My friend Kristina recently posted a delicious looking recipe on her TNLocavore blog for Basil Peach Sangria. I also found an old seltzer maker at a thrift store. What do these things have to do with each other? Well I decided to take the elements of her recipe but twist it around a bit using my newly acquired seltzer maker.
First I took two 12oz cans of peach nectar and added them to the seltzer maker and carbonated it. Then I muddled the about 4 basil leaves in the bottom of the glass and added some of Milwaukee’s own Rehorst Vodka (about 2 oz.) and ice. I then dispensed the peach nectar (which was now essentially peach soda) into the glass and added a lemon.
The flavor was spectacular and the cocktail was quite the refreshing drink after an afternoon of yard work. I used vodka because I wanted something neutral but I think you could add any white liquor like Rum, Tequila, or Cachaça and have it turn out awesome. The flavors of peach and basil worked surprisingly well together and the lemon and the carbonation helped cut through the sweetness of the peach nectar. I may have found my new favorite summer drink.
If you don’t have a seltzer maker try to find some peach soda (Stewart’s makes one and most Mexican markets will have some type of peach soda as well) or just use peach nectar and have a non-carbonated drink.