One of the all-time best summertime cocktails is the Peach Bourbon Smash! Sweet, cool and refreshing, it’s easy to drink and easy to make. I use peaches in this cocktail, but all stone fruits are amazing with bourbon. Apricots, plums, and nectarines have all been amazing as substitutes for peaches, and I mix it up quite a bit. I usually just go by what looks the best when selecting the fruits.
I’ve found that peaches are usually at the peak rough around the first or second week in August. They’re sweet, juicy and just about the most perfect thing you’ve ever tasted. Mix in a little ice cold bourbon, and some lemon and you’ve got yourself a party.
I always taste a slice of the peach before making the Peach Bourbon Smash in order to determine how sweet it is. Not all peaches were created equal and some will be sweeter than others. I vary the amount of simple syrup based on the quality of the peach in order to get the best result.
Here’s how I make the Peach Bourbon Smash:
INGREDIENTS for two cocktails:
- 1 Peach (or 2 apricots, or 2 plums, or 1 nectarine)
- 4 Ounces Bourbon
- 2 Ounces Aperol Orange Liqueur
- 1-2 Ounces Simple Syrup (depends on the sweetness of the fruit)
- 1 Lemon, juice
-Slice the peach in half and remove the stone, slice each half into 6-8 slices (depends on the size of the peach)
-Taste a slice to determine how much simple syrup to use.
-Reserve 4 slices for garnish
-Place the remaining peach slices into a cocktail shaker, add the liquor, simple syrup and lemon juice. Muddle the mixture well
-Add ice to the shaker, cover and shake well
-Strain into a tumbler over ice
-Garnish with peach slices, lemon slice, and mint