Whiskey often takes a back seat in the summer to lighter spirits. While it seems that Vodka, Gin and Rum dominate the summer cocktail recipes, Whiskey can be a great base especially when it is peach season. This is a cocktail that we owe to Bar Master extraordinaire, Dale Degroff. It is a strong, refreshing drink in which Bourbon and Peach combine flawlessly. If you are a Bourbon lover, don’t let this summer go by without trying this concoction. One thing of note; though we don’t suggest using your Pappy Van Winkle for mixing this cocktail (any good serviceable bourbon will do), we do urge you to search out the best quality Curacao you can find, as it makes a real difference in the outcome. We personally use Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao.
Whiskey Peach Smash
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce Curaçao
- 2 peach slices
- 3 lemon wedges
- 4 or 5 mint leaves
- Garnish: peach slice, mint sprig
Muddle the fruit and lemon wedges with the Curaçao. Add the mint leaves and the bourbon. Shake well and strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a peach slice and a mint sprig.