I made this Ginger Peach Cooler simply because I had a bunch of peaches that were starting to get a little wrinkly and really needed to be eaten up. You can see their somewhat sorry shape in the photo but I wasn’t about to run out to the store just to buy pretty peaches for this picture. Sorry. You’ll just have to use your imagination this time. They were, however, so sweet and tasty that I figured I’d either have to bake with them or mush them into a cocktail.
Mush them into a cocktail seemed like the logical thing to do!
I love the flavor combination of ginger and peach. One of my favorite teas is a Ginger Peach Tea from Stash. I’ve also made a Peach Ginger-tini before that I really love! (BTW, looking at the picture on that recipe, I suddenly don’t feel so bad about having some slightly wrinkled peaches in the picture above. I definitely need to update that picture…soon!) Anyways, now with my need to use up several peaches, I thought it was a good time to create another, slightly different cocktail. One on ice. So what if it’s only noon…it is Friday after all! A perfect time to experiment in the bar.
I went to work and peeled the wrinkly little peaches and threw them in my blender with a handful of mint leaves and gave it a good whirl until they were all pureed. Now you wouldn’t even know they were sad-looking peaches! I liked the flavor of the peach/mint puree by itself, it was so sweet that it didn’t need any simple syrup. If your peaches aren’t as sweet as you would like, just add a dash of simple syrup (or mint simple syrup) to the puree. To make the Ginger Peach Cooler, I just combined some vodka with the puree and topped it off with Ginger Ale. That’s it.
This Ginger Peach Cooler is really delicious…and it couldn’t be much easier to make! Oh, and if you want a virgin cooler, or what many call a “mocktail” just omit the vodka!