Monday, 26 May 2014

Peach Bourbon Cooler

Peach Bourbon Cooler

I am not really a Bourbon kinda girl. At least I didn't think I was. Not sure what I based this on because I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I bought this bottle of Jim Beam ages ago to use in baking – I think it was meant for a bourbon glaze. The bottle sat unused and sad for a long time until I discovered I had run out of most other spirits and in the mood for a cocktail.

This Peach Bourbon Cooler is refreshing, a little sweet, with a lovely smokey edge. It feels like a grown up cocktail to be sipped while watching True Detective (affiliate link) preferably in a darkened room with a ceiling fan whirring overhead. 

Peach Berry Cooler
Serves 2
2 ripe peaches, quartered
4 large lemon slices
Small handful of fresh mint
2 tsp sugar
120ml | 1/2 cup | 4fl oz Bourbon 
(can add bit more if you prefer it really strong)
1-2 tbsp Grand Marnier
Dash Angostura Bitters 
Crushed ice to serve

Method
  1. Put the peach, lemon slices, mint and sugar in your cocktail shaker and muddle it with the back of a clean rolling pin. Try to extract as much juice as possible.
  2. Add the bourbon, Grand Marnier and Angostura Bitters and half fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Double strain the cocktail in two rocks glasses filled with crushed or chipped ice. You may want to use a fine sieve as the bits of fruit can block the shaker. Alternatively open the shaker and use a cocktail strainer (full disclosure, that’s an affiliate link)
Note: you may want to add a little simple syrup if the peaches are not particularly sweet.

Peach Bourbon Cooler
Peach Bourbon Cooler
Peach Bourbon Cooler

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5 comments:

  1. This looks really good! I admire your cocktail experimentation.

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  2. Well I've been meaning to try watching True Detective, so maybe I'll make one of these when I start :) Looks good!

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  3. Looks lovely for enjoying in the garden!

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  4. This was insanely delicious! The only downside that I experienced was that it was extremely difficult (for me) to get the cocktail to pour into the glass after it had been shaken with the remainder of the peel from the peach and the lemon. One way I went around this the second time around is to muddle the peach, lemon, sugar and mint together and then poured through and fine mesh sieve. I then added it back into the cocktail shaker with the remaining ingredients. It's especially delicious when topped with additional mint leaves.

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    1. A sieve works just fine - I should update the recipe! But you can also use a cocktail strainer { look it up on Amazon} - so glad you enjoyed it!

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