Fall is rapidly approaching up here in Juneau. The rain is trying to settle in, the temperatures are dropping, and the days are shortening. Plus football season has started (Hallelujah!) – a sure sign of fall. As summer draws to a close, I wanted to share a recipe for you to enjoy while you’re soaking up the late summer sunshine.
This cocktail is the perfect warm weather drink. All the sunshine we got in Juneau this summer put me in a Southern state of mind, so I wanted some spiked sweet tea. I didn’t want it to be too sweet so I wanted to use fruit to help sweeten the tea. Peaches are evocative of summer and readily available in the grocery store right now, so I decided to go with peach tea. I found this recipe which I altered slightly, and it came out delicious! With just a few minutes work, you can have a tasty cocktail pitcher that’s perfect for cook-outs and parties.
Peach Tea Cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes + chill time
4 c. Water
8 Tea Bags (I use Lipton’s)
1 c. Simple Syrup
3 Ripe Peaches
1 1/2 c. Peach Vodka
1. Bring the water to a boil then pour into a heat-proof pitcher. Add the tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
2. If you don’t already have simple syrup on hand, you can make it while the tea is steeping. Combine equal parts water and sugar (I use 1 c. of each) and heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Measure out 1 c. for use in this recipe and save the rest in the fridge for other cocktails.
3. Once the tea has steeped, remove the tea bags and add the simple syrup. Slice the lemon and add it to the pitcher. Wash and slice the peaches then add them to the tea.
Note: Ripe peaches should have a little give when you squeeze them and should smell like peaches. If they’re not ripe when you buy them, put them in a paper bag and leave them on the counter for a few days until they are fragrant.
4. Transfer the pitcher to the fridge to cool. Once the tea is completely cool – not before or you can cook off the alcohol – stir in the vodka.
Chill until ready to serve. I recommend making the tea in the morning so the peach flavor has plenty of time to diffuse into the tea. Serve over ice with some of the fruit as garnish. Enjoy sipping this refreshing beverage while relaxing on a lazy summer evening. A word of warning, this drink goes down very easily so be careful.