This recipe is coming to you a bit late today. I didn’t sleep well last night. That’s what happens when you are woken up at 3 am by two more bats flying around the house.
Seriously. Thank goodness it happened last night instead of the night before, when I was home alone. Because Dan is the hero when it comes to getting bats out of the house. I am useless in that scenario.
It basically goes like this: Dan covers his arms with a towel to chase the bat towards the window or door and/or tries to trap it under a plastic mixing bowl. Meanwhile, I huddle behind a mostly-closed door and try not to scream when the bat goes zooming by.
For the record, that bowl has now been used to trap two bats. I am never using it in the kitchen again. Unless we clean it at least 20 times first.
Needless to say, we had some trouble falling back asleep after the bat debacle. And now I’m feeling paranoid about working in my office, as that is where we have caught two of the three bats in the past few weeks. Somebody please remind me that they are nocturnal?
Too bad it is too early in the day for a cocktail.
Note: My peaches weren't diced. I had accidentally used clingstone peaches instead of freestone for some preserves (meaning the peach is much harder to separate from the pit), and therefore used the little bits of peaches that were still clinging to the pits for the vodka.
- 1 1/2 cups diced peaches (see note)
- 3-4 cups vodka (does not need to be high-quality)
- Put all of the peaches into a quart-sized Mason jar. Pour the vodka over the fruit, filling to the top. Cover and shake.
- Allow to infuse for 5-7 days, shaking the jar one or two times a day.
- Strain the vodka by covering the jar with a piece of cheesecloth or a jam bag and pouring the vodka into a mixing bowl.
- Squeeze the peaches gently to get more of the vodka out.
- Set the infused peaches aside, and pour the vodka back into the jar. Store in the freezer for 3-4 months.
- If you'd like, you can use the boozy peach pieces in a cocktail or sangria. Otherwise, discard the peaches.