I know the memory of peach season is fading fast as the weeks fly. Summer is long gone now and the spindly limbed maples are dropping their flame-colored stars all around the city. While fall offers its own charms, I am so happy to have this preserved peach shrub, and Steven has been mixing up some tasty cocktails to celebrate.
Seriously, this is the most amazing deliciousness of a drinking vinegar I have made yet. The peaches were so juicy and sweet, that I changed up my usual technique to balance the flavor a bit more on the fruit side. Here’s how it went:
peach purée + golden balsamic shrub
2 cups chopped fresh peaches
1.5 cups organic sugar
1.25 cups organic golden balsamic vinegar
Mix chopped peaches and sugar together in a jar and mash. Cap and allow the sugar to dissolve and draw out the peach juice for about 4 days in the refrigerator. Next pour the syrupy concoction into a blender and purée until smooth. Slowly drizzle in the vinegar and whiz in the blender until combined. Let the flavors meld for about a week in the fridge.
Now make this cocktail…
peach shrub smash cocktail
2 oz good bourbon
1 oz peach shrub
juice of 1/2 a lime