This summer we picked a bunch of peaches at a pick-your-own fruit orchard. Since the kids helped us pick, some of the peaches had a lot of bad spots on them. After I cut off the bad spots I had a messy bowl of peach pieces. I figured that I would try to make natural peach syrup for Italian Sodas.
Italian Sodas are one of my favorite refreshing summer beverages, but I don’t often buy the syrups needed to make them. While writing this blurb I decided to research Italian Sodas, to see if they were Italian. My five minutes of research says that they were invented by the Torani Company (an Italian syrup maker) in 1925 in San Francisco.
My lesson from this experiment was that you need more syrup (and sugar) than you would think, but this is a delicious way to capture the flavor of late summer in a bottle to make a special treat. The amount of sugar this requires means that it should not be a regular treat.
- About 4 fresh peaches
- sugar to taste
- Wash and slice peaches. (Ours were cut into fairly small pieces.)
- Heat a few inches of water and the peaches in a medium saucepan on medium-high until softened. Turn off heat.
- Strain peach mixture through a fine metal sieve into a heat-resistant bowl. Used the back of a large spoon to push the mixture through the sieve.
- Return the mixture to the saucepan add sugar to taste. I added about a cup. Add more water if needed to dissolve the sugar.
- Heat the mixture on medium-high until just boiling. Turn heat down. Simmer the mixture until it turns into a syrup.
- Put the syrup in a jar. It will keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
- Add the peach syrup to taste to club soda for a natural peach flavored Italian soda
- Add cream or half-and-half to the Italian Soda to make an Italian float.