It’s not easy being a cocktail. There’s an expectation that the perfect drink should wow but not overwhelm, complement the food but not steal its dazzle, and do it all while remaining uniquely delicious.
So, imagine my predicament when I had to pick the perfect one for my birthday dinner. The food was a raw vegan feast, handmade by a best friend who also happens to be a caterer (isn’t it great when life works out that way?).
- Collard green wraps with cucumbers, beets, avocado, basil, mint, red onion, and a smoky plum and fig compote (pictured below)
- Zucchini noodles with sunflower seed “cheese” and dehydrator-roasted mushrooms and onions
- Vanilla maple, lemon lavender, and chocolate mint truffles made from dates, nuts, and coconut
Sounds amazing, right? But what cocktail, which flavor, would match the fresh, fulfilling taste of the vegan eats without coming on too strong?
Like any good millennial with a kitchen quandary — I hit Pinterest. More accurately, I nosedived into it. There were margaritas and martinis, mai tais and mimosas, manhattans and … peach Moscow mules?
That was it. The perfect marriage of peach puree, lime juice, ginger beer, and vodka that would elevate my birthday gathering from a dinner to a soiree, an event, a veritable bacchanalia for attendees (and their Instagram followers) to delight in equal measure.
Despite my lingering apprehension, inability to peel a peach without losing half of it to the kitchen counter, and refusal to have a back-up plan, I went for it — and it did not disappoint. In fact, for my next gathering, I’m not so sure we even need food at all. One of these Peach Moscow Mules in hand is all that’s needed for a fantastic time.
Peach Moscow Mule
Makes: 8 servings
- 4 ripe peaches (I used two white peaches and two yellow peaches, but the variation is up to you)
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- 6 cups ginger beer
1. Peel and pit peaches. Put into a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth. No chunks!
2. Combine peach puree, lime juice, and vodka in a pitcher. Mix until combined. Top with 4 cups of ginger beer and wait until settled to mix again.
3. Once cocktail is mixed, pour into glasses, filling 3/4 of the way. Top the glasses with the remaining 2 cups of ginger beer for fizzy effect, garnish (if you’d like), and serve!