It may be the end of summer. We may have already started into the fall recipes here on the blog. BUT, with all of that said, I still have this tiny bit of summer cheer left in me. That and an additional 10 pounds of freshly-frozen local peaches that I picked not too long ago.
While fresh peaches may give off a shine of summer, fresh Peach Simple Syrup will most certainly make for the perfect ‘cheers to you, summer’ cocktail to end things with a bang before pulling out the rakes and pumpkins.
If you want to read a bit about how I ended up with a million, bazillion pounds of fresh, local peaches, be sure to check out the Maple Whiskey Peach Fritters post. You could also use a few slices of the extra fuzzy fruits like we did to accent our recent Dipped Shortbread Cookies.
I refuse to toss out a single extra one of the peaches that I gave my blood, sweat and tears to pick during this summer. I’ll go buy another freezer if I have to. These suckers are mine and will be used all winter long if I have anything to say about it. First on the list has to be the most simple recipe for peach simple syrup.
Simple syrup can be used in a lot of things. You can use it in baking when it calls for a sweetener, toss it lightly with fruit salad to give it a bit of a kick, make a delicious sorbet sweetener with fresh fruit, and of course– cocktails. That’s really why we are all here, right?
Peach is a flavor that accents drinks that are already sweet or have a deep flavor alike. The crispness of the southern staple fruit will help to add a bit of acidity to an overly-sweet concoction or calm a strong, smooth bourbon to give it a delicious caramel-like presentation. You really can’t lose when it comes to using this fruit to spruce up your show.
Simple syrup can be made a few different ways. My favorite recipe is technically known as a rich simple. This means that it is extra sweet, profiting when you mix drinks by allowing you to use only half as much. That means more room for the booze, y’all. Winner, winner sugar dinner! A rich simple is a 2:1 dilution, whereas a simple syrup is a 1:1. Sugar:Water, respectively.
To turn this bar basic recipe into something a bit more special, I added the fruit. You really can do this with just about any fruit. Citrus that is softer will be faster to result in product. I haven’t yet tried this with apples, but I bet it would make for a delicious fall mixer as well.
As a side note: You will see in the pictures that I added some of the sliced peaches into the bottle after the syrup was finished reducing. Do not do what I did. Do what I say, not as I do. Something like that… It exploded. Like… Heard hissing coming from the shelf packed with bottles and then resulted in my cleaning the entire ceiling when I went in for a closer look. My excitement in making this quick pick recipe completely over-shadowerd the fact that fruit will indeed ferment and produce not only alcohol (peach moonshine, y’all!) but gases. Gases in a closed bottle = horrible idea. Don’t do it. That is unless you have a still setup in the forrest or something and go by the name Jim Bob Tom.
I generally go through phases where I make several different blended simples to keep on the bar shelves. Not only can you find some cute bottles to put it in to spruce up the display, but they always add a personal, unique depth to the cocktails you will be handing out. I can’t help but think this bright orange booze companion would be perfect for this year’s Halloween party!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 peach, sliced (frozen can be used after thawed)
- ½ teaspoon citric acid, optional (read below)
- Bring water and sugar to a boil.
- Add peaches and stir well.
- Add citric acid for longer storage and to maintain color longer.
- Reduce to simmer after sugar is completely dissolved.
- Crush peaches when soft to release more flavor into the syrup.
- Reduce to simmer, cover and cook down for ~25-30 minutes.
- Syrup will be VERY hot. Be cautious.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Strain peaches from syrup. Failure to do this could result in the bottle exploding. (read blog post!)
- Bottle and enjoy in your favorite recipes.
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What will you miss most about summer? Most excited about for fall? Let us know below!