Monday, June 18, 2012

The weekend off and Vanilla-Peach Mojitos

I took the weekend off and it was GLORIOUS.

I didn’t write a single word for an article. I cooked a Father’s Day meal and got to relax, sip wine and be with family. There was not a single worry about getting recipes down or photographing a dish. Mostly, I was lazy and unproductive. I loved every minute of it. 

Now on Monday morning, as I look at the week ahead, I thought I might feel panicky or regretful. I don’t. Not even a little bit. Let’s hear it for weekends off… 

Last weekend, I was in a race to use up a big box of peaches before they went bad. Of course, a few of them made their way into a cocktail. 

Sparkling Vanilla-Peach Mojitos

Makes 2 cocktails

1 peach
2 tablespoons vanilla bean simple syrup (recipe below)
2-3 ounces white rum
12 large mint leaves, torn
sparkling wine

Peel and remove pit from peach. Place peach and vanilla simple syrup in a blender and puree. Divide mixture and mint into 2 glasses.
Fill glasses with ice and add 1-1 ½ ounces rum to each glass (to taste).
Top with sparkling wine.

Note: If you like it minty, muddle the mint in the peach mixture instead of tearing the leaves. 

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 vanilla bean

Slice vanilla bean down the middle and scape out seeds. 
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, vanilla bean and seeds. 
Bring to a boil. Let mixture boil about 5 minutes. Strain and let cool. 

The vanilla bean simple syrup makes this drink something special. It’s a flavor you don’t expect in a cocktail, but works amazingly well with the peach and the mint. This one will definitely be making another appearance this summer. 


  1. I had a similar weekend off and loved every minute of it!

  2. I love peaches so I'm going to have to try this one!

  3. Nice Color.. is there any Virgin version for this.. Love the clicks...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  4. Yummy! Hooray for weekends off and I hope you had plenty of these to drink while you were relaxing!

  5. what a fresh summer cocktail! Can't wait to try this!

  6. I love mojitos, but don't think I've ever had a peach one. Def need to try this. Looks perfect for summer!

  7. I recently made Peach Mojitos with fresh peach, but vanilla would be amazing with the peach!! What a great idea!

  8. This is a fantastic idea! We are going to try them tonight!

  9. Weekends off ROCK. That's how I roll around here. :) Glad you got to enjoy a stress free weekend. I can't wait until peaches are on to make this cocktail. YUM!!


  10. @the opinionated alchemist - While I appreciate your opinion, I am deleting your comment as I do not appreciate the tone of it. If you don't like my "fancy" blogposts, there is no need to read them. This space is open to constructive criticism, but not to rudeness.

  11. a fruit cocktail..happy weekend, enjoy your day!

  12. I'm really thirsty for a great, refreshing fruit juice.

  13. Non-alcoholic one for me please.

  14. Cheers to weekends off and Vanilla-Peach Mojitos.