Magical Peach And Gin Cocktail: Shades & The Giant Peach

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Are you looking for a summer peach and gin cocktail recipe? You’ll love this refreshing Shades and the Giant Peach literary cocktail inspired by James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.

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We love a delicious gin cocktail. This southern blogger cannot resist a sweet book and Georgia peach, either. Discover one magical recipe inspired by Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Meet “Shades and the Giant Peach.”

One of my favorite children’s books of all-time, James and the Giant Peach is a heart-warming story about an orphaned boy making the most unusual and kindest new friends as he tries to survive living with his terrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge.

When James drops magical crystals next to a peach tree, the peach and its insect inhabitants become larger than life. The unlikely gaggle of characters heads out on an adventure, teaching us about love, acceptance, and friendship.

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James and the Giant Peach is also special in our household because when Tom and I first started dating, we watched James and the Giant Peach at the theater as one of our earliest dates. We picked up the novel together, reading a chapter aloud each evening, and spent a fun night out as James and his friends navigated their peach around the globe.

In honor of James and the Giant Peach, Cultivated Cocktails created Shades and the Giant Peach, a peach and gin cocktail perfect for the summer. Refreshing and not too sweet, this literary cocktail is designed for gin-lovers who enjoy a little fruit and fizz.

Let’s get started!

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Too early in the AM for a drink? Save this James and the Giant Peach literary-inspired cocktail for later on Pinterest.

What Makes For A Good Peach And Gin Cocktail?

I am not a cocktail expert — just a boozy drinker — but I definitely think this peach and gin drink is a lot like a Gin and Tonic getting it on with a Peach Bellini. I love brunch so dang much, and most of that adoration has to do with, you guessed it, brunch cocktails. This peachy literary drink is perfect for brunch or an early evening cool down on the back deck.

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You’ll love this peach and gin cocktail if you covet Bellinis or Gin & Tonics. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

What makes this James and the Giant Peach literary-inspired cocktail so special is that it is not too sweet and has a small kick of fizz, which makes me think of peach fuzz. I have no idea, either — maybe I drank one too many already. Trust me, IT JUST GOES WELL.

And I am not going to lie, either. As I get older, I just love gin — dry or filled with botanicals.

What Cocktail Tools Will You Need For This James and the Giant Peach Drink?

Double Jigger

double jigger is fantastic for measuring spirits and add-ins. We prefer jiggers that also have the small, incremented measurements notched inside, even though I tend to eyeball amounts.

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A cocktail shaker with a strainer is a must for many of our literary cocktails. If you buy nothing else for drink-making, this is it! Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Cocktail Shaker

For almost all cocktails, you’ll want to invest in a cocktail shaker or cocktail kit. Cocktail shakers are a quick and efficient way to mix up your drink.

Bar Spoon

A long bar spoon will help you both measure and stir your ingredients. If you don’t have a fancy bar spoon, just use one teaspoon instead.

Cocktail Picks

Not essential–but fun–why not add cocktail picks for your garnish?

What Ingredients Do You Need For This James and the Giant Peach Literary Cocktail?

This boozy libation has a few more ‘fancy’ ingredients. What will you need to make this peach and gin drink?

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A few ingredients that we love for this peach and gin cocktail include delicious gin, lime juice, Cascara and Vanilla mixed, orange syrup, bitters, and peach Bellini soda. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Shades and the Giant Peach Ingredients:

Don’t forget your copy of James and the Giant Peach, too!

How Do You Make Shades And The Giant Peach?

Mixing up this cocktail is super easy and takes less than 5-minutes.

Combine the gin, lime juice, Cascara/Vanilla mix, orange syrup, and bitters into a shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice. Shake for 30-seconds. Strain the liquid into a glass.

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What makes this peach and gin cocktail extra spectacular is the splash of peach soda. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Top with peach Bellini soda. Imagine the giant peach landing on the Empire State building. Garnish with peaches, if you like. If the peaches are too ripe, you might have a splash, though. Maybe just dig in like James and his friends?!

More Roald Dahl Books To Read:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl was actually a large part of our dating history. For the first birthday that Tom and I celebrated together, we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and visited a real chocolate factory for lunch and hot chocolate in CT. Sure, Dahl offs all of the annoying spoiled brats, but it’s a great story.

MatildaMatilda is one of my favorite classics by Dahl. She is sweet and bookish with some magical powers and one fabulous teacher. While Dahl has a lot of negative portrayals of adults, he gives a few some redemptive qualities.

The BFG– Growing up, my grandmother and I loved the Big Friendly Giant. I will say that after reading the book as an adult, there are a few comments that are offensive AF… If we get a re-write, I’m back on board.

You might also love these James and the Giant Peach gifts for book lovers.

Don’t skip our printable and pin-able recipe here:

Peach Gin Cocktail James and the Giant Peach Drink with pink cocktail on a tree stump coaster and bottle of Cultivated Cocktails gin

Shades And The Giant Peach: Peach And Gin Cocktail

Yield: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

You'll love this refreshing peach and gin cocktail inspired by the children's novel, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This literary cocktail pairs perfectly with Shades of Rose Gin from Cultivated Cocktails.



  1. Combine gin, lime juice, vanilla, orange syrup, and bitters into a shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.
  3. Shake for 30 seconds.
  4. Strain liquid into a glass.
  5. Top with peach soda.
  6. Garnish with peaches.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1231Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 182gFiber: 12gSugar: 136gProtein: 6g

Did you make this recipe?

If you make this peach and gin cocktail, don't forget to tag @theuncorkedlibrarian and @cultivatedcocktailsdistillery on Instagram with your delicious drink.

Let Us Know What You Think Of This Peach And Gin Cocktail & Literary Libation

Have you read James and the Giant Peach? Did you enjoy it? What do think of Roald Dahl? He can be a bit vial at times and tends to slyly murder off his characters…

If you make this peach and gin cocktail, please let us know what you think in the comments and tag @ theuncorkedlibrarian and @ cultivatedcocktailsdistillery on Instagram.

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Don’t forget that you can stop by Cultivated Cocktails in downtown Asheville across from the Grove Arcade to pick up a cocktail kit, grab a bottle of gin and most of these ingredients, and share a craft cocktail with friends. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

More About The Creator Of This Peach And Gin Cocktail, Cultivated Cocktails

Cultivated Cocktails is a family-owned distillery in Asheville, North Carolina. Every year, they produce award-winning spirits.

Cultivated Cocktails launched its first product, Hazel 63 Rum, in 2016. Each product pays tribute to their family or history in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Crafting products that speak for themselves and NC is an important part of their mission. 

A Note About Their Gin: Shades of Rose

Inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald line in This Side of Paradise, this Gin is rested and finished in red wine barrels from Raylen Vineyards in the NC piedmont region. Find a distinct flavor that pairs well with a variety of cocktails or is simply refreshing over ice. Certain botanicals are mellowed out such as citrus, juniper, and coriander while others become stronger like the cassia. This has more warmth to it, and a little bit of spice.

A Special Thank You To Sarah Resta Photography

The pictures featured in this post are from our partner, Sarah Resta Photography. Sarah Resta is both a local and international engagement and wedding photographer available for hire. Sarah also works with small businesses and bloggers, like The Uncorked Librarian & Uncorked Asheville. You can find Sarah on Facebook and Instagram. Email: [email protected]

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Christine Frascarelli

Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge. With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.


  1. Ooo this one sounds delicious! I don’t normally go for anything peach, but I’d drink anything alcoholic these days. Plus I love that there is vanilla cascaras and orange bitters. Mmmm.

    Absolutely love brunch too! It may primarily have to do with the food though. A cocktail is always a plus.

    Beautiful photos! As always Sarah does a fantastic job.

    1. I really love peach as long as it’s not too sweet, which makes this one perfect. Plus, when you live near the land of the peaches… hehe. What is your favorite fruit in a drink? I used to love strawberry or mango anything.

      Orange bitters are always one of my favs, too! We’ve been really into chocolate bitters as well.

      Thank you! Sarah definitely nailed it. I’d be lost without her.

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