Summer brings not only a fantastic array of seasonal fruit varieties but also some of the best recipes. In a lot of ways, the beauty of fruit is in the number of options we have to truly enjoy it—especially when it comes to peaches.
There are so many stories from people who grew up picking them off of a tree in their yard whenever they needed a snack who still hold true to their love of the peach and new peach experiences.
Fill your peach bucket list with these ultimate summertime peach pairings.
15 Fantastic Peach Pairings to Try
- Tea (green, black, surprise me!)
Tea is one of the most versatile things this planet has graced us with. The technicalities of tea are too much for one paragraph, but the flexibility of its flavor is not something we can argue about.
When you add tea to some sort of peach fusion, lives are changed forever. We’re all familiar with the classic peach tea,where peaches shine like a star without any artificial flavoring business. So this summer, mix it up by trying green tea next time around. It will make the intense summer heat seem much more manageable.
- Cocktails and Spirits
Okay mom and dad, we know this is the part you were waiting for. With peaches, your drink list should never get boring. Why? Add peach to almost any alcoholic beverage, and you’ve got yourself a party in the works.
Our favorite is the Peach Fizz Cocktail, with added fresh peaches of course. It’s definitely a mouthful, but once you get a grasp of your preferred amounts of each component, you’ll never be able to put it down. Be careful, though, and remember to drink responsibly.
- A Craving for Crust
Ask just about anyone, and they’ll bring up a peach cobbler or pie when discussing their favorite peach foods. Homegrown staff included. There’s something special about the mixture of flaky crust, cinnamon, and fresh peaches baked to perfection. The only thing we might disagree on is whether the fruit filling or the crust is the best part.
Some matches are truly made in heaven, and peaches with cinnamon—in any fashion—are one of them. The possibilities are limitless, and a quick search on Pinterest will be enough to inspire you to stock up on enough cinnamon to last the rest of the year.
- Other In-Season Fruit
Pairing fresh peaches with other in-season fruit can truly be an original treat. Personal taste plays a huge part here, and each person tends to envision their own perfect mixture of fresh fruit.
Some delicious combinations include other stone fruit like plums and nectarines or go completely wild with bananas and pineapple.
- Kid-Friendly Drinks
Kids tend to go crazy for smoothies and milkshakes, both of which are summer appropriate and little-one approved. There are classic peach smoothie options as well as peaches and cream milkshakes for the more sophisticated taste buds.
- Popsicle Molds & Sticks
While we know popsicle sticks and molds aren’t technically pairings or ingredients, they are a definite essential part of making your own summer treats.
Your taste buds will soar when you try our Peach Frozen Yogurt Popsicles—they’re sure to become a household favorite.
- Salads Galore
Salads aren’t just for dieting, they make an excellent side dish for dinner and can be extremely satisfying for lunch. Mix it up with different cuisine styles that pair well with your main dish or your mood. Either way, you’ll be enjoying yourself.
It’s always shocking to survey a room and see the majority haven’t tried peaches in their oatmeal and other breakfast cereals.
The many variations and ease of preparation will have you coming back to this option all year round, and your kids are sure to love it.
- Avocado & Guacamole
Adding peaches to guacamole may sound like a reach, but you aren’t living until you’ve given it a try. The unique combination is perfect for summer barbecues and cookouts, and even better for pool parties.
In our experience, it is the perfect stepping stone to get our pickier kids to try guacamole for the first time.
- Something Creamy
Add fresh peaches to your yogurt or bowl of ice cream and watch your perspective on these treats improve tremendously, even if you’re already an avid fan.
Boost the fruit flavor when making your own ice cream by incorporating just a splash of your favorite fruit juice. The refreshingly cold mixture of peach chunks and ice cream made with juice is a sure way to avoid overheating this summer.
Combine some dried coconut slices for tropical granola bars or top off your yogurt. This combination is delicious whether the coconut is dried, fresh, or in water form.
The sky’s the limit in regards to coconut. Make drinks, lunches, snacks, and desserts with ease based on how creative you feel.
- Nuts (pecans, almonds)
Peaches can be dried and used for a homemade trail mix for a unique punch(we all know trail mix is better when it only contains the things we like anyway).
Don’t limit your peach and nut experience, though. Fresh peaches pair well with your favorite nuts for a protein boost throughout the day. The mixture of salty and sweet is sure to leave you coming back for more as well.
- The Grill
If there’s only one peach pairing from this list that you try, it’s grilled peaches. I know the grill falls into the same category as popsicle sticks and molds since it isn’t an actual ingredient, but the experience is something we wouldn’t recommend anyone misses.
Adding a little bit of sweetness to your meal can really spice things up when you’re tired of the same traditional seasonings. Peaches pair so well with pork that we would gladly eat it multiple times per month…who am I kidding, as long as peaches are in season I’ll be craving this.
What other ways do you enjoy peaches? Leave a comment with your favorite pairings. We love discovering fresh, new ideas!