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This fruity, peach gin cocktail is the best way to use up your leftover peaches. Fresh peach syrup gives this drink an intense peach flavor that pairs so well with a very slight taste of gin. With a dash of club soda for a bit of fizz, this is the perfect end-of-summer and start-of-fall cocktail.
Why this is the best gin peach cocktail:
- It has an intense peach flavor. Some cocktail recipes soak peaches in alcohol, or muddle them to try to infuse flavor. But this only leaves a mild, unsatisfying peach flavor. Instead, this cocktail uses syrup and peach nectar for a powerfully flavorful drink that will knock any other peach cocktail you’ve had out of the water.
- It’s made with homemade peach syrup. Peach syrup is easy to make in 15 to 20 minutes using a couple of fresh peaches. It adds a pure peach flavor that is absolutely addicting, and best of all, uses no artificial flavoring.
- It’s not too sweet or too strong. There is just the right balance of sweetness in this cocktail. It’s not too sugary, and only has a hint of a taste of gin.
Ingredients & Substitutions:
- Gin: If you have a favorite type of gin, use that. Otherwise use whatever brand you have on hand. Since this is a mixed drink, you don’t need to use super high quality gin. If you don’t have gin, you can also make this drink with rum or vodka instead.
- Peach Syrup: This syrup is incredibly easy to make using only peaches, sugar and water. You can make a large batch in advance to quickly make a bunch of cocktails at a time. You can replace this with a store bought syrup, but make sure it is a syrup that is meant to be used in drinks.
- Peach Nectar: Try to use a high quality pure peach nectar. Avoid overly sugary juices. If you have a juicer at home, you could also make your own peach nectar.
- Lemon Juice: A little bit of lemon juice brings out the other flavors. Use freshly squeezed juice.
- Club Soda: This adds a bit of fizz and slightly dilutes the strong peach syrup flavor for the best balance. Club soda is best for this drink because it adds fizz without other flavors, unlike sprite. As a substitution, you could use an unflavored sparkling water.
How to make the peach simple syrup:
For detailed instructions, see the full peach syrup recipe.
On a saucepan over medium to high heat, heat 1 cup of fresh peaches, cut into chunks, ½ cup of granulated sugar and ⅓ cup water. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove it from the heat and pass the syrup through a strainer. Let it cool to room temperature before using it in your cocktail.
Definitely! If you’re looking for a peach gin recipe, this is a great drink to use it in. However, you don’t have to buy it specifically for this drink— if you have regular gin on hand, just use that.
We’ve tried this drink with peach schnapps but it overdoes it a bit on the peach flavor.
- Use fresh ice when serving. Never use the same ice you used in the cocktail shaker. Always serve the drink with fresh ice. The ice in the cocktail shaker has been broken down and will water down your drink very quickly.
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a mason jar. You can add the cocktail ingredients and a handful of ice to a mason jar, put on the lid and shake to combine. Use a strainer to separate out the ice.
- 1 oz = 2 tablespoons = ⅛ cup. If you prefer, you can measure this drink in tablespoons or cups instead.