Ginger Peach Sparkler
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mock·tail

ˈmäkˌtāl/

noun

1.   a nonalcoholic drink consisting of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks.

Josh and I recently took a pretty big vacation in December, so for our 5th wedding anniversary we decided to plan a long weekend to nearby Kansas City. Considering the fact that we only live 3 hours away, it’s surprising that Josh and I have never taken a trip to Kansas City together.

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Taking a mini-vacation to KC was an excellent idea! I owe a huge thank you to Megan of the blog Life of Meg for our trip being as wonderful as it was. She gave us the low down on where to eat, what to do, and where to visit.

We went to a Royals game where they actually won! We visited the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. We went shopping in the Plaza and West Bottoms antiques. We ate at Novel (incredible!!), Port Fonda, Succotash (gluten-free blueberry pancakes, be still my heart), and Bluestem.

The food we had at all of these place was unbelievably good, but what I was surprised to find is that if you ask a bartender/waitress for a mocktail, you will get a legit, tasty, creative beverage. Our last meal before driving back to Wichita was brunch at Bluestem. I had the best shrimp and grits of my life and the best mocktail.

For Part 3 of Mocktail Month (check out Part 1 and Part 2!), I made my version of that tasty mocktail from Bluestem. This drink features peach, ginger beer, sweet tea, and lemon. It’s as if you took all the classic summertime flavors of the South and mixed it into a glass. Perfectly balanced in flavor and not overly sweet, this is what mocktail dreams are made of.

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PRINTER FRIENDLY Ginger Peach Sparkler
PREP TIME
10 Minutes
SERVES
4
INGREDIENTS
3 very ripe peaches
3 black tea bags
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Ginger Beer
Ice
DIRECTIONS
1.

To make the peach puree: Peal away the skin of the peaches, remove the pits, and place in the canister of a blender. Blend on high until completely smooth.

 

2.

To make the Sweet Tea Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and the 3 black tea bags. Bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let steep for another minute. Carefully remove the tea bags from the simple syrup, squeezing out the liquid between two spoons. Let cool to room temperature. (You will have plenty of extra simple syrup leftover)

 

3.

To make 1 Ginger Peach Sparkler: In a cocktail shaker add about a cup of ice, 1/4 cup peach puree, 2/3 cup ginger beer, 1 tablespoon sweet tea simple syrup, and 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Place the lid on the shaker and gently shake to mix the ingredients. Pour into a small wine glass, garnish with a lemon twist if desired, fan yourself elegantly and speak with a charming southern drawl.

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