Inspired by the role of peaches in iconography and to accompany my Madonna of the Peaches reflections and art, here’s a recipe for peach soda!
The Marian month of August is also the time of year when peaches are plentiful. This stone fruit appears occasionally in iconography, usually being featured in paintings of Mary & the infant Christ.
Homemade peach soda, my friends, is like drinking August from a glass. It’s bright & fresh, sweet enough without being too sweet, and just perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.
Madonna of the Peaches Soda
Bright, refreshing peach soda inspired by Marian iconography
- 3 medium peaches, pitted, & sliced into chunks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and boil until the sugar is dissolved.
- Turn the heat down and add the peaches. Cook until the peaches are all soft & falling apart, then let cool to room temperature.
- Mash the peaches in the syrup mixture, and then put the mixture in batches into a strainer. Gently press the mixture to get all the liquid strained out into a jar. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
- Fill a 12 oz. glass halfway with ice. Add 1/4 cup of peach syrup and top with cold seltzer. Add a vanilla sidecar, and you’ve got a delicious peaches & (ice) cream treat for a summer day! Don’t forget to say a Hail Mary!