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
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
- 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.
- Add the bourbon, Grand Marnier and Angostura Bitters and half fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- 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.
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