Savoring Summer

Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but I’m scared to think about the fact that summer may soon be over as it is undoubtedly my favorite time of the year. As such, it seems now is the time to soak up the last bit of sun that peaks its way through the mid-afternoon clouds and light showers that this summer has brought in New England.

With that also comes the need to savor the last of the seasonal fruit and vegetable offerings – sweet summer corn, asparagus, avocado and melons, among others.

Peaches are also among these top summer hits and are a most useful ingredient in both food and cocktail recipes. As inspiration, I saw this “Perfect Peach” post by Kelly Carámbula on Serious Eats and then meandered to Kelly’s own site where I immediately fell in love with the ideas behind her Peach Slushes recipe.

So now I have a roundup of peach recipes to stir up both around the office and at home, but my next task is how best to incorporate the versatile and all-natural Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps I also have on hand- you know, to keep the drinks boozey and all…

On a hot summer day, it seems best to stick to a tired and true cocktail formula and stir up this recipe for a Fresh Peach Martini.

Fresh Peach Martini:

  • 2 parts ABSOLUT Citron® Vodka
  • ¾ part Hiram Walker® Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Fresh Sour Mix
  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh peach slice (frozen slice will work, too, if you don’t have any fresh handy) and serve.

Expect some follow up on the blog here as I work through these delightful peach recipes for the remainder of the summer. If you have other recipes to share that incorporate some of those great summer fruits and veggies I mentioned above (kudos to the one out there who has a recipe with corn as an ingredient hanging around!) I’d love to hear your ideas!


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