Two of the best parts of summer are ice-cold lemonade and fresh-picked juicy peaches. Combine them, add a little vodka and some sparkling water, and now you've got the third best part: a pitcher cocktail to kick off the weekend.
Before making this pitcher cocktail, you need to peel your peaches. This is super easy: First, slice an "X" in the bottom of each peach. Next, place them in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Then transfer each peach to an ice bath. Once they're cool enough to handle, just peel the skins off with your fingers. Easy!
Once you've pureed those peeled and pitted peaches, you're halfway to a perfect pitcher cocktail. Add some simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, sparkling water, vodka, and lots of ice, and it's ready. Call some friend to share the summer love!
Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
3 large peaches
6 cups sparkling water
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cup vodka
In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.
Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third. Cut an "X" in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle. Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.
In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka. Stir to combine. Add ice and stir again.
Cut the remaining peach into thin slices. Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.
- You can use store-bought peach puree, but it will be sweeter than using fresh peaches. Adjust the amount of simple syrup as needed.
- You can substitute club soda for the sparkling water.
(Image credits: Maureen Petrosky)