Of all the summer fruits, peaches are perhaps the most delectable. So sweet, so juicy, they almost seem decadent. It isn't surprising hundreds of recipes have been developed that spotlight their unique flavor. On hot days, a glass of peach iced tea is the perfect thirst quencher; peach Bellinis are the quintessential Italian summer cocktail; peach brandy is a time honored tradition. Peach nectar is what gives these drinks their signature summertime flavor. While canned nectar is acceptable in many recipes, homemade peach nectar is the best way to get that true, fresh taste. The best peach nectar begins with ripe, fresh peaches.
Select peaches that are somewhat soft to the touch and have a fragrant smell. This indicates ripeness. Very firm or hard peaches will not be ripe and will not provide the sweetness needed for a good nectar. Green, or unripe peaches do not process properly in the blender, and produce a bitter tasting nectar.
Boil enough water in a stock pot or sauce pan to be able to submerge the peaches. Dip each peach into the boiling water until the skin begins to loosen. Remove from the boiling water and place in ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Peel the peaches, remove the pit and cut into slices.
Combine 2 cups sliced peaches and 1 cup water in a blender. Liquefy until smooth.
Strain the liquefied peaches through a sieve. Store the nectar in a sealed jar or bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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