As someone who isn’t a wine drinker, I’m always looking for easy cocktails to make at home. When peaches are abundant in the summer months, this is such a lovely refreshing drink to make, and it’s pretty simple too.
The skin needs to be removed from the peach in this recipe, but if you can’t do it by hand, it should come off after being in the boiling water. The peach simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If, like me, you love that spicy gingery taste and you want to make this extra gingery, you can infuse your vodka with ginger too – simply put some slices of ginger in a bottle of vodka and let it infuse for about a week, give it a little shake every couple of days.
When you prepare this you can adjust the ratio of ginger beer and soda water depending on how sweet you want it.
Some alternative ways to use the peach simple syrup:
- 2 parts bourbon + 1 part peach syrup + dash of bitters + top with soda water
- 2 parts gin + 1 part peach syrup + top with tonic water (peachy G&T)
- 2 parts peach syrup + 8 parts soda water (non-alcoholic)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ripe peach
- 1/4 cup vodka (chilled)
- 3 tbsp peach simple syrup
- 1/4 cup soda water
- 1/2 cup ginger beer
- Squeeze of lemon or lime
- 1/2 peach
- Fresh ginger
To make the peach simple syrup, place the water, sugar and peaches (skins removed) in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 3 minutes. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
In a jug, combine the vodka, peach simple syrup, soda water, ginger beer and lemon/lime juice. Stir to combine.
Fill a glass with ice and a couple of slices of fresh peach. Pour over the liquid and top with sliced fresh ginger.