You probably know from previous posts, that I enjoy a glass of wine every so often. But sometimes during the summer, nothing tastes better than a crisp cocktail. A good cocktail doesn't need to be complex (some of my favorites, like Mint Juleps & French 75's only have a few ingredients) but while produce is at it's best, why not switch it up a little and use those peaches for a before-dinner drink instead of a pie? I would recommend using especially ripe peaches, as they are the main flavor you taste (besides the bourbon, of course). Next time, I might try switching out the mint with basil, and adding a float of prosecco on the top instead of club soda for a little more interest.
And while starting off Monday morning with a cocktail recipe may seem like cruel and unusual punishment, doesn't it make you excited to go home and try it? Not a bad way to start off the week, in my opinion.
Peach-Bourbon Smash (adapted from The Kitchn), makes 1 cocktail
1/4 - 1/2 peach, cut into thick slices 3 or 4 fresh mint or basil leaves 1 lemon wedge 1 ounce water 1/2 ounce simple syrup 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey 1-2 ounces club soda 1 peach slice, for garnish
Muddle all ingredients except whiskey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and whiskey. Shake and strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a peach slice.