DIY Peach Liqueur

diypeachliqueurSummer fruit! If you’re lucky enough to have too many peaches (or have some in the freezer), then here’s a DIY liqueur project that will allow you to add a little summer to your cocktails even after the season’s over.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column.

DIY Peach Liqueur

1 cup vodka
2 peaches, pitted and chopped
3 inch piece of lemon zest
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water

Steep vodka, peach, and lemon zest for 2 days. Taste. If the peach flavor is too weak, steep for another day. Strain and filter mixture through through two layers of cheesecloth, pressing down to extract liquid.

Make simple syrup by heating sugar and water for about five minutes. Once cooled, mix simple syrup with the peach infusion. Let rest for a minimum of one day.

Cocktails Made With Peppers

shishito pepper margarita

Roasted Shishito Pepper Margarita from the Kitchn

The unifying theme of this post is that these cocktails are made with peppers. A little spice is nice in the summer. However! There is a sub-theme of “things I have a lot of in my garden.” Shiso, shishito peppers, Meyer lemons, cucumbers, Thai bird chiles — all good things I have a lot of. Time to make cocktails with them!

Spicy Shiso Smash ~ Shiso is a great herb! I’ve been looking for ways to use it more, and this Mojito-style cocktail with cucumber and Thai bird chiles sounds right up my alley.

Lemon Chile Marmalade Cocktail ~ Meyer lemons with a little bit of spice are a great complement to gin in this simple cocktail. (Well, making the marmalade takes a tiny bit of effort … but not much. And then you have marmalade!)

High Five ~ Watermelon and spice are buddies. Add in vodka, coconut water and lime … and it’s a refreshing summer drink with a kick.

Chili and Cucumber Margarita ~ Coming from a Dutch-Indonesian background means I always have sambal olek (chili paste) in the fridge. I also have tons of cucumbers, so this cocktail is happening!

Roasted Shishito Pepper Margarita ~ I’m new to shishito peppers. But I am obsessed with them! They are not spicy. They’re more like savory, thin-skinned bellpeppers. Can’t wait to try them in drinkable form.

Plum Cocktails for Summer

Plum Dang It from Imbibe

Plum Dang It from Imbibe

The plum tree in my backyard is going crazy, so it’s plum cocktail time! One of the great things about plum in a cocktail is that you can mash it up with almost any other flavor for a quick cocktail. Here are a few plum cocktails to try.

Plum-Basil Gin Fizz ~  Basil and plum are good friends, but add a little gin and bubbles … now that’s a party.

Plum Luck ~ Allspice dram and bourbon are nice complements to the sweet, bright flavor of plums.

Plum Dang It ~ Rum, brown sugar, lime and plum combine for a simple-to-make drink that tastes as complex as a tropical drink.

Rosemary’s Plum Gin Cocktail ~ St. Germain and plums take care of the sweet, while gin and rosemary give the drink some complexity.

Honey Barbecue Plum Cocktail ~ Putting the plum on the grill for a bit deepens the plum’s flavor and brings out the sweetness and brightness of the fruit.

Easy Spritz Recipes on Bravo TV’s “The Feast”

the-feast-spritzers-01I was interviewed about summer spritzes for Bravo TV’s food blog, “The Feast.” I give three recipes that are so easy, you can memorize them. Summer day-drinking!

“Spritzes are perfect for summer because they’re light, refreshing, and low in alcohol. On a sunny afternoon, a spritz just feels right,” Marcia Simmons, co-author of DIY Cocktails, told The Feast. “What I like most about making spritzes is that soda water and Prosecco pair well with almost anything, so it’s very hard to make a bad spritz. With only two or three ingredients, it’s easy to adjust them to your tastes or try new ingredients.”

The Spritz Is the Key to Summer Cocktail Happiness: 3 Super-Easy Recipes to Memorize – The Feast

Cocktail Popsicles

Paloma Cocktail Popsicle

Paloma Popsicle from Girl versus Dough

Summer is the time for booze to be served as cold as possible. Skip the cocktail shaker and get the freezer in on the action. Turn a cocktail into a cocktail pop! Here are some ideas.

Mint Julep Popsicle ~ Sit on the porch and enjoy your Mint Julep and a popsicle at the same time.

Stout Float Popsicles ~ Chocolate stout and vanilla ice cream are a genius combination for an unusual frozen treat.

Raspberry Gin Fizz Popsicle ~ This seems like something the ice cream man should stock now.

Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Poptail ~ Wine and blueberry cheesecake together at last, in frozen form.

Paloma Popsicles ~ Tequila and grapefruit … next backyard barbecue, these need to be invited.

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