Now that it's June, it's peach season here in Georgia. They're definitely one of the most delicious summer fruits! Making this fresh produce into a virgin peach daiquiri is a fantastic idea!
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What's in a peach daiquiri?
There's just a few things in this simple drink, so it's important to use good quality, fresh ingredients for the best flavor.
- Peaches: use fresh, ripe ones instead of canned.
- Simple Syrup: sweetens the drink.
- Lemon Juice: squeeze your own for the best flavor.
- Rum Extract: adds flavor and simulates the taste of an alcoholic daiquiri.
- Crushed Ice: cools and thickens the drink.
- Fresh Mint: use as a garnish to add a splash of green.
How do you peel peaches?
Peeling peaches isn't hard, but just make sure to pick the method that best suits their ripeness. If you have quite soft, fully ripe peaches, blanch them.
Cut a shallow X in the skin on the pointed end of the peach.
Submerge the peaches in boiling water for 40-60 seconds.
Immediately transfer the peaches to a bowl of ice water to cool.
Slowly peel off the skins; they should come off easily. If the skins don't come off easily, that means they weren't ripe enough for this method to work.
If you have mostly ripe, but firm peaches, cut off the peels with a paring knife or veggie peeler.
Can I make this daiquiri ahead of time?
Yes, you can make it ahead of time. Pour the daiquiri into a freezer-safe pitcher or glasses and freeze. Let it thaw for a few minutes, then break it up with a fork until smooth.
How to Make
Gather the ingredients and cut up the peaches. If you're using fresh ones like I did, make sure to peel them first.
Add the peaches to a blender and puree them.
Add the simple syrup, lemon juice, and rum extract.
Stir everything together in a pitcher or blend to combine.
Blend in 2 cups of crushed ice if desired.
Pour into hurricane glasses right away.
Garnish with fresh mint and enjoy! This is the best part, right?
- Use fresh peaches instead of canned for a better flavor.
- Squeeze your own lemon juice for the best taste. The bottled kind doesn't taste as good!
- Don't have simple syrup? Make your own by stirring together 1 cup of sugar (296g) with 1 cup of water (236 ml) in a small saucepan until dissolved, then chill until needed.
- Make a frozen daiquiri by freezing the fresh peaches on a cookie sheet for a few hours until solid, then blend them with the other ingredients.
- If you're making a frozen daiquiri, use a powerful blender. Start on low for 20-30 seconds or so, then turn to high speed.
- Amici Hurricane Glasses: these beautiful glasses are perfect for daiquiris.
- Bamboo Citrus Reamer: a very handy and efficient tool for juicing citrus fruits.
- Emeril Lagasse 1-Quart Saucepan: this small pot is useful for making simple syrup and sauces.
- Farberware Measuring Spoons: this convenient set of measuring spoons are easy to use.
Other Non-Alcoholic Drinks
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Virgin Peach Daiquiri
- 6 cups peeled and diced fresh peaches (about 8 large peaches)
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ teaspoon rum extract
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint
Preparing the Peaches (30 minutes)
- Rinse about 8 large peaches, then peel them. If they aren't very soft, peel them with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. However, if they are very soft and ripe, cut a shallow X at the pointed end of each peach and submerge them in boiling water for 40-60 seconds, then place in an ice water bath to cool. The skin should peel off easily.
- Cut the peaches by slicing them in half, then twisting or pulling the two halves apart. Pull or cut out the pit, then cut each one into 8 slices. Cut each slice into 4-5 smaller chunks. You should have 6 cups of diced peaches (1.05 kg).
Making the Peach Daiquiri (20 minutes)
- Puree the fruit 1 cup at a time. You should have about 4 cups of puree.
- Stir together the puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, and rum extract in a large pitcher; then pour 2 cups of the mixture into the blender. Gradually blend in half of the crushed ice, then divide the daiquiri among four 12-ounce hurricane glasses.
- Repeat with the remaining mixture and crushed ice. Serve the daiquiris immediately with a sprig of fresh mint.
- Use fresh peaches instead of canned for a better flavor. If you are using canned, use two 29-ounce cans of sliced peaches in juice, and add additional lemon juice and rum extract to taste.
- Squeeze your own lemon juice for the best flavor.
- Make your own simple syrup. Stir together 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of filtered water in a small saucepan set over medium heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Chill until cool.
- Adjust the flavorings to taste. Depending upon the fruit, you might need to add extra simple syrup.
- Want a frozen daiquiri? Freeze the peeled and diced fresh peaches on a cookie sheet for a few hours, then blend with the remaining ingredients except the fresh mint. Be sure to use a powerful blender.