TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups chopped peeled fresh peaches or 1 pound frozen unsweetened sliced peaches
  • 1 package (3/4 ounce) fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • Additional cold water
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda or Champagne
  • Additional fresh basil leaves

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without Champagne): 157 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, peaches, basil and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Discard basil; stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate until cooled completely.
  2. Place peach mixture in a blender; cover and process until blended. Strain into a pitcher; add additional cold water to reach desired consistency. To serve, fill glasses with ice. Pour peach mixture halfway up glass; top with club soda or, if desired, champagne. Serve with additional basil. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Peach-Basil Cooler in Modern Comfort 2016, p70

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