Drunken Peaches #SundaySupper

These Drunken Peaches, soaking up the spirit of bourbon, are captured in a jar to ensure summer flavors last throughout the year.

These Drunken Peaches, soaking up the spirit of bourbon, are captured in a jar to ensure summer flavors last throughout the year.

Drunken Peaches
Author: Marlene Baird
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Serves: 6
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 lb fresh freestone peaches
  • 3 cups water
  • 2.5 C sugar or
  • 3 vanilla beans, halved crosswise
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or kosher salt)
  • 6 orange slices
  • 3/4 Cup bourbon
  • 6 pint canning jars, lids and bands
  1. In a canning pot, bring water to a boil.
  2. Fill a large bowl 2/3 full of ice water. Cut lemon in half, and squeeze juice into ice water.
  3. Working in batches, place peaches in the canning basket and into the boiling water and blanch for one minute.
  4. Place immediately in the ice water and lemon mixture.
  5. Get the canning pot ready with fresh water and turn up the heat to medium to get it ready for the jars.
  6. When the peaches are cool enough to handle, peel the peaches. The skins should slide off easy.
  7. Cut the peaches in half, remove the pit and cut each half into four slices. Return to the lemon juice mixture to prevent browning.
  8. In a large sauce pan, stir together 3 cups of water and the sugar. Split vanilla bean halves lengthwise; scrape out the seeds using the flat side of your knife.
  9. Add vanilla bean and seeds to sugar mixture; cook over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to simmer gently while you fill your jars.
  10. Place 1 orange slice and 1 vanilla bean half in each jar.
  11. Drain the lemon filled water from the bowl of peaches and tightly pack peach slices into jars.
  12. Remove hot syrup from heat and ladle hot syrup into jars leaving 1.5 inch of headspace. Add 2 tablespoons bourbon to each jar
  13. Remove air bubbles and wipe each jar rim. Apply lids and rings, adjusting them finger-tight.
  14. Process jars in prepared canning pot for 25 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat and remove the pot lid.
  15. Allow the jars to rest for 5 minutes.
  16. Remove jars and cool.

These Drunken Peaches, soaking up the spirit of bourbon, are captured in a jar to ensure summer flavors last throughout the year.Capturing the essence of summer in a jar can seem daunting. There are so many incredible elements about summer that’s it’s nearly impossible to decide what to encapsulate.

These Drunken Peaches, soaking up the spirit of bourbon, are captured in a jar to ensure summer flavors last throughout the year.This is exactly how I feel about this August weekend.

Ten years ago I said “I Do” to the most wonderful, kind, loving, funny man that was meant just for me. He lifted me up through tough times like when I was diagnosed with breast cancer — months before our wedding date. Or held me close when I lost my job and told me this “too shall pass”. When six people lived under one roof as we struggled to make two separate families become one, he told funny stories. We have laughed every single day of our lives.

US_1107I love it when he changes the subject when he knows I’m right. Or how I sneak ingredients into his food he would not otherwise eat. I adore the fact that he encouraged me to start this blog.

I enjoy hearing his stories over and over again and love to tell them myself. Clearly not as good as he tells a story though.

I’m glad to have all these great memories and there is no way that I could choose one to capture the essence of our love. He is my peach.  My fuzzy, sweet delicious place all my own. Here’s to capturing more memories in the years to come.

These Drunken Peaches, soaking up the spirit of bourbon, are captured in a jar to ensure summer flavors last throughout the year.Check out all the other ingenius ways you can capture Summer.

Thank you Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting this event! Thanks also to Renee from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures for organizing this event!

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    • YUM! I want to try these, but it’s the end of season for good peaches. However, you did not mention the bourbon in the directions. I am going to add to the jar before packing with peaches and adding the syrup, otherwise, they wouldn’t be “drunk”. Thanks for sharing!

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