This decadent and cool treat offers not only peach, but also hints of fresh herbs and vodka.


2 1/2 pounds ripe white peaches, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons)
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
2 sprigs fresh lavender, peppermint, or bush basil
1 tablespoon vodka
1 cup heavy cream


Coarsely chop peaches, and place them in a large bowl. Crush with a potato masher until only very small pieces remain. Stir in lemon juice, sugar, and herbs if desired. Cover, and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Stir in vodka, then the cream. Discard herbs.

Freeze peach mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions until thick but not frozen solid. Transfer to a chilled airtight container; freeze at least 2 hours (up to 2 weeks). Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving.