Friday, August 9, 2013

Get Your Drink On

It's Friday people! So it's time to get your drink on!

If you're looking for something a little more ladylike or refined, might I suggest the Peach Cooler. [Spoiler alert: It has peaches in it.] 

My girl Gywnnie created this spin on a Pimm's Cup, a cocktail favorite from Jolly Old England. It's basically a sophisticated wine cooler — and a very far cry from the Bartles & Jaymes coolers we used to drink in high school so don't judge prematurely. 

I made it for a cocktail party my parents hosted when I was visiting them in the Low Country a few weeks ago. People went nuts for it. The key of course is using really ripe and fragrant peaches. It's the perfect libation to sip on a warm summer's night (and by night I mean as soon as you can get the hell out of the office). 


Peach Cooler
from Bon Appetit

2 very rip peaches, peeled, cut into wedges
6 Tbsp peach liqueur 
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup vodka
1 English hothouse cucumber
2 cups chilled prosecco 
1 1/2 cups chilled soda water
12 fresh mint leaves

In a blender, blend the peaches, peach liqueur, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour into a pitcher and stir in vodka, prosecco and soda water. [Note: If you want to make this in advance, hold off on the prosecco and soda water so they don't go flat. Just cover and chill up to 4 hours and then add in the bubbly stuff when you're ready to serve.]
Cut 1/2 the cucumber lengthwise and into spears for garnish. Thinly slice remaining cucumber and add to the pitcher along with the mint. Fill glasses with ice and fill with the cooler. Garnish with a cucumber spear. Serves 4

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