Inspired by the current economic crisis, the theme for Mixology Monday this month is Hard Drinks for Hard Times, hosted by Matthew of Rowley's Whiskey Forge. Not only will the round-up provide many ideas for debauchery on the cheap, but the writing is tres witty.
For my own entry, I chose this Peach & Ginger Punch because it makes me think of old ladies on a porch during the Depression (the first one), drinking the juice from the peaches in their gardens.
Most of the mixers are cheap and easy to come by, rum is hardly the most expensive of spirits and since it’s summer in Australia peaches are a plenty. And because you can serve a lot of people with hardly any alcohol, it’s very economical. All contributing to the theme.
But best of all, it’s very tasty and is one of those drinks that makes you smile as you lean back and watch the world go by.
Peach & Ginger Punch
Recipe by Michele Cranston. Serves 8.
1 litre ginger beer
500ml cups peach nectar
250ml dark rum
75ml ginger syrup or ginger wine
65ml lime juice
4 white peaches, peeled and finely sliced
Fresh lime slices, for garnish
Torn mint leaves, for garnish
1. Chill the ginger beer and peach nectar.
2. Combine the ginger syrup, rum and lime juice in a non-reactive container. Add peaches and chill for 2 hours.
3. When everything is cold, combine ingredients in a punch bowl and serve with garnish.