zaterdag 25 januari 2014

Syrup peaches and how to become a bartender


A nice way to preserve the last peaches and raspberries of the season and save some for a day you could use a little sunshine.

The peaches can be used for the famous Bellini cocktail1 as well. I will give you the recipe below and of course it is not mine. The non-alcoholic version, however, is mine (NO not kidding). If you use the raspberries as well, it will take you no trouble to get the demanded pink color.

For the syrup-peaches:
4 peaches
10 raspberries
peppermint leaves
200 gr. of sugar
½ l. cold water


Sterilize a jar (500 ml will do) by putting it in a 200° heated oven for half an hour.
Rinse the peaches in running cold water to have their skin removed easily. Peel the peaches, cut them in half and remove the pit.
Put the peaches in the jar and add a raspberry and a peppermint leaf every now and then.

Put the water and suger to boiling, stir slightly to make the sugar melt completely. Let boil for a few minutes.
Pour the sweet water carefully over the peaches until the jar is filled. Close the jar.

This way, you won´t be able to keep them for a long time. Actually, you should sterilize the jar and it contains in boiling water for about 20 minutes. Wrap it in a towel to prevent it from punching against the pan and break.

For the Bellini cocktail:
2 peach halves
150 ml. cold prosecco

Blend the peaches, mix them with a little prosecco (to prevent the prosecco from bubbling out of the glass) and put the mash in a champaign glass. Then fill the glass with prosecco and serve cold.

For the non-alcoholic Bellini cocktail:
Replace the prosecco by 75 ml. Spa lemon and 75 ml. sparkling mineral water. 

                                                                                                                             
1 © Giuseppe Cipriani, Harry´s Bar (Venice, between 1934-1948)

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