We got our first batch of summer peaches this week, and I wanted to eat them without cooking the crap out of them. A nice, summery drink fit the bill. This recipe is more of a guide than anything, so feel free to play with the ingredient ratio till you get the drink tasting just right. The basic elements are fresh peach puree, mint syrup, and sparkling water, but f you are so inclined, add rum to make it a peach mojito.
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cut an X in the bottom of each peach and dunk them in the water for 45 seconds. Remove and plop into a bowl of ice water for a minute, just long enough so that you can pick them up. Slip the skins off the peaches, and core and slice them. Place in a blender and puree for a couple of minutes, until completely smooth.
Combine sugar, water, and mint in a small saucepan. Heat until sugar dissolves, and set aside to cool. When syrup has cooled, strain it into a glass jar.
Add ice about halfway up a large glass. Fill glass 3/4 of the way with sparkling water, then add several tablespoons of peach puree and about a tablespoon of mint syrup. Stir to combine and adjust ingredients if you want.