The peaches have been so lush and flavorful this season that I decided to infuse some vodka for our big annual barbecue. It would make a lovely, light summer drink, I thought, and add pizzazz to our outdoor bar, all shimmery and shiny in its ice-frosted glass.
I peeled and sliced my peaches, covered them with vodka, and locked my project up in a cool, dark storeroom. Every day, I checked the color and flavor, to see just how peachy my vodka was becoming. By the seventh day, the vodka had attained a lustrous, amber-rose hue, and a lightly sweet, strong peach essence. Perfect! We put the vodka container in the freezer the night before the party, and were happy with the oohs and aahs accompanying its frosty display. Success!
The catch? Pure vodka infused with luscious, sweet peach nectar is still pure vodka… and it catches up fast.
1.75 liters vodka
Peel, slice, and chop peaches.* Place in large, clean glass container with a good seal. Pour vodka over peaches. Store vodka in a cool, dark place until peach flavor infuses, about one week. Chill before serving.
* To easily peel peaches, cut a small “x” in the bottom of the fruit. Carefully drop into boiling water and blanch for up to one minute. Remove peach from pot, and immerse in ice water. Peel off peach skin starting at the “x’. Slice peach by cutting lengthwise to the pit, and pulling slices away from pit. Chop slices into smaller pieces.
Peaches n’Cream Signature Drink
We made a signature drink for our summer party, by mixing the peach-infused vodka with cream soda. Very easy and lots of fun. Depending on your palate, the vodka is also nice with tonic, or just plain seltzer. Cheers!
2 parts Homemade Peach-Infused Vodka
1 part cream soda
Fill a glass with ice. Pour vodka and cream soda over ice. Drink slowly.