We’re smack in the middle of peach season, and Aimee and I are trying our hands at different peach recipes (check out her yummy panzanella dish). So what do I do when life gives me peaches? I make peach lemonade… and add lots of rum. It's a tasty peach cocktail with a kick.
The Georgian Holiday is a seasonal peach-lemonade with rum, basil and mint. I recommend white peaches if you can find them – the fruit holds up a bit better than yellow peaches and are the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Handcrafted, made-to-order cocktails are the best. But when you want to enjoy a party instead of being shackled to the bar all evening, a pre-made punch can free you up to enjoy yourself. I’ll make a pitcher of Georgian Holidays and take them to the pool, or on a picnic, along with some cold, bubbly Topo Chico.
To make a mocktail version, just leave out the rum. It's not as fun, but you'll still have a delicious peach mocktail by your side, so who cares? Then it's kid-friendly too!
Georgian Holiday: A peachy rum punch
- 1 can frozen lemonade
- 1 ½ cans rum
- 3 peaches peeled, pitted and diced
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- Topo Chico or club soda to taste
- Empty can of frozen lemonade into a 2-quart pitcher
- Use the empty lemonade can to measure out 1 ½ cans of rum to the pitcher
- Add 8 basil leaves and 6 mint leaves, reserve the rest for garnish
- Shake or stir ingredients and chill in the refrigerator until needed
- Fill a highball glass with ice, strain the lemonade mix into the bottom half of the glass, and top off with Topo Chico. Stir and garnish with basil and mint leaves.