This peach mocktail is a fun drink to enjoy with friends and family. It combines peaches, honey and sparkling water (or still, if you prefer) for a non-alcoholic vegetarian, gluten-free and low histamine drink.
Mocktails are always fun, and a lovely alternative to alcoholic drinks if they aren't for you or you just fancy a change. Plus they are kid-friendly too!
This fun peach honey mocktail has very few ingredients, and is simple to make.
- Peaches: this beautiful summer fruit is full of flavour and makes for the prettiest colour too! It's best to use peaches that are ripe (but not overripe) so they release more of their juices to flavour the mocktail.
- Honey: the base of sweetness for the peach syrup. A runny honey such as the Rowse acacia squeezy honey or their regular honey is ideal.
- Mint leaves: both to flavour the sugar syrup and for garnish. I have a mint plant in my garden that is slowly coming back to life after the winter, but store bought is of course fine too.
- Sparkling water: for all the bubbles! If you are on a low histamine diet, then I talk a bit about this below.
Variations on ingredients
Mocktails can be fairly versatile in terms of the fruit and herbs you use to flavour them and it's always fun to come up with new combinations.
- I have used nectarines instead of peaches for this recipe and it was just as delicious. It's also true that nectarines seem to be a little easier in terms of 'shelf-life' and don't go bad as quickly as my peaches seem too.
- Not a fan of mint? A few basil leaves would be lovely instead and give a more herby hum in terms of flavour.
- I haven't ever used sugar myself for this recipe, but many mocktails that use a syrup do so instead of honey.
Step by step instructions
Making this mocktail is very easy, with just a little work making the syrup. I was inspired by how to do this from Minimalist Baker's peach tea recipe. It's a light and refreshing drink, but you can add more peaches or honey for a more intense flavour if you prefer.
Add the peaches, honey, mint and still water to a large pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl (or jug) and discard the pieces of peach and mint (or just use them for a snack!). Allow to cool.
Pour the peach syrup into your glasses and then top with sparkling water. Add ice to preference, and garnish with mint leaves. Then enjoy!
Sparkling water and a low histamine diet
Sparkling water is one of the foods that isn't mentioned on the SIGHI list, so I can't give a 'score' of histamine from that resource. It only refers to 'healing spring water with lots of sulfur, fluorine, iodine, and carbonic acid' and still water.
I asked on my Low Histamine Kitchen Instagram for people's views on sparkling water and 60% of respondents said they tolerated it, with 40% not.
It seems then, to be quite individual in terms of tolerance. If you can tolerate sparkling water, then this is a lovely fizzy mocktail. If sparkling water isn't for you then use regular still water and it makes for a refreshing fruit drink. Perhaps up the quantity of the peach mixture for a little more flavour.
More fun mocktails to enjoy:
Enjoy lots of fun mocktails here on the site, all easy to make and so delicious!
- sparkling water or still water
- ice to taste
For the peach honey syrup
- 3 peaches cut into small pieces
- 4 tablespoon honey
- 2 cups still water
- 2-3 mint leaves
- Add the peaches, still water, honey and mint to a large pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. With the back of a spoon press the peaches against the side of the pan to release the fruit juices. Set aside for 30 minutes, or until cooled.
- Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour through the peach syrup. Discard the peach (or enjoy with another recipe).
- To serve, pour about ⅓ cup of the peach syrup into your glasses and then top with sparkling water (or still if you prefer). Add ice, and garnish with mint. Enjoy!
- Pressing the peaches against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon helps them release their juices for more fruit flavour.
- For those who prefer a more intense flavour, use a larger quantity of the peach syrup (particularly if using still rather than sparkling water).
- sparkling water isn't rated on the SIGHI list. See above for details. Use regular still water if you prefer.