I’m not usually one for elaborate drinks (by which I mean anything more than beer, wine, gin + vermouth, or any alcohol + soda), but after the beauty — and ease — of this one, I might change my mind. This drink is perfect for September, using the last summer ingredients (peaches, mint) with touches of fall (whiskey, basically). I can’t take credit for most of it — I got the recipe from someone in my office — but I can take credit for increasing the amount of whiskey in it. Go me.
All the muddling involved here, and the fact that I had to do my muddling with the handle of a spoon, leads me to believe all the stronger that I really have to get myself a mortar and pestle. Look for it, in the coming weeks…
And now, without further ado, the drink I will call The Peach Smash, for lack of a better title. What it should really be called is Peach-Mint-Lemon-Whiskey Yumminess. Note: It’s a little citrusy; suggestions for how to tamp that down would be welcome. Mostly, I think my peaches weren’t ripe enough. Make sure yours are. Recipe after the jump…
– 10 mint leaves (plus optional sprigs, for garnish)
– 1 very ripe peach, cut into slices
– 1 lemon, cut in half and then each half quartered
– 2 ounces orange curacao (I used Hiram Walker)
– 6 ounces Bourbon
1. Muddle mint, all but 2 peach slices (which you will use for garnish), lemon and orange curacao in a bar glass or shaker.
2. Add bourbon and ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass with ice. Add optional garnish (mint sprig and peach slice). Drink with beer-can chicken (recipe coming next week).