This summer I’ve been focusing a lot of preserving food for the upcoming winter, but even while living in the future food-wise, it’s just as important to focus on the food-present. South Carolina peaches are still in their prime and are just begging to be enjoyed, bright and juicy, right now.
In figuring out the best way to showcase peaches, I came across an excellent inspiration in this gorgeous cut glass pitcher at Goodwill. I was on the hunt for pretty glass to display in my glass front cabinets that would still be useful in daily life. So between the peaches and the pitcher, I thought that a peachy punch slush concoction would be perfect.
This recipe is from another former thrifting score, the Peach Sampler Cookbook, which has at least 200 pages of peach recipes. Peach ice cream, peach pie, peach milkshakes, peach jam, peach jelly… you get the idea!
This particular adaptation is based on the Peach Melody Punch, submitted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, which brings together peaches, citrusiness, and one of peaches’ best friends — ginger — in the form of ginger beer! I’ve adapted this recipe to cut out the added sugar and up the slushy factor with more frozen fruit.
Lower Sugar Melody Peach Slush
Makes 1 pitcher full
- 1 cup water
- 5–6 ripe peaches, peeled and pit removed (optional: use frozen peaches)
- 1 6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
- 6 oz. frozen pineapples
- ¾ c lemon juice
- 1 12 oz. bottle/can ginger beer (I used Cannonborough Beverage Co. but you could also use an alcoholic ginger beer for an extra kick)
Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a blender. You may have to blend in batches, or use an immersion blender. Add extra ice or frozen pineapple for a slushier concoction.
Top the slushy mixture with ginger beer and stir in gently.
Serve immediately. Garnish with mint or a peach slice as desired.
This is a perfect porch drink for when people come over to hang out for the afternoon. If you freeze peaches now in their prime, this drink is as easy to make as pulling out the blender and getting just about all of the other ingredients from the freezer.