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Minted Peaches And Raspberries In Rose’

I grew up in a large Italian family, my Grandfather made his own wine from grapes he grew himself and I remember his home vividly, rows and rows of grapes, fruit tree’s and berry bushes. One dessert I remember is so simple but very delicious, fresh tree ripened peaches, macerated in a little sugar with red wine poured over it. Although I was too young to imbibe, I was allowed a little taste and have made this many times as an adult. I took this simple and classic treat and switched it up a bit, muddling fresh mint with sugar and macerating peaches and raspberries, then instead of red wine I used rose’. It’s light, refreshing and delicious and the mint adds a lovely freshness that goes perfectly with the fruit and wine. This is not the type of recipe you have to follow exactly you be the judge of how much fruit and wine to use. Tailor to your taste. Note: I used frozen peaches and raspberries that I flash froze, if using frozen it may have to macerate a little longer so that the fruit thaws a bit. I entered this recipe in the food52 contest for your best recipe using mint.

Serves 2

2 ripe peaches peeled and sliced

1 cup raspberries

2-4 tbs sugar (start with 2 and increase depending on sweetness of fruit)

handful mint leaves torn

12 oz (approximately) rose or pink champagne

Add the sugar and mint to mortar and crush to release the oil from the mint leaves, it will infuse the sugar. Place the peaches and raspberries into a container and pour the sugar and mint over them, toss to combine. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour, tossing again after 30 minutes.

Spoon the fruit with the sweet minty juices into serving bowl or wine glass top with very cold rose, sip the wine and eat the fruit.

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  1. Yum! This looks really refreshingly perfect on a hot summer day. Many years ago my parents were living in South Carolina where my mom and I would go to a nearby orchard to pick peaches. Those freshly picked peaches are the best I’ve ever had in my life. I’m working on a minty drink for the contest too!

    June 29, 2012
    • Thanks Suzanne, it’s so hot here all I could think of is a cold drink for the contest. Can’t wait to see yours. You are so right freshly picked peaches are the best thing in the world, well practically. But they are amazing!!

      June 29, 2012
      • Well I never did get mine up. I was working on what i was calling a sparkling mojito using prosecco. But never quite got it right, but I learned a lot of ways NOT to do it….:-)

        July 21, 2012
  2. I could use one of these right now! It still feels like its almost 100 degrees here in Boston! Ugh! Dying!

    June 29, 2012
  3. Excellent, Suzanne! Love your “grandpa” stories, brings me back in time! :)

    June 29, 2012
    • Thanks Linda, me too, I can picture my Grandfather in his garden and the wine barrels in his cellar. Such nice memories.

      June 29, 2012
  4. I love this simple dessert! It sounds so refreshing. Love it!

    June 29, 2012
    • Thank you so much, it’s perfect summer weather cool and easy dessert

      June 29, 2012
  5. This is such a refresher my friend, the colours, the flavours, just overall beautiful :D
    Well done!

    Cheers
    CCU

    June 29, 2012
    • Thank you so much, I made it this morning, too early for wine so had it tonight and its even better after sitting in the fridge all day!

      June 29, 2012
  6. I’m really melting here back home, I really need a glass of this refreshing and delicious dessert right away!

    July 1, 2012
    • Thanks Jasline, it’s really hot here too! Not catching a break from the heat. This is delicious ice cold, very refreshing!

      July 1, 2012
  7. I have some great memories of my grandparents too, I have one left that still tells stories that I love to hear. I miss her garden though. This drink sounds lovely, especially in this heat wave. I’ll take anything cool and refreshing, add fruit and I’m all set :)

    July 2, 2012
    • Thanks Suzie, my grandparents have long been gone but the memories are still there. This heat is almost unbearable. Making a pot of ice tea right now!!

      July 2, 2012

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