For most people, Labor day marks the end of summer, but in our house, Labor Day marks the beginning of peach season, thanks to a couple of peach trees that are growing in our back yard! Once it is time to harvest, we find ourselves coming up with ways to use the fresh sweet peaches from our trees, from classics like peach crisp to fun desserts like our Bourbon Peach Shortbread Bars. We even use peaches on pizza! Or course being folks who like to make cocktails, we figured we could come up with a great peach cocktail, so after a long hot day picking peaches, we made these refreshing Peach and Basil Moscow Mules!
The peaches in our backyard hold a special place in our heart, as not only are they delicious, but they are actually historic! Originally brought over from Germany back in the 1860’s by Mrs. Nom’s great great grandparents to their homestead in Kansas. Cultivated by her family at every place they have lived and have been passed down to family members to grow at their homes. These peaches are the old fashioned white flesh peaches, sweet and a little tart, great for cooking with or snacking straight off the tree. Our trees have been producing these delicious peaches since our son was born, and he loves them so much he wants a peach pie for his birthday!
After our long hot day harvesting our peaches, we wanted to kick back on our deck and relax with a good sipping drink.One of our favorite summer sippers is a Moscow Mule, the crisp lime and spicy ginger a great combination for beating the heat. The Moscow Mule also happens to be a great starting point for a bunch of great variations like our Peach and Basil Moscow Mule. Combining two classic summer flavors, this drink was like summer in a polished copper mug! The sweet peach really played well with the fizzy bite of the ginger beer. Basil simple syrup adds a sweet herbal note that balances the crisp tartness of the lime juice. A perfect drink for sipping during peach season, the Peach and Basil Moscow Mule is sure to be a hit! Cheers!
Combining fresh peaches, basil simple syrup, fizzy ginger beer and fresh lime juice, this Moscow Mule variation is sure to be a summer sipping classic cocktail!
- 1/3 cup freshly diced peaches
- 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz Basil Simple Syrup (see our Tangerine Basil for the simple syrup recipe)
- 2 oz Vodka
- 4-5 oz ginger beer
- Dice fresh peaches into small pieces and place into the bottom of a Moscow Mule Mug
- Add in Basil Simple Syrup and lime juice.
- Muddle the peaches until completely broken up.
- Add vodka.
- FIll the mug with crushed ice.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a fresh peach slice and a basil leaf.
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