Peach schnapps sounds so much more exotic than mere “peach liqueur” but that’s exactly what peach schnapps is, a clear peach liqueur that due to the “schnapps” moniker sounds much more alcoholic than its actual strength of 20 to 25% alc./vol..
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In the 1980s peach schnapps was the essential ingredient in many of the most popular cocktails, many of which endure to this day, including the Fuzzy Navel, Iguana Wana, Woo Woo, and what Tom Cruise’s character in the 1988 film Cocktail poetically calls, “The Sex on the Beach, the schnapps made of peach.”
Don’t let Tom Cruise put you off; peach schnapps is packed with fragrant peach flavour delivered in a clear, so very mixable liqueur that combines brilliantly with bourbon, rum, citrus and tea – combinations employed in many of the cocktails below.
Peach TeaWith: Aged rum, cognac, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, cold black tea, lemon juice and sugar syrup.We say: Black tea tannins and sour citrus juice balance rich fruit peach in this long rum and cognac-laced cocktail.
Peach MeWith: Bourbon, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and orange bitters.We say: A whiskey-forward, Old Fashioned-style sipping cocktail that demonstrates just how harmoniously bourbon and peach sit together.
Peach Old-fashioned (Wisconsin-style)With: Muddled maraschino cherry and orange wedge, bourbon, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and orange bitters.We say: A peach-influenced bourbon old-fashioned served Wisconsin-style.
Peach DaiquiriWith: Light rum, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and lime juice.We say: A classic Daiquiri with fragrant peach liqueur replacing sugar.
BelliniWith: Peach puree, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, lemon juice and prosecco.We say: It’s hard not to like this blend of peaches and sparkling wine. Lemon juice adds balance and a citrusy bite while peach schnapps boosts peachy flavour.
Missionary’s DownfallWith: Fresh mint, gold rum, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, honey syrup, pineapple juice and lime juice.We say: The clarity and clean flavour of peach schnapps makes it a perfect substitute for the peach brandy classically used to make a Missionary’s Downfall.
Bellini Peach SpritzWith: Prosecco, peach puree, lemon juice, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and soda.We say: Basically a Bellini served on-the-rocks.
Bellini-TiniWith: Vodka, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, peach puree and peach bitters.We say: Peachy! Based on the Bellini, funnily enough.
Aku AkuWith: Light rum, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, pineapple juice, sugar syrup, lime juice and mint leavesWe Say: This Tiki classic looks a little like frozen stagnant pond water but tastes minty fresh and rather good.
Bermuda CocktailWith: Dry gin, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, orange juice and grenadine.We says: Gin with a sweetening touch of peach, orange and pomegranate. A recipe from Victor Bergeron’s 1972 Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide.
Fizzy PeachtreeWith: Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, lime juice and soda water.We Say: As the name suggests, sparkling peach with delicate lime notes. Light and refreshing.
Hairy NavelWith: Vodka, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and orange juice.We Say: A Screwdriver with added peach schnapps liqueur. It’s fruity and on the sweet side of balanced – much tastier than a Fuzzy Navel.
Iguana WanaWith: Vodka, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur and orange juice.We Say: Orange juice and peach schnapps, laced with vodka.
Jelly Belly BeanyWith: Light rum, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, coconut rum liqueur, orange bitters and chilled water.We Say: It’s a sweetie but you’re going to enjoy chewing on it.
Peach & Apricot SpritzWith: Prosecco, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, apricot brandy and soda water.We Say: This prosecco-based spritz is fruity but not overly sweet. Peach and apricot sit brilliantly with the sparkling wine, think Bellini with a hint of apricot.
Sex on the Beach With: Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, orange juice, pineapple juice, vodka, cranberry juice and black raspberry liqueur.We Say: Sweet fruitiness masks the alcohol in this easy drinking long cocktail.
Slow Comfortable Fuzzy Screw Against the WallWith: Vodka, Spirit of Louisiana, sloe gin, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, orange juice and Galliano.We say: Peach schnapps is borrowed from the Fuzzy Navel to influence this member of the Slow Comfortable family.
Woo Woo With: Vodka, Peachtree peach schnapps liqueur, cranberry juice and peach bitters.We say: Fruity, cranberry laced with vodka and sweet peach liqueur. A quaffable cocktail from the 1980s.
Fruity Sex on the BeachWith: Vodka, peachtree peach schnapps, black raspberry liqueur, orange juice, cranberry juice and pineapple juice.We say: An infamous cocktail during the 1980s.
Georgia Mint JulepWith: Mint leaves, bourbon, peach schnapps, sugar syrup, Angostura-style bitters and soda water.We say: Bourbon, peach and mint flavours combine harmoniously in this cooling cocktail.