Fuzzy Peach Candy Cocktail
Originally published August 26, 2020. Updated on 5/25/2021
Back when I developed my Fresh Peach Daiquiri recipe, I got it in my head that it would be fun to riff on it sometime, and do a version that’s less “fresh peach” and more “Fuzzy Peach Candy”.
I LOVE gummy candies, always have. When I was still living in the US, I used to bring back many, many lbs (Seriously, sometimes 40 lbs or more) of Canadian gummies any time I visited my homeland.
Not all for me, mind you - I wrecked some of my friends for American gummies, so would take requests for them whenever I’d go home for a bit. I’d buy a ton of different kinds, mix them up, and divide them into 1 gallon baggies, then deliver to those who wanted them.
Sometimes it felt illicit - I remember meeting up in a parking lot - after dark - with one friend at one point. I bet we totally looked like we were doing a drug deal or something.
There are a few Minnesotans that would do some serious damage to their credit cards if they came up to Canada and found themselves in a Bulk Barn, that’s all I’m saying.
Anyway, yeah - Fuzzy Peach Candy Cocktail was something that had to happen, and now it has!
Before I get to the recipe, let me address the ingredients:
Fuzzy Peach Candy Cocktail Ingredients
This cocktail has few ingredients, but they all serve a purpose. So, I’d like to say a few words on each
Use very ripe fresh peaches, and be sure to peel them before pitting and chopping them. The peels are not only totally unnecessary, they’ll screw with the appearance and texture of the finished cocktail.
I like to use fresh peaches for this, because the peach cocktail mix you can buy... doesn’t taste good. If you’re going to drink something, make it tasty!
While I love fresh peaches for cocktail making, they taste a bit too “real” to stand in as a solo base for a cocktail based on a mass-produced candy that doesn’t REALLY taste like fresh peaches.
I find the Peach Schnapps is a great ... I don’t know how to put, it “Reality-muting” taste ingredient? It cuts the “realness” of the fresh peaches to make it taste more like candy.
To be honest, I generally skip the vodka... because I’m a lightweight. When we made the recipe to shoot for this entry, I was loopy for a good hour afterwards, with no vodka this time.
Vodka not only ups the alcohol content, it gives it a bit more bite. Totally up to you to use it or not.
Sugar is sugar. Use plain granulated white sugar to not mess with the flavours or colours.
You want this to not only balance the sweetness, but to give it a bit of a sour taste. We’re aiming for a sour candy flavour, after all!
In many cases, the rim is mostly decorative. Sure, sometimes - like margaritas, with salt - it really does add to / develop the flavour of what you’re drinking... but a lot of the time, you can skip it.
For this cocktail, I really recommend NOT skipping the rim. The sugar and citric acid mixture is what really finishes it off and makes it taste like you’re drinking a sour candy.
You can find citric acid in the canning section of some grocery stores, in cheese making - and usually home brew supply stores, and online. Lately, I’ve been buying it on Amazon, here.
Aside from being a key ingredient in making cocktail glass rims that taste like sour candy, citric acid can be a fun thing to have around for other projects.
It’s a key ingredient in my Homemade Wine Slush Mix. This one takes just a few minutes to make, and saves a TON of money when compared to the retail version.
It also makes a great DIY holiday gift - just stick it in a decorative bag, tie it up with a pretty ribbon, and attach a tag with instructions. Easy!
Finally, Homemade Beep Drink is also a great way to use your citric acid!
This obnoxiously coloured pomegranate flavoured syrup is ideal for gently colouring the red part of the Fuzzy Peach Candy Cocktail.
Taste-wise, it’s not necessary at all... but if we’re going to design a cocktail around Fuzzy Peach Candies... I’m going to make it look the part!
Fuzzy Peach candies
I like to garnish these with Fuzzy Peach Candies, because obviously.
They can be a pain to get onto skewers, just a heads up. What we ended up doing was cutting the backs off them, and sandwiching the sticky pieces over the end of a skewer. Not the most elegant solution, but it got the job done!
Much like with my Fresh Peach Daiquiri Recipe, we are playing a bit fast and loose with the servings size suggestions.
In normal times, this would probably be considered a 3-4 serving batch of cocktail. That is, if you were out at a bar, this would make 3-4 dainty (and fairly “industry standard”) servings.
These are not normal times, however, so we’re calling this as 2 “Hanging out with your spouse in your PJs in the middle of a workday, because time isn’t a thing anymore” servings.
Boy, that’s a mouthful.
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Fuzzy Peach Candy Cocktail
- 3 Fresh ripe peaches ripe peaches
- 4 oz Peach Schnapps
- 1-2 oz Vodka
- ⅓ cup Granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
- ¼ cup Granulated sugar For rimming
- ¼ teaspoon Citric acid
- 2 cups Ice
- 2 tablespoon Grenadine
- Fuzzy Peach gummies For garnish, optional
- Peel, pit, and chop your peaches, Reserve juice for rim
- Add peaches, peach schnapps, vodka, ⅓ cup sugar, and juice to blender, blitz until smooth
- Pour reserved juice into a small dish or bowl.
- Add ¼ cup sugar and the citric acid to a second bowl, mix well to combine
- Rim glasses - invert glass rim into the juice, twirl to coat. Immediately place wet rim into sugar, twirl to coat. Repeat on second glass.
- Add ice to blender, blitz until smooth
- Scoop out ½ cup of the cocktail, mix the grenadine in.
- Pour main (orange coloured) cocktail into prepared glasses. Add reserved - red - cocktail mix to each glass, as a section off to one side.
- Garnish with candies if desired, serve immediately
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