Here’s a riddle for you: What do you get when a girl receives an early Anniversary gift from her loving husband, the pots of mint are overflowing, and it happens to be peach season? The answer my friends is a Bourbon Peach Smash.
My incredible husband purchased me a wonderful bottle of bourbon as an early “Anniversary Gift.” Our 3rd year of marriage is just about to come to an end next week; and while we don’t typically give gifts on the annual celebration of the day we wedded, Kyle took this as an opportunity to buy me the bottle of bourbon I have been coveting, yet too
cheap money conscious to buy (what with the impending house purchase right around the corner). Naturally I accepted this gracious gift. And then got to enjoying it.
It also just so happens to be the perfect time of year to enjoy peaches. From mid-June to August I devour these pitted fruit nearly every single day. And before and after this time? I don’t dare eat them, because I know the taste will be inferior to that of the juicy, summery peaches that I love so much. So after a long day at work, I had decided to whip up a cocktail using my new bottle of bourbon. I knew I’d use mint, because if you could see the monstrosity of mint on my deck you’d be throwing it at every dish and drink you made too; but I wasn’t up for a julep. In typical 21st Century fashion, I Googled “bourbon” + “peaches” + “mint” and was greeted with the Bourbon and Peach Smash. And here you have it folks; my quick and dirty take on this drink. And an early 3-Year Celebration Drink that my husband and I enjoyed.
Bourbon Peach Smash
Adapted from imbide magazine
“What is a Smash?” you may ask? It is simply another word for any drink that is muddled – a statement that implies the “smashing” motion used to crush your herbs and mint into some sugar and liquid; and then drown in tasty liquor. I use Angostura bitters here because I enjoy bitters in most of my cocktails. If you don’t have them, feel free to leave them out – this will still be a fantastic drink.
1 peach, pitted and sliced
6 large mint leaves, roughly torn
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp superfine sugar
4 oz water
4 oz bourbon
angostura bitters (optional)
2 mint sprigs (optional)
Combine the peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, sugar, and water in a cocktail shaker. With the end of a wooden spoon or muddler, smash the fruit and mint together until nearly all the peaches have broken down. Add the bourbon, a few dashes of bitters, and 4-6 ice cubes. Replaces the lid on tightly and shake for about a minute.
Place 2-3 ice cubes into 2 lowball glasses. Strain the bourbon peach smash into both glasses. Enjoy greedily.
Makes 2 drinks.