Wine coolers – aah, wine coolers. I do believe they were the first alcoholic beverage I ever tried. My tastes quickly evolved to fancier things like cosmos and wine, surely in part because of the stigma associated with wine coolers. You know, that they suck? Well these don’t suck. In fact, they are pretty great. These are what wine coolers should be, but probably never could be in the bottled form because they would lose all the wonderful fresh fruit flavor.
These are fantastic for entertaining on a summer’s night. The novelty of homemade wine coolers was a big hit with my friends, and so was the flavor. I used a Riesling and it seemed just right to me, but you can use your favorite white wine. I’m already looking forward to trying more flavor variations, and I think it is fair to say I have a lot of friends willing to partake in those endeavors.
Yield: 6 servings
1 lb. fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
2 oz. peach schnapps
Generous pinch of kosher salt
2 (750 mL) bottles dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, divided
Ice, for serving
Additional sliced peaches, for serving
In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the peaches, peach schnapps, salt and a scant 2 cups of the wine. Puree until smooth and frothy, about 1 minute. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if desired (I skipped this step and preferred the thicker texture of the peach puree) and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
When ready to serve, fill wine glasses with ice. Fill the glasses halfway with the peach mixture and top off the rest of the way with the additional white wine. Garnish with sliced peaches as desired.