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Peach White Wine Slushies

An Insanely easy and satisfying summertime sip
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Summertime marks the season for slushies, friends. And not just any slushy; I’m talking about peach white wine slushies.  They’re tart, refreshing and quite possibly the easiest drink drink you’ve ever made boasting only 3 ingredients!   

You may remember our incredibly popular frose, or rose slushy, recipe.  While that’s still one of our favorites here at team WOM, these peach white wine slushies vie for our love just as hard.  They require a whopping three ingredients; the ones that you’ll almost definitely have on hand whenever the mood strikes for slushies.  

Frozen peaches serve as excellent ice cubes when blended with your favorite bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.  I say Sauv Blanc because I did try it with Pinot Grigio as I was recipe testing and it just wasn’t quite as tasty.  You’ll want some simple syrup to sweeten the batch up once blended, and you can add a gorgeous Georgia peach and some fresh mint from your CSA to garnish.  Believe me when I say, it’s a dangerously delicious drink that will keep you coming back for more.

So next time you’re wondering what to bring to the pool day or out on the boat for a day on the lake, look no further.  My Peach White Wine Slushies are just the thing you need. Truly, MKR

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Peach White Wine Slushies
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc (a selection that's on the sweeter side)
  2. 2-3 bags frozen peaches
  3. simple syrup, to taste
  4. peaches, sliced to garnish
  5. fresh mint, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour wine and frozen peaches into blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add simple syrup to taste, adding more until reaching preferred sweetness.
Notes
  1. Frozen peaches act as your ice cubes, so don't use fresh peaches in their place. Save slices of fresh peaches for garnish.
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The Peach Bellini: The Perfect Brunch Cocktail

Forget the Mimosa, elevate your brunch game with this cocktail
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Back when I lived in Chicago, the city that truly knows how to brunch in my humble opinion, I think I had a peach bellini—or several—every. single. weekend.  This light, refreshing cocktail has always tasted like sunshine on a warm morning to me with a little bubbly. 

Apparently, the Bellini was originally made sans peach, and with sparkling Italian wine…Prosecco to be exact.  Odds are, if you order this drink in Italy you’ll still get it this way.  Fortunately the beloved Bellini has also made its way to us, introducing succulent fresh peaches and Champagne to its list of ingredients. 

This recipe is of course the best when you can use fresh peaches.  So now that peach season is before us, save a few ripe ones for your peach bellini over brunch this weekend!  And if you just can’t wait for the next batch of peaches, don’t worry.  With the growing popularity of the peach bellini, it’s easy to find a ready-to-drink peach bellini in a bottle, and FYI Trader Joes has a GREAT one.  Cheers!  Truly, MKR

P.S. Looking for more brunch-worthy cocktails? Check out our Recipe Index, and pay close attention to our Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade, The John Daly, The Aperol Spritz, Rose Slushy and The Blackberry Bourbon Smash…just to name a few. xo 

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Peach Bellini
Yields 6
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium sized peaches, peeled and cut
  2. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  3. pinch of sugar
  4. 1 bottle Champagne or Prosecco
Instructions
  1. Blend peaches, lemon juice and sugar in blender until smooth.
  2. Strain any remaining peach from mixture.
  3. Fill glasses a quarter full of peach puree, or to preference.
  4. Top off with Champagne or Prosecco.
  5. Garnish with fresh thyme or favorite fresh herb of choice.
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Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade

An Elevated Take on a Classic Southern Staple Sip for Summer
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I don’t know there was ever a better flavor pairing than strawberry and basil.  And when they’re combined in a fresh homemade lemonade recipe, the result is out of this world… the result is refreshing, punchy and the perfect balance of flavors.  Now make the thing boozy, and you’ve got yourself a dangerously easy-to-drink batch cocktail on a hot summer’s day.  Enter my Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade.  

Today’s recipe was actually inspired by the strawberry shortcake my mother recently made for me on my birthday.  I used the extra strawberry puree from the shortcake recipe, grabbed the rest of the ingredients I had on hand, and started messing around.  

I started by pouring regular vodka in the cocktail shaker since I didn’t have basil vodka at home.  I did, however, pull fresh basil from the garden and muddled it in the bottom of the glasses, saving some for garnish at the end.  Basil, like rosemary, goes a long way in cocktails so you really don’t need that much per each drink.  

Next, I added equal parts lemonade and club soda to the shaker.  If you like your lemonade on the sweeter side, go a little heavier on the lemonade.  I used our John Daly recipe for the lemonade here—though you can of course use store-bought lemonade if it’s easier for your occasion—because I knew I would use the sugar cane sticks when garnishing to serve.  These are the sugar sticks typically used in Mojitos, and they can be a bit difficult to find sometimes.  But when I find them, I stock up, because I love how they add a little sweetness to your drink as you chew on them.  

Because I don’t mind having actual fruit puree in my drink, I simply poured the strawberry puree in the drinks.  But if you’re a no-pulp kind of person, consider straining the puree into the glasses when serving for a less chunky effect.  I share my simple recipe for the puree below; all you’ll need is fresh strawberries, sugar and some time for them to macerate.  

All in all, this recipe is your ultimate batch drink.  It’s easy, refreshing, and a true crowd-pleaser this time of year.  When serving, I love using my pink footed goblets by Juliska atop this beautiful wood and marble board from Waiting on Martha Home.   And think how pretty it would be with all of the ingredients set up in a DIY serve-yourself bar at a bridal luncheon, baby shower or barbecue!  Truly, MKR

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Boozy Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. basil vodka (regular vodka can be substituted)
  • equal parts lemonade* and club soda, more lemonade if you prefer it sweeter
  • 1 fresh basil leaf to muddle
  • strawberry puree**
  • plus basil leaf and strawberry to garnish
  • *Homemade lemonade recipe linked in post, store-bought can also be used
  • **For Strawberry Puree
  • fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • if you're fine with the chunks, mash lightly and let it sit there. Otherwise you can use a strainer to get rid of chunks

Instructions

  1. For strawberry puree:
  2. Mash strawberries and sugar together, let sit to macerate.
  3. If you're fine with chunks of strawberry, pour entire mixture into cocktail below.
  4. Otherwise, use a strainer to omit the large pieces of fruit.
  5. For cocktail:
  6. Muddle basil leaf at bottom of glass.
  7. Pour vodka in cocktail shaker.
  8. Add half lemonade, half club soda to cocktail shaker.
  9. Shake, shake, shake.
  10. Pour into glass with muddle basil.
  11. Add strawberry puree into glass.
  12. Garnish with basil leaf and strawberry, and serve.
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