You may decide to keep this liqueur aroundjust for the aroma. It smells like a lazy Georgia afternoon whenthe peaches are ripe and a soft breeze drifts across the frontporch.
Recipe: Peach Liqueur
1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 2 pounds fresh ripe peaches, stemmed and washed 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon orange zest 1 1/2 cups 100-proof vodka 1 cup brandy 4 drops yellow food coloring
Make a simple syrup by bringing sugarand water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantlyto prevent scorching. When clear, remove from heat and let standuntil just warm. Cut peaches in half, remove pits, and slicethin. Place peaches, pits, and citrus zests in clean 2-quartjar. Pour syrup over peaches and add vodka, brandy, and foodcoloring. Cover tightly and let stand in a cool, dark place for2 weeks.
Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain outsolids. Discard. Transfer liqueur to clean container, cover,and let stand for 2 to 3 weeks more. Rack or filter into finalcontainer such as a wine bottle, fruit jar, or decanter.
Makes 1 quart.
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