I don’t know about you, but this week has been spent doing A LOT of catching up and I am really looking forward to the weekend. Since I’ve got a fridge full of fruit, including a bunch of local peaches, I think some peach cocktails are in order. I plan to kick things off with this soothing peach martini that contains a whole peach in each glass (so it’s a healthy cocktail 😉 ) along with vanilla and a touch of honey.
Yes, fresh peach recipes have been making frequent appearances on the site this summer, but why not? Tarts and preserves are delicious, but why should I leave those delicious peaches out of my glass? I’m not talking about peach schnappes (although the idea of making my own has been crossing my mind lately) or your typical bellini. No, I wanted something that used real peaches…and a WHOLE LOT of peach in my glass. I give you the peach martini.
Yes, I know using a martini glass is not a legitimate reason for calling a cocktail a ‘marinti,’ but I thought peach martini sounded a bit better than peach cocktail…so deal with it all you sticklers. My blog…my names.
Like I talked about in my peach tart recipe, I really like the taste of fresh, not cooked, peaches the best. So adding an entire pureed peach to each cocktail should pretty much give me that peach fix I’m looking for. Yes, this drink is a bit thicker, in consistency, then your typical cocktail due to the presence of the peach pulp, but it’s not like slurping pudding or anything. The key is peeling the peach and blending it really well.
Something else that you can do with this peach martini is to make up the recipe, minus the part where you put it in the shaker with ice, and freeze it in ice cube trays. Put the frozen cubes in a plastic zip top bag and keep them in the freezer. You can then use this magic mixture for truly amazing peach bellini’s in the dead of winter. The typical ice cube tray holds 2 tablespoons of liquid in each cube compartment. Just thaw the cubes before using, and use one cube per glass then fill with bubbly as usual.
So who’s buying a big bag of peaches this weekend?
Recipe: Peach Martini
- 3 Ounces Peach Puree*
- 2 Ounces Vanilla Vodka
- 1 Teaspoon Lime Juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon Honey (or to taste)
- Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, cover and shake until shaker is so cold you can barely hold it anymore.
- Pour into martini glass.
- Garnish with mint sprig or slice of peach.
To make the peach puree…peel and pit the peach. Cut into cubes and toss into the blender. Puree until there are no discernible pieces.
The amount of honey you will use depends on how sweet your peaches are and how sweet you would like your cocktail.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)