Friday, June 17, 2011

Peach Cooler a la Gwyneth Paltrow

Is there anything this woman can't do?  At this point, I don't think so.  She has now taken on the food world (because if you have already taken on the acting, singing and blogging world, what is left?) and is on the cover Bon Appetit (June 2011).  I picked it up because I was intrigued and wanted to see if any of her recipes really pan out.  I of course started with her alcoholic suggestion because, I mean, who doesn't like a good cocktail.  Here is the recipe...

Peach Cooler
Bon Appetit, June 2011, page 78
Courtesy of Gwyneth Paltrow

2 very ripe peaches , peeled, cut into 1/2" wedges
6 Tbsp. Peach liqueur
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. vodka
1 English hothouse cucumber
2 c. chilled Prosecco
1 1/2 c. chilled soda water
12 fresh mint leaves

1. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, mash the peaches with the liqueur and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
2. Stir in Vodka

Note: this can be made 4 hours ahead.  Just cover and chill!

3. Cut 1/2 of cucumber lengthwise into 4 spears of garnish.
4. Thinly slice remaining cucumber.

5. Stir Prosecco, soda water, mint, and sliced cucumber into pitcher.
6. Fill glasses with ice.  Pour cooler into glasses; garnish with cucumber spear

The verdict?  Absolutely DELISH!  It was extremely refreshing and not nearly as sweet as Sangria (which was a positive for the hubby).  The only thing to note is that this only make 4 servings so if you have people over, I would at least double the recipe, if not more.

PERFECT for a summer evening!  Yes, Gwyneth, you really can do it all!


  1. Umm..that looks amazing. I love anything peach. But what is an "English Hothouse cucumber"?

  2. The cucumber sounds like something you would not be able to find but it is usually carried in grocery stores. I have gotten them at our local Ralphs and Pavilions. It is a thinner, longer cucumber and most often it is prepackaged.

    Hope you like it! The only problem is that we (hubby and I) wanted more when it was gone!

  3. oooh that looks so good! nice find.


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