I know it is not peach season, but I found peaches at the supermarket and decided to buy a few. It is amazing to find certain produce imported from other states or countries when they are not in season where I live. The power of trade laws and regulations! No complaints here because it makes things much easier for cooking and baking; and don’t forget those cravings.
The recipe is originated from Aragon, an autonomous community located in the northeastern part of Spain. I have made this recipe a few times and each time it tastes a little bit different. The difference is the wine. I have used Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, and Merlot. My preference is Shiraz because of the bold flavors. Shiraz wines tend to have a lot of fruit flavor so the balance with the peaches is perfect in my opinion.
This recipe for Peaches and Wines is similar to making Sangria. The only disparities are the preparation of the peaches and the cooking of the wine, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. The soaking period increases the fruit flavor of the wine making this drink the perfect dessert drink or the perfect afternoon or evening relaxing drink.
I know it is somewhat out of season, but if you can find peaches at your local supermarket, this will be the perfect dessert drink for Palm Sunday and Easter.
Peaches and Wines
- 4 large peaches
- 2 ½ cups dry red wine
- ½ cup sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon cut into strips
- 1 – 2 cinnamon stick
- ½ cup brandy or orange liquor optional
- Bring a saucepan 3/4 full of water to a boil. Add the peaches one at a time and blanch for about 20 – 30 seconds to loosen the skin. Remove the peaches with a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl of cold water. Remove the skins, and cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Set aside in a heatproof bowl.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine, sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and slowly stir to dissolve sugar. Add brandy or orange liquor if using. Remove from the heat and pour over the peaches.
- Let cool, cover and let wine steep for about 2 days in the refrigerator before serving in glass bowls or regular glasses.
- Peaches and Wine is best served cold.