Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Bourbon Peach Shrub


Do you associate certain smells with certain times of the year? I definitely do and, although the smell of summer, to me, is the smell of the ocean, August has it's very own aroma. Peaches! For the past few days, whether I'm at the produce section of the grocery store or at the farmer's market, the air is perfumed with peaches.


Clearly I can't just walk past that heavenly scent without bringing some of it home with me so it's been all peaches all the time around here. And of course that includes cocktails. How could it not? It's easy enough to make a peach smash and just add lime juice and a bit of sweet simple syrup. But I love the complex flavor that comes from making shrubs. They're really just fruit marinated in sugar and vinegar and it adds the sweet and tart notes that drinks need. You can make a shrub without heating up the mixture but I think the flavor is far more intense if you do and it only takes a couple of minutes. Well worth it. Cheers!

Bourbon Peach Shrub

by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Ingredients (2 Servings)
    • 1/2 Cup sugar
    • 1/2 Cup apple cider vinegar
    • 2 Peaches, pitted and quartered
    • Pinch of salt
    • 4 oz. Bourbon
    • 2 oz. Peach shrub
    • 1 Whole peach, pitted
    • Handful of fresh mint
    • 8 oz. Club soda
    To make the shrub, add the sugar, apple cider and salt to a pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for a minute, stirring, until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add the peaches and remove from the heat. Allow to cool and store in a lidded jar in the refrigerator. Give it a shake a couple of times a day for two days then strain out the fruit.

    The shrub will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

    To make the cocktail, add the bourbon, peach shrub, whole peach and mint to a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the fruit is thoroughly broken down. Add ice and shake well. Pour into chilled cocktail glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of fresh peach.

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