Recipe: Peach Vodka Lemonade

by Nealey on June 7, 2011

Peach Vodka LemonadeIn case you haven’t noticed, we like our libations here at Dixie Caviar. Always have. Always will. In college, my poison of choice was SoCo & Lime. For quite a long time I thought I’d invented that sweet and tart combo, until this appeared on the market and proved otherwise. On my more adventurous evenings, Jager Bombs were always on the ready. Oh, to be young and wild.

Once I had matured a bit (ha!) and moved to Los Angeles to participate in the “real world,” I adopted the now infamous Lemon Booyah’s as my signature drink. Walter can tell you a little more about those on another occasion. Then there was the Sho’ Line Breeze, another one of Walt’s ingenuous concoctions. (Don’t even ask why it’s called that. You really don’t want to know.) And don’t forget my brief affair with the one and only Firefly sweet tea flavored vodka — smuggled in my suitcase from trips to Charleston.  After a couple of major sugar hangovers, though, I was forced to move on to the classic Vodka Water with a splash of lemon, splash of lime. Much more civilized if you ask me.

But those are all the drinks of my past, I tell you. Because it was at a recent crawfish boil I hosted that I finally met my match. I owe a big shout out to Geoff Brewer for bringing (and accidentally leaving) a brand spankin’ new bottle of peach liqueur.  I discovered the prize on the kitchen counter and low and behold, my new signature drink was born. (Geoff – I owe you a bottle, buddy!) At first I didn’t know if it was all the mint juleps talking, or if the drink was actually good. But after testing my new concoction in a more sober state, it sealed the deal.

I’ll call it a Peach Vodka Lemonade for now, however I’m open to your suggestions.  Needless to say, this refreshing cocktail is sweet and summery and Southern, but the real beauty is that it can be as potent as you’d like for it to be… Cheers!

Peach Vodka LemonadePEACH VODKA LEMONADE

Source: Nealey Dozier
Yields: 4 cups

There are many adaptations to this recipe. If you want it to be a little stronger, use 1/2 cup peach vodka liqueur and 1/2 cup regular vodka instead. Just be prepared to add a smidge more simple syrup. Too lazy to make fresh squeezed lemonade? I tried this with Crytal Light Lemonade Drink Mix and it worked like a charm. A splash of soda water might be nice to. Let me know if you try it!

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
1/4 cup simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 cups water
1 cup peach liqueur (I tested with Stirrings)
Sliced peaches, for garnish

In a pitcher, mix together lemon juice, simple syrup, and water. Adjust taste as necessary (more simple syrup, more lemon juice, etc). Stir in the peach vodka liqueur. Add regular vodka, if desired. Pour the drink over crushed ice and garnish with sliced peaches.

For the simple syrup, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Stir in 2 cups sugar and turn off heat. Mix until all of the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool completely before using. The leftover simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for all sorts of summer cocktail whims.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Daney June 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

Yes please!!!

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Kate (Southern Belle Simple) June 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

Oh goodness this sounds heavenly! What about calling it a Peachy Squeeze? I’m trying to think of something that would do it justice while tying in your southern roots. Peachtree Squeeze?

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Meghan June 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

Can I have one now? Its after ten but I think we have everything we need in the office right now.

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Amy June 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Wow! I will be trying this one real soon. It’s right up my alley

How about Georgia Sour?

Best,

Amy

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Kathy - Panini Happy June 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

This sure screams summer, doesn’t it? It sounds fantastic!

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Ally Garner June 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This brings back memories of my first summer after freshman year spent in Athens, GA. I got a on a fuzzy navel kick. Lame, i know, but still-don’t tell my Mama. She still thinks i’m a virgin and have never tasted a drop of alcohol.

Love this cocktail-thanks for sharing!

Name: Peach tart maybe?

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Katherine June 10, 2011 at 10:25 am

Yum! This sounds so refreshing and perfect for a hot day.

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Tamika D. June 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

What about…. Peachy Summertime Lemon Drop!?

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Silver Magpies June 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’m going to go with Peachtree Squeeze! Yummy.

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Dress and Dish June 23, 2011 at 10:53 am

Wow! This sounds refreshing! What a great summer drink!

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Kathy February 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Loved the peach vodka lemonade. I added a little bit of peach puree and a splash of peach schnapps and club soda. Amazing!

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