I don’t know what it is about bourbon, but I typically associate it with guys and not girls. Granted several of my best friends in college always ordered bourbon and coke, I still never think about it when cocktail developing. Until now. Move over rosé, there’s a new girl in town. And she’s delicious. I call her the Sweet Georgia Peach Smash. Trust me, you’ll be besties soon too.
Bourbon (or whiskey) smash cocktails often contain simple syrup, lemon, mint, a little splash of seltzer and of course, bourbon! We all know I don’t like the typical so I had to add some pizzazz to this fabulous little drink. Peach to be exact. While Georgia holds claim as the peach state, I grew up in South Carolina where they also know a thing or two about peaches. I remember sitting in the back of my grandfather’s old gray truck as he took us to pick peaches. He probably didn’t know I’d one day muddle them into a whiskey cocktail, but hey…it’s delish!
Since I wanted the flavor to really be infused with the peachy flavor, I also chose a specific whiskey. I used Old Camp which is a peach pecan flavored whiskey, and I also love supporting local Nashville artists. This whiskey was created by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, and it’s truly worth trying. It’s full of peach flavor and a touch of pecan. In addition to be a food and tabletop stylist, I also have quite the affinity for country music. My parents often joke that the school’s location to all the hustle and bustle of country music is the real reason I chose to go to Vanderbilt University. My lips are sealed. On to this peach smash…
You know I love a good garnish so in addition to peaches, I added in pinches of Sweet Williams for a pop of color. Sweet Williams are fully edible so no worries there. I think it adds a little something fun. Wouldn’t this be a pretty cocktail at a bridal shower? Or just on a Friday afternoon around 4:45pm? Yes, yes it would.
I note simple syrup below and if you’re not sure what simple syrup is, it’s a sweetened syrup made with sugar and water. To make it, heat equal parts water and granulated sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and store in a glass (refrigerated) for up to one month.
- 2 ounces whiskey or bourbon (I used Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3 peach slices
- 1 splash seltzer water
Fill glass with crushed ice. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into glass. Top with a splash of seltzer water and garnish with peach slices (and flowers if you're feeling fancy)!
For even more peach flavor, muddle a small slice of peach in the bottom of your glass with the simple syrup before adding ice and the remaining ingredients. A sprig of mint is also fabulous with this cocktail!
So grab a glass of this Sweet Georgia Peach Smash and let’s cheers to beautiful drinks!