Thursday, July 5, 2012

Simple Summer Vanilla-Peach Cooler

So how was your Fourth?  Since we were without our children who selfishly took our grandson with them on vacation to another state, Richard and I rode south to Mobile to watch the fireworks display on the Mobile Bay.

And who knew that about 5 bazillion other people would have the very same idea?!

We ate some seafood, I darted into Publix, we got some frozen yogurt, then we went to secure the perfect spot to take in all the festivities.  We paid a $5.00 parking fee to go park in Battleship Park, because I had assumed that that would be the best place to take pictures, but as we were trying to find a parking place (which was not easy, mind you) all of that sweet tea I had consumed with our seafood dinner suddenly hit me with a vengeance and wouldn't you know it?

Yep.  Only porta-potties.

And I am like, NO.

(Thank the good Lord that I am married to a very patient man.)

So we turned right around and left.  I think next time it will just be easier to throw that five dollar bill right out the window and save the time and aggravation of dodging pedestrians in Battleship Park.  Anyway, we eventually wound up with a great view in a no parking zone on the side of the bay.  And even though we were a little hesitant that we were breaking the law by parking there, a nice woman walking by in some in some short shorts and flashy gold earrings told us that we were just fine to stay where we were because "Honey, anything goes on the Fourth of July on the causeway."



And to top off our already great night, we made a run through Krystals on our way home because seafood and yogurt was not nearly enough.

And that concludes my Fourth of July recap.  On to the recipe.

This simple, summertime drink is quick and easy and non-alcoholic, because why shouldn't non-drinkers have fun drinks too?  We should.  We totally should.  And they should be sipped from mason jars while sitting in a swing at sunset. 

Here are my notes:

-No need to peel the peaches.  Just pit them, then coarsely shop.

-The sugar and vanilla can totally be adjusted.  I wanted it very vanilla-y, so I added a lot.  But you can do what you want.

-I loved this over crushed ice.

-You can make the peach base ahead of time and store in the fridge for a couple of days.  Fill glasses as you need them.

-I think this might be great with nectarines too.  Or maybe plums.

Vanilla-Peach Cooler

1 (12 to 14-ounce) can peach nectar
1/2 cup sugar
4 small to medium peaches, pitted but not peeled, and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Club soda

Process the nectar, sugar, peaches, and vanilla in a blender until smooth.  Fill glasses with crushed ice and equal parts of the peach base and club soda.

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  1. Gorgeous photos! Peaches just happen to be my favorite fruit and that drink looks so refreshing.

  2. I love your firewrork pictures. They are beautiful. Fireworks are one of the few things that can drag me outside in this horrible heat in the summer time.

    I'm going to have to try this drink. It looks delicious! My 4th was a hit because I brought your pico recipe to the gathering I went to. Everyone ate it up!

    BTW.. I'm a friend of Lisa's from MO. She directed me to your blog.

    1. Thank you, Faye and Yvonne!

      Megan O-Any friend of Lisa's is a friend of mine. Glad you are here.

  3. Next to watermelon...peach is my best summer cooler. And great really caught the beautiful firework! :)

  4. Love the pictures. I've never thought about going there for the 4th but I may have to try it next year. I'm definately going to try this cooler recipe. Anything with peach is a favorite of mine!!

  5. Your fireworks pictures are beautiful. Sounds like ya'll had a good night. I wanted to go to Fairhope. They had an orchestra (something like the Boston Pops only local) and fireworks. I would like to do that one of these days. The peach drink looks delicious. Only it's too hot to sip this on a swing unless it's dark and then you have mosquitos. I am in hibernation mode until October!

  6. What great fireworks photos!! And I would have never thought of a drink recipe like this -- looks super refreshing!!