Warm Weather Drinking -- The Cool Summer Breeze #1 and #2
Warm weather calls for refreshing drinks. This original creation incorporates fresh peaches, a classic summer fruit, with strong liquor and sweet honey to cool you down and take the edge off. The difference between the Cool Summer Breezes lies only in the base spirit -- the #1 uses vodka, and the #2 uses bourbon.
2 ounces vodka or bourbon
3 teaspoons peach puree (roughly 1/2 peach)
1 ounce honey syrup
Combine in a shaker, shake with the force of a very stiff breeze, and strain into a chilled glass.
Peach puree sounds fancy, but it really isn't. To make it, remove the skin and pit from the peach, and then run the fruit through the blender. Blend the hell out of it. The honey syrup is the same stuff that you use in A Thief In The Night. Heat equal parts honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat, stir until the honey dissolves, and cool to room temperature.
A Cool Summer Breeze goes with all sorts of music. It depends on your mood. Classical? Vivaldi or pretty much anything from the Baroque period. Classic rock? Allman Brothers. Hard rock that goes with the theme? "Summer Nights" by Sammy Hagar era Van Halen. Hard rock that uses the word peach (not in the context of the fruit)? "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard or "Walk On Water" by Aerosmith. Regardless of your musical tastes, a Cool Summer Breeze is just what you want on a warm day. So sit back and enjoy the Breeze!