain the mixture and hello Peach Thyme Syrup!

Peach Thyme Syrup Ingredients Peach Thyme Soda
I like Italian sodas because they’re not overly sweet, so I usually pour a little syrup at the bottom of a glass and then pour sparkling water on top. But this syrup can also be used to sweeten iced tea or lemonade instead of sugar! The recipe only makes about a cup of syrup, so if you’re making a big batch of tea or lemonade (or if you like your drinks extra sweet), you might want to double the recipe.

Peach Thyme Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 1 cup

Peach Thyme Syrup

A sweet, herbal syrup made with fresh summer peaches. It's perfect for adding to sparkling water, lemonade, or iced tea!

Ingredients

  • 3 large peaches, pitted and diced (mine were about 20 ounces before dicing)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • A few sprigs of thyme

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Every few minutes, stir the pot with a wooden spoon and use it to smash the peaches a little bit. Strain the syrup into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve and discard the solids. Transfer the syrup to a bottle or jar and refrigerate for up to a week.
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Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. Tigerlili says

    I just made a peach-mint version…delicious! Great way to use up any over-ripe/damaged peaches too. That’ll need to go in a peachy, white wine sangria next…

  2. says

    I know what you mean about soda – I don’t drink it much, but sometimes I just get a craving for coke zero and nothing else will quench my thirst! Good idea to make your own syrups so you can use natural ingredients control how much sugar goes in. I think peaches go really well with herbs too!

  3. says

    Hi! I’m a new visitor, but this peach syrup recipe drew me in because I like anything with peaches! Your photos are gorgeous, and your layout is nice as well. I shared this recipe with my followers at Facebook.com/theyummybits, hopefully they like it as much as I do! Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    Mmm! Just picked up a ton of peaches (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration but it’s still more than any two people need). You already saw my peach pie recipe, but I think I’m going to have to try making this too! I love making fresh lemonade and this will be perfect with it. I have a lot of mint right now, I hope it goes as well as the thyme. I definitely appreciate the sweetness of peaches but their full bodied flavor complements savory herbs so well!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I think mint would work really well too! You could also use lime juice instead of lemon juice and do some kind of peachy mojito-y limeade. :D

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I don’t like most traditional sodas anymore either. For some reason, whenever we travel, I always crave Sprite though. Like in airports or on car trips? Always Sprite.

  5. jessica says

    Can you do this with a stevia replacement? How much would you use?
    Just started following your site and I love it!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I don’t think you can make a simple syrup with stevia — it probably wouldn’t melt and get syrupy like sugar does. But I haven’t cooked much with stevia, so I could be wrong!

  6. Monica says

    I too bought a box of peaches, have about a dozen that I wanted to make a syrup. How long will it last in a jar or is it better to freeze it for future use. Has anyone tried it?

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