This Peach Ginger Bourbon Cocktail is the one drink for the end of summer. It’s made with fresh peaches, mint, ginger liqueur and bourbon. Sweet & great flavors!
The long weekend is about to start. I’m very excited about that. It’s not that we have anything planned, but it’s nice to have an extra day to relax. We may drive to an area, find something good to eat, and walk around a little bit. That is my ideal kind of holidays. What is your plan this weekend?
Recently, I met up with Bonnie from Thirsty For Tea. We haven’t seen each other since Bryan and I left for San Jose in 2019. Even though we moved back for a while, the pandemic sure have stopped everything. It was very nice to catch up. She knew that we like making cocktails at home, so she gave me a bottle of ginger liqueur. I actually have never tried it before. It’s a little sweet with a bit of ginger kick. It would perfect in cocktails.
It’s September, which also means stone fruit season is coming to an end soon. To celebrate them one last time, I decided to use peaches for the cocktail. I made some homemade peach nectar. Sounds crazy, but not hard at all. Blend the peaches and strain them. Then combine the peach juice with sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Chill them in the fridge overnight. That’s it! But if peaches are no longer in season or you don’t have time to make your own nectar, use store-bought ones.
Peach nectar, ginger liqueur, bourbon whiskey and fresh mint. Definitely scream summer to me! When you’re making the cocktail, make sure to shake really well, so everything is chilled and cold when done. The cocktail tastes fantastic. There’s the sweetness from peaches, the kick from ginger liqueur, the oakiness from bourbon & the freshness from mint. It all works together. It’s a little sweet, which makes it easy to drink. I can imagine this cocktail would be great with a grilling dinner.
Cheers! Have a relaxing Labor Day weekend!
Peach Ginger Bourbon Cocktail
- 3 medium fresh mint leaves
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- ½ ounce ginger liqueur
- 2½ ounces homemade peach nectar (or store-bought)
- 15 ice cubes
- 5 ounces club soda
- Peach slices (optional for garnish)
- Mint sprig (optional for garnish)
Homemade peach nectar:
- 4 fresh peaches
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¾ cup water
- 6 – 8 tablespoons sugar
- A day ahead, make the peach nectar. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Fill a medium bowl with water and add the ice cubes. With a sharp knife, lightly score an “X” at the bottom of each peach. In 2 batches, put the peaches in the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Submerge the cooked peaches in the iced water for 1 minute. Pat dry and peel. If needed, use a vegetable peeler. Cut the peaches into large slices and remove the pits. Place the peaches in a medium nonreactive bowl, and toss with lemon juice.
- Add the peaches and juice to a blender. Add ¾ cup water. Blend until pretty smooth. Pour the peach juice into fine mesh strainer over a large bowl. Use a large spoon to scrape the strainer multiple times, so the juice can pass through. Discard the pulp of the peaches.
- Transfer the juice to a medium sauce pan. Add sugar. Bring to a boil and until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour into airtight container and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- To make the cocktail, tear the mint leaves with hands and put into a cocktail shaker. Muddle a few times. Add bourbon whiskey, ginger liqueur, peach nectar and 10 ice cubes. Close the shaker and shake vigorously.
- In a glass cup, add 4 – 5 ice cubes. Strain the cocktail into the cup. Add club soda. Give a quick stir. Garnish with peaches and mint sprig. Serve.
- For the alcohol, I used Four Roses Small Batch and Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur. They can be easily found in liqueur stores.
- It’s best to make the peach nectar a day ahead, so it has time to chill in the fridge. The nectar can be kept for a few days in the fridge. The nectar recipe makes a little more than 2 cups of nectar, which is enough to make at least 6 servings of this cocktail.
- If you don’t want to make your own peach nectar, you can get a store-bought one in the juice aisle in local supermarkets.