Peach & Lychee Pimms

The taste of lychee goes surprisingly well with Pimms.

I wasn't going to blog this until next summer, as it isn't Christmassy in the slightest. I've just been informed by @vegandeb however that it would in fact be in no way inappropriate to do so, what with it being the season of boozing and all.

You have 2 options for making this drink:
  • Infuse peaches and lychees in Pimms directly
  • Infuse them in gin and mix them later.
The latter (pictured above) is recommend as it lets you try the combination with other spirits, but it's up to you. This summer I used the first option, as I found Sainburys fake Pimms (called Pitchers) on offer for £5 a bottle. It's not as good as the real stuff, but once infused it's difficult to tell the difference.

Whichever option you choose cover a tin of lychees and a tin peaches (both drained) in an infusing jar with the booze of your choice. Give a good shake, then leave for 48 hours (shaking briefly whenever you walk past).

Once complete you can make the cocktail. You can leave infusing for longer if you want, but unlike infusion with spices and hard fruits (sloes, damsons, cranberries etc) that take months you can use soft fruit infusions within a couple of days.

Ingredients:
  • 1 shot Pimms
  • 1 shot Peach & Lychee Gin/Pimms
  • 2 slices soaked peach
  • 2 soaked lychees
  • Crushed Ice
  • Lemonade
  • 2 Drops Orange Bitters (optional)
In a high ball glass muddle 1 lychee and 1 peach slice together. Add the alcohol and mix. Fill the glass with crushed ice, then top with lemonade. Stir and garnish with remaining peach slice and lychee.

Adding a couple of drops of orange bitters takes the sweet edge off the drink a bit and adds to the complexity of the flavour. Angostura orange bitters were vegan when last checked earlier in 2009.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. Debbie said...:

    haha - absolutely not innapropriate! More booze!! Seriously this sounds amazing, thank you :)

  1. Sal said...:

    sounds good, i like pimms. i love chucking in different fruits - strawberries and pineapple are good too.

  1. Steven said...:

    Pineapple sounds great, haven't tried that. We usually muddle the mint and strawberry together in the glass before adding pimms, cucumber, apple/orange, lemonade, ice. We somehow got through 3 bottles of Pimms this summer :)

  1. Naomi Rose said...:

    oh my goodness. Think I'm going to be drinking this all day on christmas day!

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