Friday, July 20, 2012

Drink Your Peaches - With Bourbon Please.

Peaches are a hit on the menu right now. Peach and goat cheese salad. Peach salsa on fish tacos. Peach and Brie quesadillas. It simply goes on. So why not drink your peaches?

Hailing from the most excellent American state of Wisconsin, I've learned that the Old Fashioned classic can be slightly toyed with by replacing the whiskey with it's grape-based cousin, brandy. This week, having some bourbon in cupboard after the maple-bourbon muffin glaze experiment, I decided to use this, and to introduce another variation - peaches.

An Old Fashioned traditionally consists of whiskey, sugar, bitters, and lemon. More or less depending on your maraschino cherry predilection.

Here, the sugar is replaced by honey and smashed peaches, and the lemon with lime. Some mint is added in, so it takes on a Mojito-Old Fashioned vibe. Whatever the drink tradition may be, it hits the spot on Friday afternoon.

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Recipe: Peach Bourbon Old Fashioned
Serves 1

1/2 peach
juice of 1/2 lime
handful mint
2 tsp honey
2 oz shot bourbon

Slice the peach, toss in a glass. Add lime juice, mint leaves, and honey. Mash up a bit with your proper bar tools or the back of a big wooden spoon. Add bourbon, ice, and fill with tonic.


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