Angostura bitters elevate this sweet cocktail to peach pie dessert status, making a peach pie martini the perfect summer (or dreaming of summer) night cap.
Peach season brings lots of delicious recipes with it, peach salads and jams, but my favorite use for fresh peaches is in cocktails and mocktails - like this peach pie martini!
Peach syrup can be easily made with just 1 or 2 fresh peaches and the standard white sugar you probably already have in your pantry. Looking for a different sugar to use? Swap the white sugar for brown sugar or honey in the instructions below for an equally delicious cocktail syrup.
What You Need for a Peach Pie Martini
- Peach schnapps/liqueur
- Peach syrup (recipe below)
- A lemon
- Aromatic Bitters
- Cinnamon and Sugar
How to Make a Peach Pie Martini
Run a slice of lemon around the rim of your glass, then roll the rim in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
Strain into your prepared martini glass.
How to Make Peach Syrup
2 ripe peaches, sliced
½ c sugar
½ c water
0.5 oz lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to boil and reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 5-10 mins until peaches are extremely soft.
Remove from heat and mash peach slices into the liquid. Set aside to cool slightly.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl. Pour peach mixture through the sieve, pressing the mixture against the sieve to remove as much liquid as possible from the peaches.
Discard any peach remnants left in the sieve or use in baking.
Let the liquid cool completely before using.
Makes aprox 8 oz of syrup.
Tips for Peach Pie Martinis
Be sure to make the peach syrup several hours before making your cocktails so it has time to chill before using it.
Fresh juice is important here. Take the time to squeeze some lemon juice. (You'll need about ½ a lemon for 0.5 oz of juice.) It'll taste better than bottled. Promise!
Give your glass a cinnamon sugar rim! Combine 1 teaspoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow dish. Wet the rim of your glass with a slice of lemon or some water and dip it in the cinnamon sugar mixture. (Do this step before you make your martini.)
Frozen, yes. Canned, no. Put the frozen peach straight in the pot, and follow the same instructions for peach syrup as outlined above, just add a couple extra minutes to your cook time. Canned fruit don't work well in syrups, so skip those.
You can leave out the bitters and still have a great peach martini. The aromatic bitters are what give the cocktail it's "peach pie" vibe, so if you skip the bitters, you're skipping the spices. Angostura aromatic bitters is a great staple to have in your home bar and are readily found in the liquor section of most major grocery stores.
Happy Hour Snack Pairing
Enjoy your peach pie martini with cool, creamy Crab Rangoon Dip.