Perfect Peach

Perfect Peach
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time:5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

[Photo: Kelly Carámbula]

There isn't much that beats a perfectly ripe, juicy peach on a summer day. With their fuzzy skin, blushing hues, and intoxicating aroma, peaches are a sign that summer is in full swing. When buying peaches, looks definitely matter. Keep an eye out for fuzzy, unblemished fruit that gives off a sweet scent and is slightly soft to the touch. That's going to give you a fruit that's bursting with flavor.

After using peaches in everything from salsas to French toast, I thought it was high time to create a peach-inspired cocktail. I muddled some peach slices and a few cherries, which add color and additional flavor, in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. To bring a little more depth to the cocktail I added a squeeze of lime juice, a little Demerara syrup, and the ultimate summer spirit, white rum. The result is a peach-hued cocktail that as pretty as it is tasty.

Note: for the Demerara syrup, mix equal parts Demerara sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool before using.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a medium peach, sliced
  • 3 bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
  • 1/4 ounce Demerara syrup (see note)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • Garnish: peach slice

Directions

  1. 1.

    Muddle peach slices and cherries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until all the juices are released from the fruit.

  2. 2.

    Add Demerara syrup, lime juice, and rum. Fill shaker with ice and shake for about 10 seconds.

  3. 3.

    Using both the cocktail strainer and a fine mesh strainer, strain the cocktail into a glass. Garnish with peach slice.

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