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.
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.
• 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
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