July 14, 2013

Homemade Sparkling Ginger-Peach Spritzer (Paleo, Autoimmune)

As I was trying to take pictures of these spritzers, it began to rain. I picked up my stool and large bamboo cutting board (yep, this is my super elaborate set-up for picture taking) and proceeded to head inside. Instead of making it safely inside, where I could just forget about taking a decent picture and just enjoy my spritzer, I dumped ginger-peach spritzer all over the front of my pants. Not a drop was left (okay, I did have some left in a pitcher, but most was on me and the porch).

As long as they taste good, right? Right...

Homemade Sparkling Ginger-Peach Spritzer

(Update: Pics were updated, so they are somewhat better. :))

I made these awhile ago after buying some of these Izze drinks on sale. Not something I would drink every day, but they were good. And I said, "I bet I could make these." So armed with tons of fresh peaches that were rapidly ripening, this is my take on the Sparkling Peach Izze. If you don't like ginger, just leave it out. You could try this with other fruits as well. And as you can tell from the ingredients list, this recipe is very flexible, so depending on how many peaches you use, you can add the rest of the ingredients to suit your own taste.

Sparkling Ginger-Peach Spritzer (non-alcoholic)
serves 4-6  printable recipe

What you need:
Homemade Sparkling Ginger-Peach Spritzer

4 large peaches (about 1 1/2 - 2 cups pureed)
1 tbsp lime juice (or lemon)
1 -2 tsp grated ginger (more to taste)
1/4 cup honey (optional, to taste)
3 - 5 cups chilled sparkling mineral water

How to make: 

If you don't have a high-powered blender and don't want to strain your puree, first peel your peaches. Remove peach pit and puree peaches in blender. Strain puree with a fine mesh strainer if desired to remove small bits of peel or to make smoother puree. In blender, add lime juice, ginger, and honey to peach puree. (I use THIS microplane grater for my ginger.) Blend to incorporate. Taste puree and add more honey and ginger if needed. It should taste slightly sweet since we are adding it to the mineral water. Divide puree into 4 large (or 6 small) glasses and top off with mineral water. Garnish with lime or peach slices.

To make ahead: pour peach puree in a pitcher and slowly pour in mineral water. Chill until ready to serve.

Alcoholic version: Add a shot or two of vodka. Or replace half or more of the mineral water with a nice white or rose wine.

What's your favorite drink to cool off during the summer?

Shared at: Allergy Free Wednesdays

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