A sweet and tangy zero-proof soda that's as refreshing as biting into a fresh summer peach, made with a white balsamic and peach shrub syrup.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Cooling Time 1hour
Total Time 1hour20minutes
White Balsamic Peach Shrub (makes 8oz)
2Peachespitted and diced into ½- to ¾-inch pieces
½CupWhite Balsamic Vinegar
2TbspWhite Balsamic Peach Shrub
6ozSoda Waterfreshly carbonated or just opened
2-3Peach Pieces (strained from the shrub)
In a medium saucepan, combine the peaches and sugar. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, and the peaches have started to release their juices. Then cover and cook for two minutes.
Add the vinegar, then cover again, increasing the heat to medium high. Bring the syrup to a boil, and then allow it to cook 1-2 minutes more.
Turn off the heat and add in the sea salt, stirring to combine. Then loosely cover and set the pan aside to cool for at least an hour.
After the shrub has cooled, pour it through a fine mesh strainer, saving the syrup and the peach chunks separately.
To make the soda, mix 2 Tbsp of the shrub syrup with 6-8 oz of Soda Water over ice. Stir gently until it's slightly fizzy on top. Then garnish with skewered peach chunks and serve immediately.
Make ahead tips:
The shrub syrup either strained or unstrained can be made in advance and stored in a tightly sealed container for up to 2 months.
If you want to store the peach chunks as well, they will last longer in the syrup, since they are essentially quick pickles.
You can also store the mixed soda without ice in a covered pitcher or soda bottle for 1-2 days. A tighter seal will lead to less carbonation loss.
This recipe works well with fresh peaches. For frozen or canned peaches, skip the initial step to cover and soften the peach pieces. Frozen pieces should be thawed and pat dry. Canned peaches should be drained thoroughly.
It's best to use the freshest soda water possible. If you have a SodaStream or other carbonating system, that works well. You can also open a fresh can or bottle. I don't recommend using an already open bottle of soda, as it may have started to go flat.