By Hope S. Philbrick
I use the fresh fruit to prepare past favorite recipes plus create at least one new drink recipe that showcases the peaches’ juicy deliciousness.
Titan Farms is the largest peach grower in South Carolina—and the second biggest in the nation. Titan Farms grows more peaches than the entire state of Georgia! Best of all, the peaches are reliably delicious.
Titan Farms peaches are a cocktail-friendly ingredient.
The arrival of this year’s peaches coincided with a bumper crop of cayenne peppers from my garden, and this recipe combines the two with lip-licking yummy results:
Hot Titan: Spicy Peach Cocktail
1.5 oz. cayenne pepper-infused vodka
1.5 oz. fresh peach juice
Seltzer water (to taste)
Peach slice and fresh cayenne pepper for garnish
To infuse the vodka, fill a clean mason jar with the unflavored vodka of your choice, and drop 3 fresh clean (uncut) cayenne peppers into the vodka. Seal and shake. Rest in a cool dark place (e.g., pantry) for at least 24 hours, then start tasting the vodka every day until it reaches your desired level of heat. Once you’re satisfied with the heat level, remove and discard the cayenne peppers. I left 3 cayenne peppers in 1.5 cups of vodka for 3 days, but peppers and palates vary so you do you.
How to juice a peach: Peel a very ripe peach, slice it in half and pop the pit out, slice or chunk the fruit and drop the segments into half of a cocktail shaker. Muddle until completely macerated. Pour into a fine mesh cocktail-sized strainer that’s been placed over the other half of the cocktail shaker. Stir the pulp occasionally to help get all the juice out. Once the dripping stops, use the leftover peach pulp for another purpose (e.g., stir into plain or vanilla yogurt for peach yogurt, which will keep in your ‘frig for days if you manage not to eat it up immediately). Pour the juice into a measuring vessel of appropriate size (e.g., shot glass).
Pour measured vodka and peach juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a splash of seltzer water (add more seltzer water as needed to suit your personal preferences). Garnish with a peach slice and fresh cayenne pepper.
Beyond cocktails, this year I made some peach jam. (I used this recipe, but substituted lime juice for lemon juice and added the zest of two limes). You can make this cocktail using any peach jam:
Jammin’ Titan: Peachy Cocktail
1 Tablespoon peach jam, preferably homemade using Titan Farms peaches
1.5 oz. Kentucky Bourbon, perhaps something you picked up along The B-Line
Put jam into a cocktail shaker with the bourbon. Shake vigorously with ice until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass that has a thick layer of crushed ice on the bottom. Add two splashes of ginger ale (feel free to use more or less to taste…though the ultimate goal is to be able to taste all three ingredients mingling in happy balance, not just the ginger ale). Garnish with a peach slice.
- Fresh South Carolina peaches are available May through September.
- Peaches were declared South Carolina’s official state fruit in 1984.
- Titan Farms is the largest peach grower in the state of South Carolina and the second biggest in the U.S.
- Search “Titan” on this site to find more recipes featuring Titan Farms peaches!
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