This is a simple aperitif that hails from Provence – it is perfect served well chilled with lots of additional ice. I really love making this drink but it is something that I only make at this time of year and strangely it gives me a great sense of achievement. It is not made from peaches themselves but the tender young leaves from the tree itself.
500g/1lb caster sugar
125ml/4fl oz cognac
750ml/24fl oz light and fruity red wine
30 fresh peach leaves
Combine all the ingredients in a large non-reactive container – cover well with a lid and place in the fridge or in a cool dark place for around 14 days. Strain out the leaves and pour into a clean wine bottle. Serve well chilled.