Two Peach Cocktails: One For Now and One For Later

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I’m not ready to admit it, but I’ve heard through the grapevine that summer is almost over. And being that I’m a person who uses avoidance as a coping mechanism, I’m focussing on what’s here right now. Some might call that mindfulness, and I’ll take it, because being in the moment of this hot, sticky summer day means that I get to wipe my mouth with the back of my hand while eating juicy peach after juicy peach over my kitchen sink. It means going to the farmers’ market on Saturday morning to buy De La Terre’s multi-seed sourdough for one last (really awesome) tomato sandwich. (I mean yes, I now know how to make my own sourdough bread, but I can’t even fathom turning my oven on more than is necessary. (Plus, their bread really is the bees knees.) But I digress; let’s get back to the peaches for a moment. I have 2 fantastic cocktails to share with you and they both involve peaches: One for now because (duh) it’s peach season, and one for later because I’m aiming to keep the essence of peach season within my grasp year-round. (Not very mindful at all, I realize.) Either way, I really think you’re going to love them!

If you’re looking for a refreshing summer sip, drink number one, a Peachy Mint Shandy, can be made right now. You’ve probably even got everything in your house already.  If, on the other hand, you (also) want a drink that when the cold months come in, warms your belly, highlights the winter-y citrus, but still conjures images of summer ripe peaches, then drink number two, a Peach Old-Fashioned, is one quick trick away from being yours. The key ingredient: peach-infused bourbon. You will thank me for this later! If you’re not a bourbon drinker, dare I say, you might be one after tasting this sweet peachy concoction

So why all the cocktails? Two reasons. (1) I finished chef school! This means that I finally have some time to be here(!!). (2) I finished chef school and I feel like celebrating. And if you’re still here reading this blog after my prolonged (school-induced) absences over the past while, then you are the first ones to be invited. Seriously, I am super grateful for you being here.

So without further ado, I bring you Two Peach Cocktails: One for Now and One for Later. Cheers, friends!Two Peach Cocktails: One For Now and One For Later // 80twentyTwo Peach Cocktails: One For Now and One For Later // 80twentyTwo Peach Cocktails: One For Now and One For LaterTwo Peach Cocktails: One For Now and One For Later // 80twenty

Two Peach Cocktails: One for Now & One for Later
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2
 
Make the peach-infused bourbon now while the peaches are ripe and in a few weeks when summer is all but a memory, you'll be sipping sweet, peachy bourbon and drinking Old Fashioneds, if that's how you roll. For right now, stick to the shandy. You won't regret it.
Ingredients
  • Peachy Mint Shandy - makes 2 drinks
  • 1 whole peach, pitted and cut into slices
  • 15 fresh mint leaves, give or take
  • ½ oz cointreau, divided
  • 1 bottle of pilsner-style beer (I used this gluten-free one, which I really like)
  • Squeeze of lime, optional
  • A peach slice and sprig of mint for garnishing, optional
  • Peach Old Fashioned - makes 2 drinks
  • 2 slices of frozen peach (about ⅛th of a peach), thawed (*See note below)
  • 1 tsp raw honey, divided
  • 3 oz peach-infused bourbon, divided (**See recipe below)
  • ½ oz cointreau, divided
  • A few drops of orange bitters (I like this one because of its really bright flavour and clean list of ingredient.)
  • Another slice of peach (fresh or frozen) or a couple of Maraschino cherries for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Peachy Mint Shandy
  2. In a tall, sturdy glass or cocktail shaker, muddle together the peach slices and mint until very juicy and almost completely pureed.
  3. Strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve and split it between 2 beer or collins glasses filled with ice.
  4. Pour ¼ oz cointreau into each glass.
  5. Top each glass with ½ a bottle of beer and gently stir until combined. Taste, and add a squeeze of lime, if desired.
  6. Garnish with a peach slice and sprig of mint, if you wanna be fancy.
  7. Peach Old Fashioned
  8. Divide the peaches and honey evenly between 2 old fashioned glasses. Muddle together until the peaches release their juices and the honey gets combined.
  9. Add 3-4 large ice cubes into each glass and pour in 1.5 oz of bourbon, ¼ oz cointreau, and 2 drops of bitters into each glass. Stir to combine.
  10. Garnish with a slice of peach or a couple of Maraschino cherries, if you're feeling dirty.
  11. *I use this super simple method to freeze peaches (and other fruit) at the end of summer so that I can have them all year round.
  12. **With clean hands, choose 2 ripe, but still firm peaches. Be careful that they're not bruised. Bruised fruit ferments much more quickly. Wash and cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Place them in a clean canning jar and top with your favourite bourbon, making sure that they're completely submerged. (Don't press on the fruit to release any juices. It will make the alcohol cloudy.) Allow the bourbon to sit in a dark cupboard for at least few weeks before tasting it. Once you've reached the desired infusion level, discard the fruit and store it in the fridge. It should keep for a few months.

 

 

 

12 Comments

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Kathryn

    Congratulations on finishing chef school! What an incredible achievement and definitely one that’s worthy of a cocktail to celebrate.

    • Reply September 5, 2014

      Kris

      Thanks for your support, Kathryn. You are always so great to me! :)

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Sherrie | With Food + Love

    Yeah girl – welcome back!! Sign me up for Peach Old Fashioned pleaseeee. Oh and these shots are gorgeous.

    XO SHERRIE

    • Reply September 5, 2014

      Kris

      You da best! It’s gooooood to be back.

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    Susan

    Finishing Chef School is a great reason to celebrate. And these peach cocktails are a great way to do that. I am certain I would enjoy both of them, even though I tend to prefer my [craft-brewed] beer straight. Congratulations on graduating!

    • Reply September 5, 2014

      Kris

      I know, Susan! To be totally honest, I usually drink my beer (craft always) straight-up as well. But for some reason (I think because I’m now writing a cocktail column and am constantly looking for new drink inspiration) I’ve been getting into shandys. Kind of life changing and totally refreshing in a way that (gasp) beer isn’t. :) I might be struck down for saying that.

  • Reply September 2, 2014

    sophie

    congrats! i’m glad you’re back – your blog is one of my favourites and i’ve been eagerly awaiting new posts :) speaking of which, these peach drinks look delicious. and i love the idea to freeze fresh peaches now…

    • Reply September 5, 2014

      Kris

      Sophie, you are the best! You just totally made my night. :) I wasn’t sure who, if anybody, would still be around to read the stuff I put up after so long of being away. Thanks for the kind words and motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.

  • Reply September 4, 2014

    La Cuisine d'Helene

    Congrats for finishing Chef School, that’s awesome. I follow you on Pinterest and pinned your pics. So glad you did link this recipe in the FBC FB group!

    • Reply September 5, 2014

      Kris

      Thank you, Helene! I appreciate the support. Truly. :)

  • Reply September 7, 2014

    Heather

    Hi, this is my first visit here! May I ask, about how long do you think the peach infused brandy keeps? Thanks!

    • Reply September 7, 2014

      Kris

      Hi Heather, The bourbon should keep for several months if kept in the fridge. Discard the peaches after a few weeks and store it in the fridge.

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