Perfect Peach

[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.

Perfect Peach

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, muddler (or wooden spoon), fine mesh strainer


  • 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


  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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