How to Make Peach Punch

hage-peach-vrijstHow to Make Peach Punch

Peach is great in desserts, fruit salads or just eaten on its own, but it’s also a great ingredient for drinks. Liven up your end of summer barbecues with a peach punch or peach wine recipe for some very adult refreshment.

Summer peach cocktail
This sophisticated cocktail tastes deeply of summer.
To serve eight:
4 tablespoons caster sugar
Zest and juice of 1 and a half lemons
75cl bottle of rose wine
150ml peach schnapps
1 peach
Half a lemon
Ice cubes
1 litre of soda or tonic water

Add the sugar and lemon zest to a saucepan with 100ml of water and heat gently, stirring regularly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool then add to a serving jug with the lemon juice, rose and peach schnapps. To serve, pour over ice and top up with soda or tonic water to taste. Garnish with slices of peach and lemon.

Sunset raspberry and peach cocktail
This summery cocktail looks as good as it tastes.
To serve ten:
2 peaches, peeled and stoned
100g raspberries
One and a half tablespoons golden caster sugar
1 lemon, juiced
Champagne or other good sparkling wine

Put the peaches into a food processor with half of the lemon juice and whizz until they form a smooth puree. Do the same with the raspberries, golden caster sugar and the rest of the lemon juice, then pass the puree through a fine sieve to remove the seeds. The purees can be made a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator until you need them.

To serve, pour a layer of raspberry puree unto the bottom of a champagne flute, followed by a layer of peach puree. Top up the flutes with champagne or sparkling wine.

Peach Bellini cocktail
This famous cocktail works in the evening or with breakfast, Buck’s Fizz style.
2 ripe peaches, peeled, stoned and halved Chilled champagne or good sparkling wine

Blend the peaches to make a smooth puree. Fill a champagne coupe up to a third with the peach puree, then top up with the champagne or sparkling wine. Serve garnished with a couple of peach slices.

Light, dry peach wine recipe
Make up peach wine with a home brewing kit as you would any other wine, using the following ingredients:

2kg fresh peaches, stoned
725kg sugar
5g citric acid
Half a teaspoon tartaric acid
pectic enzyme
Yeast and nutrient

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