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.
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It’s a good post.
Merci, Mode Trends!
Looks and sounds fantastic!
Thanks, Margie! Very refreshing on a warm summer evening.
I always wondered how one does this! Thanks, and thank you for the like on my blog!
It’s easy – just don’t drink too much. 😉
I liked your mystery tomato post. There are so many kinds of heirlooms, it’s hard to tell what’s what. Take a look at my heirloom tomato post. There is a link to the seed savers exchange, where they may be able to help identify your tomatoes!
It is really hard to tell at this point what I have….Thanks for the info and nice article on heirlooms!
I’m sure they will taste good when ripe! 🙂
I have 2 peach trees and will be making this. Love the idea of peaches and vodka!
Ooooh! How wonderful! And the peaches have been wonderful this year. I also love to make an old-fashioned flat cake with peaches (I use my applekuchen recipe), and surprisingly, peaches with creamy rice for breakfast.
Oh my that sounds fantastic!
Thank you! Great for hot weather, such as we are experiencing now.
I really like your blog!
Well, THIS looks delightful! And I like the glass serving container, too.
Thanks so much! You should try it – very easy and refreshing. And you’re right – everything looks delicious in that beautiful glass (only $20 at bed, bath and beyond :-)).
Hi Alison- great use of peaches- thanks for liking my post- Like your blog a lot- lovely pics and great food ideas- will be doing a peach crostata very soon look for it and tha- Judynks again for stopping by
Thanks! I like your blog too. Peach crostata sounds delicious – looking forward to your post!
Oh, this drink is right up my alley!
Drink with caution – it’s very potent!
A refrigerator filled with tree-ripened peaches – a bottle of vodka – all this speaks of a winning combination of fun and flavours. I’ll never make peach jam again. Virginia
You crack me up! Don’t stop making peach jam – sounds delish. Just save a few, only a few, peaches for the vodka infusion. 😉
Thank you! Drink with caution. 😉
This looks so delicious!!
Thanks, Janaline! Warning: it’s potent!
I’ll bet that is delicious!
Thank you! And dangerous, too. 😉
Sounds yummy! One thing I like about Vodka, it is like a blank canvass that accepts all sorts of color. 🙂 We use Vodka for making homemade vanilla extract. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda! That’s very interesting about the vanilla extract – how do you make it?
This is just wonderful looking. Peaches have such a subtle and very particular flavor when paired with the vodka and allowed to meld. A great idea and so refreshing.Happy Holidays and Libations!
Thanks Teresa! Happy Holidays to you too!
Every time I have tried to infuse vodka with peaches, the fruit turns brown within a day…even in 100 proof spirits. Same thing with pears, and that was even with 195 proof grain alcohol. Any suggestions?
Without knowing all the details, I would suggest two things:
1) Make sure you completely cover the fruit with vodka immediately after peeling and chopping the fruit.
2) Make sure you immediately store your infusion in a cool, dark place. If you don’t have a dark enough spot, cover the jar with a brown paper bag.
Hope this helps!
Was doing #1. Will try the second idea. Thanks!
Let me know how it works out!