Wine coolers – aah, wine coolers.  I do believe they were the first alcoholic beverage I ever tried.  My tastes quickly evolved to fancier things like cosmos and wine, surely in part because of the stigma associated with wine coolers.  You know, that they suck?  Well these don’t suck.  In fact, they are pretty great.  These are what wine coolers should be, but probably never could be in the bottled form because they would lose all the wonderful fresh fruit flavor.

These are fantastic for entertaining on a summer’s night.  The novelty of homemade wine coolers was a big hit with my friends, and so was the flavor.  I used a Riesling and it seemed just right to me, but you can use your favorite white wine.  I’m already looking forward to trying more flavor variations, and I think it is fair to say I have a lot of friends willing to partake in those endeavors.


1 lb. fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
2 oz. peach schnapps
Generous pinch of kosher salt
2 (750 mL) bottles dry Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, divided
Ice, for serving
Additional sliced peaches, for serving


  • 01

    In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the peaches, peach schnapps, salt and a scant 2 cups of the wine.  Puree until smooth and frothy, about 1 minute.  Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if desired (I skipped this step and preferred the thicker texture of the peach puree) and transfer to a pitcher.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

  • 02

    When ready to serve, fill wine glasses with ice.  Fill the glasses halfway with the peach mixture and top off the rest of the way with the additional white wine.  Garnish with sliced peaches as desired.


  • delightfullysweet

    Love it!
    Great for a weekend BBQ!

  • Gwyn

    Wow, these look great, I am going to the Peach Festival in Palisade CO in few weeks, now I know what to do with my peaches!!!

  • These look festive and delicious. I, too, cut my drinking teeth on wine coolers. California Coolers, to be exact. My teeth sort of hurt just thinking about them.

    Can’t wait to see what other variations you come up with!

  • I can’t WAIT to try these!!!

  • i can’t wait to make these! i love fruity drinks :)

  • Love wine coolers, brings me back to college! Looks delightfully refreshing!

  • Liz N

    With peach season coming up in Colorado, I’ll be looking forward to turning some of that bounty into peach coolers. I love peach bellinis so this is another fun way to use peaches!

  • Renae

    Sounds yummy, Annie. When peaches are not in season, could you use frozen peaches? Or, how do you think canned would work?

  • These do look wonderful for summer entertaining, or just to sip while relaxing on the screen porch in the evening after a long work day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Love this idea! “Thank you for your support!” :)

  • Can’t wait to try…. I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  • I’m actually having a rather impromptu BBQ this weekend at my house and my mom would LOVE these. Thanks for posting!

  • Amazing! I have all of these goodies in my kitchen right now- although 10:30 is a little early for wine coolers this will be made this evening!!!

  • MissG

    We are SO having these at my sister’s bridal shower next summer!

  • Wine Coolers definitely take me back!

  • I just bought peaches at the Farmer’s Market and I love Reisling. Looks delicious!

  • Annie

    Frozen would be okay, I wouldn’t use canned. Canned fruits = ick.

  • Kate

    If you like these, you’d love Bellinis. It’s similar, except you use sparkling wine. Usually Prosecco. YUM!

  • LOL! I love it! I remember drinking wine coolers in high school and thinking I was so cool. This sounds delicious.

  • Peaches are my favorite summer treat, and this looks like yet another inventive way to enjoy them! I love this idea for a late afternoon lunch… Lovely job, Annie.

  • This looks like the perfect summer drink!

  • Is it wrong to serve these at a baby shower? I’ll give the mom-to-be a fresh peach to nosh on. That’s not evil, is it? ;)

  • I’d love to have one of those while sunbathing!

  • mmm I’m glad you liked these – you’ll have to try the strawberry soon too! You’ve got me craving them again…. and I am at the beach with a big bag of peaches and a few bottles of wine….

  • These look great! Can’t wait to try them. I might just have to plan a party so I have an excuse to try these.

  • Desiree H.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make these for the beach.

  • Lori Covington Schueren

    Hi Annie – I’m about to go pick some peaches at a local farm this weekend and was wondering….in your peach recipes that say “fresh peaches” as an ingredient, do you think it would work just as well to freeze the freshly picked peaches and thaw them at a later date to use in the recipe?

  • annieseats

    Whenever a fruit is frozen, I think it isn’t quite the same afterward (especially something like peaches). I guess I’m just kind of a purist when it comes to fruit, but in recipes where I call for fresh, I still think that’s the way to go. I suppose it also depends a little bit on what recipe it is. In cobbler or pie, the fresh frozen would probably be okay. In the peach shortcakes where they aren’t cooked/baked, I think I’d stick with fresh.

  • Lori Covington Schueren

    Great, thanks for your input!

  • Your recipe is being featured in a peach roundup. I will be pinning and tweeting it too this week.