As I’m sitting waiting for the Olympics to begin broadcasting again on TV (I mean seriously, 3 hours of NO OLYMPICS?!?) I decided that I wanted to use up my last peach from the farmer’s market. I knew that it was a bit bruised on the outside so if I were to eat it I’d be cutting it into pieces, so I decided to make a cocktail. I browsed my cocktail books, Pinterest and other sites and decided to make a bit of a hybrid. Something between peach lemonade and a smash. I realized a few things were missing: mainly proper bar tools (seriously we don’t own a good muddler!) and simple syrup. I’ve been meaning to make simple syrup but have yet to, and honestly it’s so hot that I don’t want to turn on the stove even just to boil water. So I got creative. And look at the final product:
I basically reinterpreted a recipe from Food & Wine: English Peach Smash, mainly because it uses fresh peaches and gin. I don’t write too often about cocktails but I love gin. I have a thing for Hendrick’s so it was a natural fit. Realizing that I didn’t have simple syrup or the peach liqueur for this I opted to use a bit of sweet strawberry lemonade and then some tonic too to help cut it a bit. Anyway, here is my Peachy Gin Smash!
Peachy Gin Smash
- About 1/4-1/3 peach cut into pieces
- 4-5 mint leaves
- Cracked ice
- 2 oz. gin (this makes a pretty strong drink, for less try 1.5 oz)
- 3/4 oz strawberry lemonade
- Tonic water, to taste
- Muddle the peach and mint together in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, gin and strawberry lemonade, shake well.
- Pour into glass and add tonic water to taste. I added about 3 splashes but it’s up to you.
- Garnish with the peaches from the cocktail shaker, or a peach slice.
I hope you enjoy it! I know that I did.