White Peach Juice
Nectarine-infused simple syrup sweetens our invigorating white peach juice. Add club soda for a little fizz or Prosecco to create a Bellini.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 4 strips (1 inch long) lemon zest, plus juice of 1 lemon
- 1 ripe white nectarine
- 4 pounds ripe white peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, and cut into large chunks
- Cold Prosecco or club soda (optional)
Bring sugar, lemon zest, and 2 1/4 cups water to a boil in a medium pot, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook until a syrup forms, about 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer. add nectarine; cook until syrup turns pale pink, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer nectarine to a plate to cool. Transfer syrup to an airtight container; refrigerate about 1 hour.
Peel nectarine, and cut it into large chunks; discard pit. Transfer nectarine to a large bowl. Add peaches and lemon juice to bowl. Using your hands or a potato masher, mash to extract as much juice as possible. Lightly press through a sieve into another bowl; discard solids. Stir in cooled syrup. Juice can be refrigerated up to 3 days. Serve over ice with Prosecco or club soda if desired.