Everyone knows that spring and summer mean peach season 🍑
It also usually means sipping cocktails in the sun, beach days, BBQs, and a lot more outdoor time than it looks like we’ll be enjoying this summer. Just because all of outside seems to be off-limits and gatherings are canceled for the foreseeable future doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good summer cocktail. In fact, if you ask me, it’s probably a really good reason to mix up a drink. Just sayin’.
Chris and I have been keeping our bare pretty well-stocked these days. Warm days being cooped up inside have us wanting cocktails a little more often than usual, and being home more has given us both the time to experiment a little more. Chris is really the bartender in the house. He has a background in alcohol sales and tastings, so I generally let him do the experimenting or mixing up the classics.
As part of our bar restock, I got us a new bar tool set and a sample pack from Meadowland Syrup. We discovered Meadowland Syrup when we went apple picking last fall, and I was dying to try more. This cocktail is heavily inspired by the Pink Lady Simple Syrup, which has notes of peaches and thyme. I mixed the syrup with both gin and tequila. Both cocktails were good, but not quite what I was looking for. I ran out of syrup and had to get creative.
The last two Christmases, my dad has sent Chris and me a few jars of peach jam. It’s from a local woman in the town he lives in, and it’s phenomenal. When I ran out of the Meadowlands Syrup, I replaced it with jam and freshly muddled thyme and came up with an incredibly refreshing and delicious cocktail.
This cocktail gently whispers summer to me. It’s a little sweet, herbaceous, has a nice bite of ginger, and is gently bubbly. It’s the color of a summer dusk, and it’s so refreshing on a hot day.
This recipe is for two, but it can easily be halved or multiplied.
Summer Sunset Cocktail Ingredients:
- 4 shots of vodka
- 3 Tablespoons Peach Jam
- 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
- Ginger Beer
- Lots of Ice
Summer Sunset Directions:
- Place the thyme in a shaker and muddle until fragrant. (You can find our bar tool set here.)
- Add vodka, peach jam, and ice. Shake well.
- Fill two short tumblers with ice. Strain the vodka mixture over ice, dividing evenly between the two glasses.
- Top with ginger beer.
Depending on how aggressively you muddle (I am an aggressive muddler), you might get pieces of thyme in your drink… I actually kind of like the little bits of fresh thyme floating around. You may also notice when you drink this, that it drinks easily. The vodka is not very noticeable, but tread lightly, my friends! This one will sneak up on you!
The other nice thing about the subtlety of the alcohol in this drink? It can easily be made a mocktail without sacrificing any of the flavor.
Whether you drink the adult or virgin variation of this cocktail, cheers! Here’s to getting back outside soon and to your health ❤️
Make sure you tag me on Instagram when you make this for a virtual cheers!