Fall’s not quite here yet. Enjoy one last creative summer drink with these Peach Basil Arnold Palmer Cocktails.
Yesterday was the first day it actually began feeling like fall here in NY. Asheley happily fished out a jacket from our coat closet as we left to go to church (side note: she’s very very excited to have a coat closet in our new home… it was her top priority in our home search).
Hello 60° weather.
Being the stubborn person I am (and by stubborn I mean awesome), I’m sticking with t-shirts and shorts until September 23. That’s the official first day of fall. And yes, I had to look that up.
I know what’s coming. Pumpkin this. Apple that. And lots of raking leaves. Gosh I loathe raking. But I love apple cider. So I guess that cancels each other out.
Bottom line… we still have a few days left to sit back and enjoy summer. Drink in hand, of course. So put down that pumpkin beer and whip up a Peach Basil Arnold Palmer Cocktail.
Asheley and I went out for a little date night not too long ago. Kinda a big deal, considering most date nights for us consist of catching up on DVR’d television shows on the couch, trying not to fall asleep before we get through one episode.
And since we really wanted to go all out on our date night, we actually each ordered a cocktail with dinner. A cocktail. Just one. We’re not rolling in dough over here.
The thing tasted like glorious summer in a glass. And I figured, hey, I should try to make this at home instead of shelling out $12 a pop for ’em.
Now our date nights can consist of watching of DVR’d shows and sipping on cocktails. #marriedlife
Peach Basil Arnold Palmer Cocktail
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- 3 ounces peach puree or peach nectar
- 1.5 ounces Sweet Tea Vodka
- 1 ounce lemon simple syrup (recipe below)
- 4 to 6 basil leaves
- Lemon slice, for garnish
for the Lemon Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Muddle the basil and simple syrup together. Stir in peach puree/nectar and sweet tea vodka and add ice. Garnish with a lemon slice.
for the Lemon Simple Syrup
- Combine sugar, water, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved. Pour through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl. Discard solids and allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in lemon juice and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
Bri | Bites of Bri
Chris, I’m with you! I am ready for some cooler temps but I’m not ready to lose all of the fresh veggies from summer. I love this peach arnold palmer!
I know… and totally not ready for the “w” word…. Winter!
You sound like my husband! Always wearing shorts and a t-shirt even when it is FREEZING. I’m so torn between the seasons right now too. It feels like fall in the mornings/evenings – chilly and perfect for apple cider – but then we’ve had a few days still in the 80s! This peach basil combination sounds great though… definitely a must-try.
I know, the weather right now is a bit weird here too. Pitch black and cold when I wake up, then shorts weather by the afternoon! What’s a guy to do?!
I can’t believe how it is already September and now it’s the middle of the month! We even got a little snow. I think it is a record around here. I love making cocktails at home. Definitely beats spending loads of money for one drink. This drink sounds amazing. I love the peach and basil combination.
I know, it’s crazy how time flies by!!!
I’m right there with you buddy: tee, shorts and flip-flops until at least October, right?
And what a great summer cocktail that is, totally #WolfPackDrinks
Yes yea! #wolfpackfashion
Yes, please. Can I have like two right now. 🙂 I’ve never had an Arnold Palmer but i need to change that.
You can have 3 right now hahaha
nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps
Definitely have some time to enjoy summer, drinks like these need to be a staple as long as the weather permits! I secretly wish fall/winter would never come!
I know Nicole, me too! Fall I’m actually fine with… it’s Winter that I’m bummed about!
I’m already in the fall foods … I just can’t help it because its my favorite time of year. But totally can whip out this peach basil arnold palmer, cuz basically it looks and sounds awesome!
I know… I totally love fall too. I just… don’t like winter, and I know that’s not far behind!
I LOVE that sweet tea vodka! And with a lemon simple syrup? This sounds divine! I had wanted my hubs to start creating drinks for the blog, but I don’t know if he can out do this 😉 Pinned!
Yes! I totally want to see some Mr. FFF posts!!
Hahaha. I love your married life commentary. I’m pretty sure you nailed our life spot-on! 8:30 on a Friday night, and we’re usually watching a DVR show and debating whether we should just finish it over a cup of coffee the next morning. Love it! Oh, and I love this drink…I think I need it in my life. Laura and I were just talking about visiting the sweet tea vodka distillery. So if we do, I know the first thing I’m going to make!
Hahahaha yes! Glad I’m not alone David. #wolfpackmarriages
Definitely gonna try this! Been really into making speakeasy-like/fancy cocktails at home too!
I totally want to get into making more fancy cocktails. It’s really an artform I’d love to master!
Becca from It's Yummi!
Chris, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I can’t have alcohol. Boo hiss, right? Especially when I want to share your tasty creations and it’s morally unethical for a girl with 17 years of sobriety to tout alcoholic beverages. What’s a girl to do? Well, it’s simple, really. I’m a Virtual Assistant, and one of my clients has a Pinterest board specifically for fabulous cocktails! TA-DA! You’ve been pinned (and I shared via her Twitter feed) #sneaky
Congrats on 17 years Becca! And thanks so much for sneakily sharing!
Hi Chris, lovely drink, love your presentation. I think this drink is perfect anytime of the year.
Thanks so much Cheri!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan(dot)com
Gah – I had forgotten about the raking!!! YIKES!!! Heck yes to holding onto summer ( I dunno bout the tshirt part though – temps reach 70 here and I have a light jacket on)! And heck yes to at home drinks that help you hold onto those $12!! I don’t really drink, but this would be great sans alcohol too – loving the basil in this version of an A.P.
Yup, perfect sans alcohol! Just sub in some iced tea for the iced tea vodka 🙂
It’s still been going back and forth between heat and cooler weather here so I will happily take one of these cocktails! While I do love fall, I am really going to miss all the awesome summer produce!
I know, me too!
Watching TV and sipping fancy, homemade cocktails sounds perfect to me! Spending 12 dollars for a cocktail in a resto is always a splurge over here as well – but sometimes very worth it 🙂 Can’t wait to try this awesome looking cocktail! Pinned!
Yup, I agree… SOMEtimes worth it hhahaa
I am not ready for fall yet, but the temps are dropping to 60’s here too :(. The cocktail with the burst of peach flavor sounds refreshing!!
I know… I’m finally coming to grips that fall is coming, no matter what… oh well, here comes the apples!
This is the prettiest cocktail I have ever seen. seriously. beautiful, gorgeous photos! Pinned!
Thanks so much Alice!
Your speaking my language now! I love this! Such perfect flavors!
Thanks so much Annie!