alex thomopoulos


“Peaches & Herb” Cocktail

It’s no surprise that I enjoy my cocktails.

To me there is no better way to relax than to sip on a deliciously refreshing libation in the company of good friends. Summertime cocktails are always the best because the fruit is  so deliciously sweet. I am not a huge fan of overly sweet cocktails, in fact when I go to restaurants I usually will order a cocktail either straight up on the rocks w lemon or if it’s a mixed drink I have them omit the simple syrup. Sugar= hangover city. When I make my cocktails at home I can control the amount of sweetness that goes into it. I like using honey, a few drops of stevia or agave to balance the “twang”of a drink. By adding fresh ripened fruit you can dramatically reduce the amount of sugar you need to add into a drink.

Summertime to me screams PEACHES! I wish you could that could be an acceptable greeting, like instead of “hello” or “howdy” just nodding your headed and happily saying “Peaches!”. The world would be a whole lot better in my opinion. Alright, on to the cocktail making.

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When creating a cocktail recipe I like to hit flavor notes that will enhance the overall taste of the fresh fruit being used. Adding herbs, a dash of bitters and a punch of acid really are the key things you need to have to have a knock out cocktail.
Peaches love herbs! Whether it be basil, rosemary, thyme, or mint the floral notes of a peach are sky rocketed when paired with fresh herbs. I love using bitters because it rounds all the flavors together and accentuates the aromatic notes of a liquor.
I like to top my cocktails with a touch of sparkling water for a refreshing tickle on your tongue.

Most people get confused when it comes to gluten free alcohols, especially vodka. The majority of vodka is wheat derived and even though people claim that the gluten is removed during distillation, drinking a wheat vodka always makes me sick. My motto? When in doubt…tequila. Tequila is made from the agave plant, and is completely safe to drink, it’s also incredibly delicious but there are times that I just want a vodka cocktail. Good vodka is hard to find, and very pricey. I recently was introduced to Tito’s Vodka and to say I am obsessed with it is an understatement. It is derived from corn and distilled 6 times, it is HANDS DOWN the greatest thing that I have ever tasted. It also is completely affordable and made in ‘MMERRRICA. So double yes.

familyshot3Tito’s is super clean, and so smooth it can be sipped straight over ice with a squeeze of lemon. I am not being paid, nor do I have a business relationship with Tito’s but I like to share the great things I come across with y’all and I am telling you RUN, don’t walk to go get a bottle of this stuff.

This cocktail is tart, fizzy and packs tons of flavor. Feel free to multiply this cocktail and make a huge pitcher of it so your friends can help themselves all party long. The best type of entertaining is to have your guests entertain themselves.

Happy 4th of July y’all!

xo
Alex

Print Recipe

Peach and Mint Cocktail

(makes 2 cocktails)
  • 4 ounces Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 peach, diced or sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 6-8 dashes of orange bitters
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice (juice of 2 limes)
  • sparkling water
  1. In a cocktail shaker add mint leaves, lime, bitters, honey, peaches, a few cubes of ice and shake well for 1 minute. You want the peaches to start releasing their juices, the honey to dissolve and the mint to bruise.
  2. Remove the top and add your tequila. Give a few good shakes and pour over two cocktail glasses and fill with ice. Top w seltzer. Add fresh mint and a peach slice for garnish.

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