Summer weather calls for a refreshing peach gin cocktail. It's the perfect summer cocktail but really, any time of the year whether it's a hot day or warm day in autumn calls for this peach cocktail!
The combination of the fresh fruits, botanical flavors, and fresh herbs make it a delicious cocktail that you definitely cannot only have one glass but a few! As usual, I'm only making a glass for myself, but if you want to share this with friends, make a large jug!
FLAVORS OF THE PEACH GIN COCKTAIL
Sweet - Peaches usually harvest around summer time to early autumn in New Jersey, and they're so sweet when they're in-season. I used extra ripe peaches for the syrup, so it has a very natural peach sweetness and fragrance.
Botanical / Bitter - Peaches and tea is such a classic pairing, so I used black tea. The bitterness in the tea balances perfectly with the fruit's sweetness. To add to the flavor complexity and complement it, I chose a botanical gin because of its natural botanical make up.
Saucepan - Use a saucepan to cook the peach syrup
Cocktail Glass - Highball glass or champagne coupe works for this drink. If you add any soda water, a highball glass is better, but if you keep the volume low, a champagne coupe is perfect. It has such a pretty and fun shape!
Jigger - You need a jigger to measure, but a shot glass or your eyeballs work.
Cocktail Shaker - You want the flavors to be combined and chilled, so shake up your drink.
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
Gin - Dry gin, botanical gin or your favorite classic gin
Black Tea - I used Lipton Black tea.
Syrup - I made a homemade simple syrup using fresh peaches.
Sours - I didn't add any sours to this cocktail because I love the taste of sweet peach syrups with the botanical gin. If you want to balance out the sweetness, feel free to add a half ounce of fresh lemon juice or lime juice.
Garnish - No cocktail is complete without a garnish! I used fresh mint leaves to give it pop of green. Another idea is to top it with several peach slices or a peach wedge, so you even get a little snack with the drink. Who doesn't love that?
HOW TO MAKE THE PEACH SYRUP?
In a saucepan, add 1 cup of water with half a diced or sliced peaches. Make sure to include the peach skin for a pretty pink-orange color. Let it boil until the peaches breakdown and the peach flavor come out. Add a cup of sugar and adjust as needed. If you're using ripe peaches, the natural sweetness of peaches might be enough and you can add less sugar. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the syrup thickens.
HOW TO MAKE THE TEA?
There are two ways to make the tea. One way is the usual way that most people do, which is to steep the tea bag in hot water for 3-5 minutes and let it cool. Or stick it in the fridge for it to cool quicker. The other way is cold brew. You can add a tea bag to a mason jar, add a cup of room temperature water, and let it sit for 1 to 4 hrs. Make sure to remove the tea bag after 4 hours. If not, it can get too bitter. Chill in the fridge or let it sit in room temperature, and you're always ready for this cocktail.
HOW TO MAKE A PEACH GIN COCKTAIL?
In a cocktail shaker, add in peach syrup, your favorite gin of your choice, black tea, and ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a coupe if you want to drink it as is or into a highball glass over ice. And then, top it with soda water of your choice.
A lot of times, I make fruit syrups because my fruits are ripen before I had the chance to eat them. It's great because ripe peaches have more natural sweetness. Taste it before adding the sugar and feel free to adjust to your liking. Syrups are easy to store and can last up to a month or more in the fridge, so if you like, make the syrups beforehand.
Prepare the tea beforehand, so when you want to make it, it'll be easy and convenient. However, you're a last minute person and randomly have cravings like me, steep the black tea in hot water, stick it in the freezer for half an hour to cool or use extra ice and shake it until it chills. Trust me, this trick works.
Boil water to a rolling boil, and pour over the tea leaves (or bag). Steep the tea for about 3 to 5 minutes. For stronger, flavors steep longer and remove the tea leaves when it's ready.
White peaches are sweeter, juicier and less acidic than yellow peaches, but since you're making a syrup, it doesn't matter too much on what type of peaches you use.
Peach Gin Cocktail
- 1 jigger
- 2 Mason jars for the tea-infused gin and syrup
- 1 saucepan to cook the peach syrup
- 1 champagne coupe
- 1 cocktail shaker
Alcohol & Modifiers
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz black tea
- 1 oz peach syrup ½ peach, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar
- 2 oz club soda
- 1 slice peach
- 1 sprig mint
- Cut up half a peach
- Place peaches and sugar in a pot of water
- Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until thicken and color becomes light peachy orange
- Strain (optional) and store in mason jar
- Steep black tea in a cup or mason jar for 3-5 minutes and let it chill
- Add peach syrup, black tea, gin, and ice to a cocktail shaker
- Shake for 10 seconds until combined
- Add ice to the glass
- Strain the cocktail into the glass
- Top with club soda (optional)
- Garnish & enjoy!