July is National Peach Month! We are very lucky to live in an area that has, arguably, the best peaches in the country, which means there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate this month. Pretty much everyone in Colorado knows that Palisade is famous for peaches! According to the Palisade Historical Society, Colorado has 2,300 acres of peaches, and Palisade growers distribute 600,000 bushels of peaches in a good year. That's a lot of peaches!
If we take a moment to channel Forrest Gump, during the peach season in Palisade you can find whole peaches, canned peaches, peach cobbler mix, peach crisp mix, peach salsa, peach jalapeño jelly, peach flavored balsamic vinegar, peach beer, peach wine, and peach spirits. As we gear up for peach season, let’s take a moment to explore the local peach-infused beverages.
When it comes to peach cider, Talbott’s Cider Co. has got you covered for hot days here on the West Slope. Their Summer Sunset Peach Cider tastes like summer in a can! Their Hot Girl Summer Cider is their signature cider blend with Palisade Peaches and habanero peppers; this tasty beverage is sweet with a kick of heat.
On the spirits side, the aptly named Peach Street Distillers uses thousands of pounds of Palisade peaches to make their Peach Brandy and Peach Infused Bourbon. They are great straight up over ice or in one of Peach Street's amazing cocktails!
Being in the heart of peach country, it’s no surprise that the wineries of Palisade have a plethora of potent peach potables to partake in! Perhaps the elder statesman when it comes to peach wine, Carlson Vineyards has been making a wine solely out of peaches for 30 years - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! In fact, their Palisade Peach Wine was a double-gold medalist in the 2015 Colorado Governor’s Cup. Their Palisade Peach Wine is also the base for a delicious peach cocktail that is very refreshing on a hot day! Red Fox Cellars is offering a bushel of peach fox-tails, including peach Bellini, peach punch, peach mule, and peach mimosa.
With all of these great beverage options around town, there's no question your July will be just "Peachy"! Cheers everyone!