Enjoy a tall glass of this perfectly sweet cocktail flavored with the juice of ripe peaches and a fresh hint of mint.
10 servings (about 2/3 cup each)
3 cups coarsely chopped peeled ripe peaches (about 1 pound)
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)
3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/2 cup packed mint leaves
2 cups white rum
4 cups club soda, chilled
mint sprigs (optional)
Place peaches in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Press peach purée through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
Combine rind, lime juice, sugar, and mint in a large pitcher; crush juice mixture with the back of a long spoon. Add peach purée and rum to pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in club soda. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
Use a wooden muddler to crush the mint mixture in the pitcher, if available. The procedure releases the mint's essential oils, melding them with the lime juice.