I’m on a serious mission to “eat the Summer”. Local produce is abundant (and almost overwhelming) at the moment. And I want to taste it all. I want to fill my belly with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries and everything in between. In hopes that when Old Man Winter arrives, I’ll be able to retain some warm memories of the sweet, juicy flavors that this season has to offer.
But why should we just “eat the Summer” when we could also drink it? Farm-to-glass is just as important as farm-to-table. And that’s exactly what today’s post is all about. Welcome to the 2016 addition of #drinkthesummer! A crazy awesome round-up of bloggers bringing their best seasonally-inspired cocktail and mocktail recipes to the internet. I hope you’re thirsty!
I couldn’t think of a better recipe for #drinkthesummer than something that was actually created with the heat of the Summer sun. So I made a sun tea with fresh peaches, lemon and a little maple syrup. And I made damn sure to use the ripest, juiciest peaches that I could find for maximum peach flavor. I highly suggest you try and do the same.
Sun tea is all about patience. You’ll want to let your tea brew in direct sunlight for 4-6 hours. And then give it some time in your refrigerator to chill before serving. So be sure to start your journey early in the day if you want to enjoy these Peach Sun Tea and Bourbon Cocktails as an evening sipper.
If you prefer, you can certainly serve this as a non-alcohol beverage. But the splash of bourbon and peach brandy is a nice addition, in my humble opinion. I hope you try it out.
You can find links to all the other bloggers recipes on Sherrie’s blog right here. There are over 50 amazing recipes being contributed this year. Hooray! And I want to send out a big thank you to Sherrie for organizing the event and bringing us all together to #drinkthesummer!
- For the Peach Sun Tea
- 8 cup pitcher or mason jar
- 7 black tea bags
- 2 peaches, sliced
- 1 lemon, quartered
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 5 cups water
- For the Cocktails
- Peach Sun Tea
- Peach brandy
- Peach slices for garnish, if desired
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish, if desired
- Make the sun tea. Add the tea bags and sliced peaches to your pitcher/jar. Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the pitcher/jar and then drop in the spent rinds. Add the maple syrup and water. Stir to combine. Seal your pitcher/jar and place it outside in the direct sun for 4-6 hours, stirring/shaking two or three times during this time.
- After the tea has brewed, transfer your pitcher/jar to your refrigerator to chill.
- Make the cocktails. For one cocktail, strain 1 cup of the peach sun tea into a glass with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces (= 1 shot) of bourbon and 3/4 ounces (= 1/2 shot) of brandy. Stir to combine. Garnish with peach slices and fresh mint, if desired. Enjoy immediately.
I’m 100% in support of the farm to glass movement, let’s help it move along! : ) I have to admit, I never make sun tea because I’m impatient as hell, but for this..I will wait! xoxo
Set it up before going to work one day and then you’ll have sun tea when you come home!
I’m on a serious peach kick, so I think these are right up my alley! Love! xoxo
You’re going to love it for sure!
Like you, I’ve been trying to eat as much seasonal produce as I can. I seriously can’t get enough corn. I’m obsessed. Feels like it’s taken forever to get local tomatoes, though, and that makes me sad… but they’re slowly making their way to our CSA box. The heirlooms have been stunning.
I haven’t made sun tea in years and had never thought to make it boozy. But here it is… with bourbon. And now I can’t think of anything more wonderful.
I had kind of forgotten about sun tea as well. I used to make it when I lived in California. And hadn’t done it in years. Happy to have it back in my life!
I am so dreading the end of summer produce. What will I have then? Apples and pumpkins? Not good enough. This looks delicious. Happy #drinkthesummer to you!
Right? Ugh I’m going to be so sad when Summer is over and all the beautiful produce is gone. Sigh. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts. Cheers!
Sun teeeeeeea! My mom always made sun tea as a kid, so this brings me back! Love the idea of a peach infused version, plus adding bourbon is always a-okay by me. Cheers to drinking the summer!
An adult version of the sun tea you enjoyed as a kid! 🙂
This is gorgeous! I am so going to miss all the fresh ripe fruit and the peaches look fabulous in here 🙂
Thanks, Medha! I’ll be so sad when peaches are gone.
I’m with ya Liz on that serious mission to eat and drink the summer!! My son Sean is going to LOVE this cocktail! He is a huge peach tea fan and bourbon is his alcoholic beverage of choice!! Can’t wait for him to try!
Sound right up his alley! Report back!
I agree, we SHOULD also drink summer. Especially if it involves bourbon, a liquor I’ve come to appreciate in my adulthood. 🙂
Glad you’re on the bourbon train now!
YAY recipe twins. I love that someone else thought of this genius idea. Your drink sound so amazing, Liz. I can’t wait to try it since I already know how. You take gorgeous photos!!
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment. Cheers!
I don’t know if I live under a rock or something but I have literally never heard of sun tea until just now. Is that weird? I feel like it is. Anyway, this sounds lovely and refreshing, Liz! I want to be sitting on a dock with you, sippin on some peach-y boozy sun tea!
Let’s make that happen ASAP!
The light and your capture here is just stunning (all of your photog is but the light here, oh my!) Sun tea, like bourbon is a Southern staple! I grew up on it … well, not the bourbon. But the flavors marry perfectly together! It’s been too long since I’ve had bourbon peach sun tea, Liz!! I SO needed this! Absolutely love the maple syrup addition too.. such a smart idea. Summer produce has finally arrived on Whidbey Island. I have trouble sometimes keeping up with our CSA, in a good way! Cucumbers and zucchini are making their way into everything! Need a zucchini cocktail Liz! LOL! Have a fabulous weekend!
I think maybe zucchini in a bloody mary would be good, don’t you? 🙂
These are just gorgeous, Liz – the lighting and the peaches and the styling – I will have to incorporate all of the excess Colorado sunshine with all of the Colorado peaches happening right now. XO!
Thanks, Jayme. You guys have got some nice strong sun beams that are perfect for making sun tea!
I’ve been trying to eat and drink as much of the summer as possible – fruits and veggies are never better! I’m wishing I could replace the iced tea I’m drinking right now with your version. So beautiful, Liz!
The season goes by all too quickly! I hope you get yourself some “adult” tea this weekend! 🙂
I brew my own kombucha, yet I’ve never even thought about making sun tea before this. That just doesn’t make sense to me. I obviously need to change that before summer ends. And bourbon seems kinda mandatory here – for me at least!
Yeah I think making sun tea is way easier than making kombucha, so I’m sure you’ll be a pro. And heck yes to bourbon!
Eat the summer. Drink the summer. It’s all the same! These are wonderful Liz, thanks for hanging with us, xx!
Thanks for hosting the party, girlfriend!