Drinks on the Traeger. Yep. They’re one of our favorite ways to add a little wood fired flavor to a meal, to round it out as a dinner entirely made on the grill. There are lots of different smoked cocktail ideas out there on the internet, but we wanted to be sure to highlight an ingredient that is fresh and seasonal and picks up the wood fired flavor of the grill well.
We bring you– a smoked peach daiquiri. Give yourself a little extra time with this one– while you can make the drink with the fruit straight off the grill, you’ll be better off letting the fruit cool (at least to room temperature) which prevents all the ice from melting as you blend.
SEASONAL FRUIT + TRAEGER = SMOKED COCKTAILS
Lots of bars and restaurants these days have incorporated craft cocktails on their menus in recent years. From Old Fashioneds and Manhattans to jam drinks and margaritas, pricey, classy cocktails have taken the world by a storm.
What’s better than going to a bar to have a fun cocktail? Doing it at home so that you can enjoy it in the company of family and friends. Not only can you experiment with different flavor combinations, but you can also do so in the comfort of your home– and at a fraction of the price! Try this smoked peach daiquiri today!
PEACHES IN SEASON
Being from Colorado, Palisade Peaches are a big deal here. They’re from Colorado’s western slope, and on good years they’re plentiful, juicy and amazing. If we have a cold snap early in the growing season, the peach harvests can be really impacted. But this year seems to be a good year for peaches, and we’re starting to see them appear in grocery stores, farmers markets and soon in roadside stands.
Beyond eating them by the fistful– with juice dripping down your elbow– they are a great ingredient for all sorts of meals. We thought that a great way to incorporate early season peaches on the Traeger in a drink would be to do so via a daiquiri.
Admittedly, the peaches we used for this particular cook were a bit underripe and we realized we could have waited a week to get a batch of really soft and juicy peaches for the feature. But rather than hold out on this recipe for when peaches are ripe for us, we wanted to share it now so you can enjoy it with ripe peaches in the coming weeks.
Peaches, like all stone fruits, are a great item to put on the grill. They hold up well to the heat and smoke, soak up the wood fired flavor, and caramelize nicely as the sugars hit the hot grates. We have other peach recipes coming your way soon– but give this one a try soon and stay tuned for more peachy goodness.
- Fresh peaches
- White Rum
WHY TRAEGERING YOUR SMOKED PEACH DAIQUIRI WORKS
Cocktails are a great way to incorporate wood-fired flavor from the Traeger in your food. You can cut corners and use Traeger’s smoked simple syrup as an ingredient, but we highly recommend you add some of that flavor to the other ingredients in your creations, too.
There are a few reasons that grilling stone fruit (like peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines works so well:
- The flavors intensify as the sugars naturally in the fruit hits the heat
- The sugars in the fruit start to caramelize
- The flesh of the fruit can hold up to heat pretty well
- The wood-fired flavor from a Traeger gets picked up in the fruit, adding a layer of complexity
- You can use slightly less-ripe fruit for grilling, which ensures the flesh holds its shape
- If you add a little more sugar (like dipping the cut side in sugar), you can get more caramelization
- Select your fruit– several peaches and a handful of limes that are slightly less than ripe. Wash all the fruit.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the limes in half.
- Then cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Cut into smaller pieces if desired.
- Remove the peach skins if desired.
- Turn on your Traeger grill to 225* super smoke.
- When the grill is hot, place the peaches and limes on the Traeger grates.
- Close the lid.
- Let the fruit smoke for 20-30 minutes until heated through, juicy and caramelized.
- Remove the fruit from the grill and allow to cool to room temperature (or put them in the fridge).
- When ready to make the drinks, puree the peaches (without skin, if desired) and lime juice and pulp in a blender.
- Add sugar and rum and blend until smooth.
- Add ice cubes and puree until just blended.
- Pour the smoked peach daiquiri into serving glasses and garnish with a lime round.
OTHER DRINKS ON THE TRAEGER
Here are a few recipes incorporating alcohol that may provide some inspiration for your home-crafted cocktails.
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Smoked Peach Daiquiri on the Traeger
- Traeger grill
- Citrus juicer (optional)
- 4 whole ripe peaches
- 4 whole limes
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 cup white rum
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Preheat your Traeger grill to 225* with the super smoke feature enabled
- While the grill heats, slice the peaches in half and remove pits
- Cut the limes in half
- Place the peach halves and the lime halves on the grill and close the lid
- Allow the fruit to smoke for at least 20 minutes, until heated through and somewhat caramelized
- Pull the fruit from the grill and place on a cookie sheet or pan in the refrigerator
- Refrigerate the fruit until cold throughout
- *optional: pull the skins off the peach halves, if desired
- Place the peach halves in the blender
- Squeeze the lime juice and some pulp into the blender jar
- Close the lid and puree until the fruit is smooth
- Open the jar and add the rum and sugar, mixing to combine
- Pour in the ice cubes and blend on high until consistently smooth
- Transfer to a glass and serve with a lime round