Peachy Colada has simple ingredients and tastes perfectly delicious. Made with frozen peaches, 2 types of rum, and crema of coconut, it’s a refreshing summer colada you’ll enjoy.
I don’t know about you, but I love peaches. Like they’re tops on my list of fruits. I’m sure I’ve listed them before. It’s pears, mangos, peaches, watermelon, then various others that are pretty even in rank. I love going to the farmers market and seeing all the fresh peaches. Their sweet aroma filling the air making my mouth water.
Where do peaches come from?
Asia. Peaches originated in Asia. In particular, China. Which I never knew. Actually, I had no idea where they came from. This is part of the reason I have been sharing the history of food in some of these posts. I am very much interested in where my food comes from.
Spanish explorers brought the peach to the Florida coast. From there, it expanded up and down the east coast. Ironically, even though the Georgia peach is iconic, it’s not the states biggest crop. And Georgia doesn’t even produce the most peaches every year. That would be California. Then it’s South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey.
Yes, I know this post is supposed to be about the rum and not the peaches. But I wanted to share a little info on the sweet, juicy, golden globes that I love so much. And I personally have eaten a Jersey peach and they are amazing. Just saying.
Where does rum come from?
The fermentation of sugar cane syrup has a long history. It goes back to 7th century AD. But, like all things, it wasn’t anything like drink today. Marco Polo writes about a brum that was a wine made from sugar. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that the rum we know started to come into shape.
Plantation slaves in the 17th century figured out they could ferment molasses into an alcohol. Then distilling was added to the method. This process is on it’s way to becoming the rum we know. Of course, there’s an alternate story of someone bringing the whole process from Brazil to Barbados.
However it ended up in the Caribbean, it soon because very popular. So much so that it turned into currency for trade. Instead of being paid in French brandy, people were paid in the new rum currency. Rum’s popularity spread up and down the east coast. In particular, New England. So much so that rum distilleries were built in Staten Island and then Boston.
From there, the history of rum in the US takes on a more political note. The French banned production of rum in an attempt to end competition with their brandy. But that only backfired. The rum distilleries could then purchase the goods needed at a lower cost to be able to produce more rum. George Washington even insisted on rum being at this inauguration.
Fun facts about rum!
It’s the oldest spirit in the world. Remember I said it was made as far back as 7th century AD? Well, it’s not that old. But rum started in the 1600s making it the first alcohol that was manufactured and distilled. And it is the first spirit to be enjoyed recreationally and not medicinally.
Rum has a lot of nicknames. Kill-Devil was, I think, the first one. Because of how strong in flavor and strong in alcohol. It was also known as demon water. I think we can all understand that one. Navy Neaters, because, well the Navy used to have rum on the ships I think. The rest being Nelson’s Blood (after Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson), Barbados Water (for obvious reasons), Grog, Pirate’s Drink, and Rumbullion.
Mount Gay is the oldest exiting rum company. It dates back to the 1700s. However, Bacardi is the largest rum distillery. Puerto Rice has (or had?) a large output of sugar cane which is the main ingredient for rum. It only makes sense that they would have the largest distillery. And the recipe is a complete secret. The recipe is only passed down through the Bacardi family.
Rum has health benefits. Or so they say. Rum was once used as a hair tonic or shampoo. It is known to clean hair and strengthen roots. Some even say it helps those losing their hair with growing new hair. Rum is also good for the insides, too. The Navy used to give their seamen rum to prevent scurvy. Could you image? You have to drink rum for your health? What a shame.
The Pina Colada started in Puerto Rico.
Ramón “Monchito” Marrero was a bartender at the Caribe Hilton. In 1954, he mixed up the rum with some coconut cream and pineapple juice. It was sweet with a little tartness form the pineapple and the delicious kick of rum. It’s not surprising that the pina colada took off! So much so that it’s the national drink of Puerto Rico. The governor of Puerto Rico presented the Caribe Hilton with a proclamation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular cocktail.
I couldn’t resist from picking up some deliciously ripe peaches from the farmer’s market. Because, well, read the first paragraph. I thought about making a traditional pina colada, but that didn’t seem right to me. While they are delicious, they’re a quite common. So, I thought I’d kick it up and try a peach version.
What’s in a Peachy Colada?
I took those white peaches I bought at the market and chopped them up. Then I put those pieces in the freezer. What I didn’t want was a little peach flavor with mostly ice to be the filler in this peachy colada. So, I stuck those pieces in the freezer to be the base for the peachy colada.
Then I added in the traditional cream of coconut, rum, and some ice. I added a little peach Schnapps to round out the peach flavor. And I couldn’t resist kicking up the coconut flavor with some coconut rum. And that’s it! Just a few ingredients for a fresh and summer ready cocktail.
Yes, you can omit the coconut rum and the peach schnapps. You don’t need them in there. The peaches, cream of coconut, and rum are plenty to make this a delicious cocktail. And if you want to make this a virgin version, omit the alcohol entirely. You can add in a little coconut water, coconut milk, or even some apple juice to fill in for the rum.
- 1 1/2 cups diced frozen peaches
- 5 ounces rum
- 3 ounces cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
- 2 ounce coconut rum
- 1 ounce peach Schnapps
- 2 cup ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blend and pulse until the ice is chopped.
- Blend until smooth and serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 627Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 51mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 6gSugar 35gProtein 4g
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