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11Jul 12

Summer + frozen peachy amaretto cooler = a perfect mix

frozen peachy amaretto coolerThere is something about summer that has always attracted me. Maybe it’s because I come from an island where a good summer amounts to 10 gorgeous days and a lot of clouds and rain in between. But there is something else to the season, even in England. People change throughout the hot months and are always looking for a good time, even if stuck at work. Drinks also change, and the fruity, refreshing beverages take over from the stiff, rich mixes of the rest of the year. The frozen peachy amaretto cooler is a summer cocktail and the drink I want to share with you today.

The main ingredient to a frozen peachy amaretto cooler is amaretto disaronno, a sweet, almond-flavoured Italian liqueur. It is made from a base of either apricots or almond pits, and sometimes both. According to history or legend –or a bit of both- it was first concocted in 1525 in the town of Saronno in Italy. One of Leonardo Da Vinci´s pupils, a painter called Bernardo Luini, was commissioned to paint frescoes in a sanctuary in the city. Luini was ordered to depict the Madonna and was in need of a model. He found inspiration in a young widowed innkeeper who became his model, and, some also say, his lover. Out of gratitude and affection, the woman steeped apricot kernels in brandy and presented the resulting spirit to a deeply moved Luini.

The other two ingredients in the cocktail are frozen peach slices and apple juice. If you have the chance of getting hold of some fresh ripe peaches, then all you have to do is peel them and put them in the freezer the night before you intend to use them.

The frozen peachy amaretto cooler tastes like heaven on a warm summer evening. It is refreshing, fruity and you can hardly taste the liqueur in it although the drink has a kick, which is fine if you are on holiday but rather dangerous if you are stuck at work the next day! If you are thinking of throwing a summer bash, keep this drink in mind – none of your guests will be disappointed. Of course, you will also have to serve food like these grilled chicken wings with a honey and lime butter sauce. They are perfect for a barbecue on a hot summer night, washed down with my fruity cooler.



Summer and a frozen peachy amaretto cooler, a perfect mix
Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1
The perfect frozen drink for summer
  • 4cl amaretto disaronno
  • 250g frozen peach slices
  • 50cl apple juice
  1. In a blender, mix the frozen peaches and apple juice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the amaretto.
  4. Pour into a chilled glass and serve immediately.

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  1. Are there different types of disaronno?


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