A couple of weeks ago, I made "Peach Collins" from a Sunset magazine recipe. Sure enough, it was as fresh and summery a cocktail as I'd hoped it would be. In fact, we could not believe how smooth it was, how invisible the peach vodka became. After a few more sips, I realized the reason was that I had, indeed, forgotten to add the vodka. The result was a perfect afternoon drink.
The Near-Peach Collins adapted from Sunset
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup chopped ripe peaches, divided
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 2 peach slices
- 1/4 c simple syrup
2. Divide unstrained mixture between 2 tall glasses. Add half the remaining chopped peaches to each, then fill glasses with ice. Top each glass with 1/4 cup club soda and garnish with a peach slice.
And, of course, if you'd like to make a cocktail, add 1/2 c peach vodka to the end of step #1.
A Summer List of Likes:
*Ben's text today to tell me that at 11AM, it was 8-9-10-11 (aug 9, 2010, 11:00)
*watermelon lemonade -- I have yet to make this myself, but have had it two different places now and cannot get enough
*the sound of hot jars of jam sucking sealed on the counter
*$4 movies on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our movie theatre
*the anticipation of Fall's newness already creeping in -- setting up the pieces for our new rhythm
*a sense of settling peace today after a week of knots and wonderings
*summer tutoring -- hours at an old wooden table talking about Lord of the Flies -- and the little itch to teach again that these sessions have inflamed
*the smell of fresh plum cake waiting in the kitchen (if it turned out, I will post the recipe), and ripe farmers' market stone fruit
*LA portraits of the kids from our weekend away with Ben's dad: