Exactly as it Sounds

This is one of those drinks that doesn’t take a lot of imagination – but still comes out fantastic every time. Inspired by boxes (yes, boxes) of peaches from Mom’s garden, Chris chopped up a few to make a peach syrup for use in cocktails. (As you can imagine, this happens to a lot of fruit around here…) With a giant bundle of mint left over from filming the Lucid Absinthe seminar last week and a toasty day outside, this julep sounded like just the ticket!

THIRST QUENCHING WITH A KICK

The peach and mint go perfectly together but the drink was almost a bit too easy to drink. Enter: bitters. Dale Degroff’s Pimento bitters was just the “kick” this drink needed to add some spice and accent the round fruity sweetness of the drink overall.

If you have a tree full of peaches in the backyard (or heck, a grocery store with decent peaches this time of year…) I say give this one a try! One large peach will make enough syrup for many cocktails, so it’s absolutely a worthy investment.

Summer Peach Julep

It tastes exactly how it sounds - and that is a very good thing.
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 10 leaves Mint
  • 1/2 oz Peach Syrup
  • 1 dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Bitters

Peach Syrup

  • 1 ea Peach
  • 1 cup sugar Or however much sugar is equal in weight to the peach you are usin

Instructions

  • Muddle mint leaves in a julep cup.
  • Add all other ingredients
  • Add crushed ice (to fill the cup)
  • Stir until a frost forms on the outside of the julep cup
  • Add more crushed ice to finish the cocktail
  • Garnish with fresh mint

Peach syrup

  • Chop peach into 1” pieces and remove the pit
  • Add sugar and stir well.
  • Macerate for 2-4 hours
  • Strain and chill.