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Summers in Texas were spent, in my family at least, at our family ranch in the sleepy one-stoplight town of Johnson City, Texas at our family ranch.
One of the best things about the ranch was a spring fed creek, Miller Creek, which ran behind one of the more rustic dwellings on the property. It was heaven for a kid: vast acreage, wild animals, phenomenal food; and, if you were good, Poppa would take you to the Dairy Queen after naps. Mind you one time I didn’t have shoes on and the girl behind the counter asked us to leave the Dairy Queen.
My dad and Poppa would collect assorted inner tubes off of big trucks and such. They’d fill those big black tubes with air and down to the creek we’d start. We’d drop our tubes in the frigid spring water on one end of the fence line and let the current carry us to the other. Me and my little sisters, who are all little shits, would try to flip people off their tubes or drag my Granny into the “snake bank” – areas with high grass that no doubt (in Granny’s mind) were maternity wards for water moccasin.
Johnson City, Texas is famous for Freestone Peaches and we’d always get bushels of succulent peaches in the heat of summer. That memory inspired me to concoct this sweet summery cocktail topped with a brightly colored “tube” – a delicious peach ring candy. Yeah, it ain’t classy, but it’s delicious.
I present to you the Tubin’ in the Creek.
What you need:
Put your shaker and a pint mason jar in the freezer. When the shaker is cold, put some ice in it.
Add to the ice:
- 2 oz. peach whiskey (I am using Bird Dog)
- 1 oz. peach nectar (this is easy to find in ethnic food sections – I am using a Greek variety)
- 1/2 oz. Aperol
- 1/2 oz. lemon juice
- 2 oz. San Pellegrino lemonata
- 2 oz. club soda
Shake it shake it shake it!
Fill your mason jar with ice cubes. I like square ice. Square ice is the most visually appealing. They make silicon molds to get perfectly square ice.
Strain the shaken liquid into the jar. Top with a candy peach ring. If you can keep from eating more than one peach ring, I’ll send you a prize.
You’re going to love this. It’s summer in a glass.
This is The Gentleman Caller signing off!