Happy almost Fourth of July! The summer always seems to sneak up on me. And I don’t even realize it’s summer until people start breaking out everything red-white-and blue, from clothing to desserts.
Desserts at Fourth of July shindigs are usually made up of anything with strawberries & blueberries. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some strawberries. But I think we need to pay homage to another fruit that is just as emblematic of summer as our dear berries: Peaches.
But eating peaches can be quite…undignified. Juicing ripe peaches and mixing the juice with alcohol will instantly elevate your peach consumption experience. Guaranteed.
WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This recipe is SUPER boozy. And delicious. So you won’t realize how boozy it is until you can’t feel your face. DO NOT DRIVE A VEHICLE AFTER CONSUMING. If you consume this tasty beverage and get behind the wheel of a car and cause an accident, I cannot be held responsible for the havoc you may wreak on yourself or the public.
In all seriousness, be careful this weekend, everyone. Have a great time, enjoy this cocktail, and get yourself a designated driver or an uber.
Bubbly Peach & Basil Cocktail
Makes two cocktails
- 6 oz. fresh pressed peach juice
- 2 oz. simple syrup
- 4 oz. white rum
- 10 basil leaves, plus 2 small sprigs for garnish
- Prosecco or other dry, bubbly white wine to fill glass*
- Peach slices for garnish
Tear up the basil leaves and put them into a cocktail shaker. Muddle them until the leaves look bruised. Add in ice about halfway full. Pour the peach juice, simple syrup, and rum into the shaker. Cover and shake for a couple of minutes. Strain & pour the mixture evenly between two, 10 ounce glasses (preferably chilled). Fill to the top with Prosecco. Garnish with basil leaves and a peach slice. Sit back and enjoy the summer!
* To make this drink less boozy, just use sparkling water instead of the Prosecco. It’s still refreshing!