I use the fresh fruit to prepare past favorite recipes plus create at least one new drink recipe that showcases the peaches’ juicy deliciousness. I’ve reached the point where I have so many past favorites that I can’t seem to get my hands on enough peaches, especially this summer of 2020!
Titan Farms is the largest peach grower in South Carolina—and the nation’s second biggest in the nation. Titan Farms grows more peaches than the entire state of Georgia! Best of all, the peaches are reliably delicious.
If you’re in the mood for instant gratification, this year’s Titan Farms peach cocktail creation is not for you. In that case, enter “Titan” into the search feature on this site to find previous recipes to enjoy now. If, however, you’re willing to plan ahead, this cocktail is well worth the wait.
I’m calling this year’s cocktail creation the Hindsight Cooler.
What’s in the name? As is often said, “Hindsight is 2020.” Believe me, if I’d have known how the summer of 2020 would turn out, I’d have prepared a lot more peaches for long-term storage. Last summer, it was easy to get my hands on dozens upon dozens of Titan Farms peaches. This year, when each trip outside my house to buy food is its own kind of risky business, it’s much more challenging to source peaches in bulk. Fortunately, I still have some of last year’s fruit lingering around (as liqueur, frozen slices, canned halves, and barbecue sauce…though my supply is dwindling too fast). This new cocktail recipe makes use of fresh peaches as well as some peach liqueur made using last year’s crop.
To make this cocktail, you’ll need to make the liqueur now and hold onto it until next year’s fresh peach crop comes in. It’s worth the wait!
1 ounce fresh peach juice
1 ounce homemade peach liqueur (recipe below)
1/4 ounce homemade ginger syrup (recipe below)
Tonic (such as Fever-Tree Premium Indian tonic water)
To juice a peach: Peel, pit, and chop a very ripe peach 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 a measuring cup or other container. Stir the pulp occasionally to help get all the juice out, without pushing it down through the strainer. 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).
Combine fresh peach juice, homemade peach liqueur, and ginger syrup in half a cocktail shaker or measuring cup. Stir. Pour over ice into a rocks glass. Top off with tonic.
Cheers to some serious yum!
Homemade Peach Liqueur
2 cups ripe, fresh Titan peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
375 ml vodka (your favorite cheap, neutral one is perfect)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Put the fruit into a quart-sized canning jar. Add the vodka and sugar. Cover with lid and screwband, and shake vigorously. Set the jar in a dark pantry for at least 6 weeks, shaking it periodically. (The sugar may take a few days to dissolve; don’t worry, it will eventually.)
Strain the contents of the jar through a mesh colander lined with a few layers of cheesecloth. If the liqueur is cloudy, strain a second time through a coffee filter. Pour into a clean jar or bottle and cap.
The liqueur can be enjoyed immediately but will develop more flavor over the next several months. The color may fade after 1 year, but the liqueur won’t go bad. FYI: I made my homemade peach liqueur in 2019 and am using it now, nearly a full year later.
@21plusTravel Tip: If you want to enjoy some peach liqueur before next year’s peach harvest, you probably need to make a double batch. Now that I’ve created this cocktail, I wish I’d made a double batch last year!
Homemade Ginger Syrup
1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vodka
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Add ginger slices. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for 1 hour. Strain into a container. Add vodka as preservative. Cap and shake. Refrigerate.
- 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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