I’m so excited to share this easy-to-make summer drink with you!
This fresh peach cocktail, lightly flavored with thyme and honey, is the perfect accompaniment to the Triple Herb Chicken Skewers and the Miso Potato Salad featured in our Casual Summer Dinner Party menu. Fruity and refreshing, this vodka cocktail is anything but ordinary.
When it comes to dinner parties, I always think it’s fun to offer a cocktail in addition to wine and beer. The only problem? Often times the host can get stuck in the kitchen shaking up one or two cocktails at a time. And although that allows everyone to get a customized drink, it’s far easier to mix up a pitcher of something interesting and let the guests do the serving.
Plus, since we’re talking about a casual summer dinner party, there’s nothing more casual than a pitcher-style cocktail. Although, for how easy this cocktail is to make, it looks awfully fancy, don’t you think?
The goal with this fruity summer cocktail was to let the peaches shine. To do so I decided to keep the flavors somewhat simple. In an attempt to get the most peach flavor into the cocktail I chose to make a peach and thyme syrup.
To make the syrup, just boil peaches, thyme, water, and honey together for just a few minutes. A bit of cooling and a quick strain through a sieve and the syrup is ready to go. Then it’s just mix, chill, and serve—easy!
Peach & Thyme Spritz
This fresh peach cocktail, lightly flavored with thyme and honey, is the perfect summer drink. Made with vodka, this refreshing fruity drink is all you need when it gets hot!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes + chilling
- Yield: 4–6 servings
2 cups fresh diced peaches
3 sprigs fresh thyme
½ cup water
⅓ cup honey
8 ounces vodka
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup chilled club soda
Thyme sprigs and peach slices to serve
Combine peaches, thyme, water, and honey, in a saucepan over medium. Bring peach mixture to a boil and cook 5 minutes until peaches are soft; remove from heat and cool completely.
Strain peach mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a large pitcher with vodka and lemon juice; chill. Discard peach solids (or save and use it to top yogurt, pancakes, and waffles).
Stir club soda into drink just before serving. Divide drinks between ice-filled low-ball glasses and garnish with a thyme sprig and peach slice, if desired.
What you will need for this recipe:
- Fine-mesh sieve
- Liquid measuring cups
- This recipe (and menu) is designed to serve 4–6 people. The reason for giving a range depends on if you choose to serve additional dishes than the menu given.
- If serving the Casual Summer Dinner Party menu as is, I would plan for it to serve 4 people. However, if you have more then 4 people, each one of these recipes easily doubles, triples, etc.
Throw a Casual Summer Dinner Party with this menu!
- Triple Herb Chicken & Zucchini Skewers
- Miso & Za’atar Potato Salad
- Trail Mix Cookies
- Peach & Thyme Spritz