Friday Cocktail: Whiskey-Peach Smash

As you may have read earlier this week I’ve been peaches every day while trying to get the most out of the end of the season, which means that a peach cocktail was in order for this week’s post. You could definitely enjoy this easy, summer peach smash alongside a slice of the peach galette I posed earlier this week, but this may just become your go-to summer drink for those long, hot end of summer evenings–galette or not.

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While the recipe (which I found here and adapted) calls for any whiskey, I recommend using rye. It’s a bit stronger and less sweet than regular whiskey, which really helps to balance the sweetness of the late-summer peaches. You’ll definitely want to overestimate how many peaches you slice, as if you’re anything like me a few may go “missing” on their way into the shaker. Don’t worry about removing the skins of peaches- you’ll be straining the drink anyway, and why do extra work when you don’t need to?

The peaches I used made the drink appear a bit pink, but don’t worry if yours doesn’t have quite the same color– I made another with a different batch of peaches as the color was a lot more yellow.

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Ingredients:

• 1/2 peach, sliced

• 1 wedge of lemon

• 1/2 oz simple syrup (I would test this based on how sweet your peaches are, and how sweet you like your drinks)

• 2oz whiskey

Directions:

1. Add peach, lemon, and simple syrup into the bottom of a shaker and muddle

2. Top with ice, then whiskey

3. Shake, strain, and serve in a highball glass with some ice and a peach slice

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Enjoy!

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