Peach and Strawberry Soda

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, March 14, 2011

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I wish I had a video to share with you of my little guy getting to have this with dinner.  It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, but with him, I’m not sure that’s saying too much because each day he seems to do something even more adorable than the last.  He’s a gem, I tell ya.

Anyways, to illustrate a bit…he had some of this Peach and Strawberry Soda in a small glass with a straw.  He finished off the soda in about 10 seconds flat, but spent the next 10 minutes or so trying in every way he could think to get every last drop out of that glass.  He’d bang the bottom of the glass on the table to get the drops to collect together so he could suck more out with the straw.  He’d stick his ‘fy’ (what we call a pacifier in our house) in and lick off the juice.  He tried to stick his face in the glass to lick the sides.  It was absolutely adorable.

And this soda is absolutely delicious.  We loved it, and I’ve already got plans to surprise my daughter with it for her birthday.  I used frozen fruit this time, but it’s peach season around her big day and I can’t wait to see how much more awesome this special treat will be with fresh fruit.

If you’re concerned about the amount of sugar, you can always decrease the amount of simple syrup you add, probably up to half, and still have a great drink.  And if you have someone who can’t stand berry seeds in your family (like we have with The Phoenix) you can always run it through a sieve after you blend it to remove those.

Peach and Strawberry Soda

recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
Details
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes.
  • Ready in 8 Minutes.
  • Makes: 5 Cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) frozen and thawed peaches (preferably with no sugar added) or 2 fresh peaches, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) frozen (preferably with no sugar added) and thawed or fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1/2 large lemon)
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • ice
Directions
  • In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.
  • In a blender, combine the cooled syrup, peaches, strawberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth. Add the sparkling water and pour into an ice-filled pitcher. Serve immediately.
  • (If you are making this ahead of time, make soda through sparkling water and then pour over ice right before serving.)

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