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Peach Melba Cooler

Peach Melba Cooler

Ingredients (7)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium, ripe peach (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 bunch fresh lemon thyme (about 30 sprigs), rinsed and woody ends trimmed
  • 1 liter cold club soda
  • Ice
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories127
  • Fat0.38g
  • Saturated fat0.06g
  • Trans fat0g
  • Carbs32.23g
  • Fiber3.26g
  • Sugar27.6g
  • Protein1.07g
  • Cholesterol0g
  • Sodium28.93mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

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Auguste Escoffier gets credit for pairing two of summer’s most delicious fruits, peaches and raspberries, to create the classic peach Melba dessert. Here, the flavors are transformed into a light, fizzy drink that would be perfect sipped in the backyard while watering the lawn. Try it out with our zucchini bread recipe for the perfect summer afternoon pick-me-up.

What to buy: Lemon thyme is similar in appearance to regular English thyme but has the fragrance and flavor of lemon. You can find it with the fresh herbs in the produce section of your local grocery store.

Game plan: This recipe can be made through step 2 up to 3 days in advance.

For more nonalcoholic summer pick-me-ups, try our Shirley Temple Drink recipe. This mocktail was featured as part of our Nonalcoholic Cocktails recipe gallery.

Instructions

  1. 1Bring the sugar and water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer the syrup to a small container with a tightfitting lid.
  2. 2Halve, pit, and cut the peach into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Add the peach slices to the syrup and stir to combine. Seal the container and refrigerate until the peach flavor infuses the syrup, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.
  3. 3When ready to serve, pour the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl; discard the peach slices. Add half of the raspberries and half of the thyme sprigs to the bowl. (Set the rest of the raspberries and thyme aside to use as garnishes.) Using a potato masher, briefly smash the raspberries until they release their juices.
  4. 4Set a fine-mesh strainer over a large pitcher and pour in the raspberry mixture. Lightly press on the solids with a rubber spatula, then discard the contents of the strainer. Add the club soda and some ice to the pitcher and stir gently with a long spoon until combined.
  5. 5Gently bruise the remaining half of the thyme by crushing it in your hands (but don’t completely mangle it) and set it aside. Pour the Peach Melba Cooler into ice-filled collins glasses and garnish each drink with a sprig of the thyme and a few fresh raspberries.
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