Ahh the end of the August, a time where the farmer’s markets are busting with some of summers finest produce, the kids are getting ready to be back to school (or are already) and everyone is getting ready for the unofficial end of summer during Labor Day weekend.
This was a weird summer though, I thought for sure we’d be brutally attacked by the heat after an awful winter but it seems mother nature decided to be nice and spare us through August. Instead of sweaty days and running the air conditioner non-stop, I’m walking outside with a cool breeze and noticing the leaves are already changing. It’s a bit of an unsettling site, even for someone who loves fall. Does this mean all the pumpkin things will start to appear soon?
I’m just not ready for that yet. Summer doesn’t actually end until September 22nd, so until then I’m going to continue with my summer eats.
In my very humble opinion, they best way to do that is to mix up a little cocktail with those peaches you couldn’t resist from the farmers market.
You know what I’m talking about, they practically call your name as you walk by each farm stand with them piled high in their sweet and juicy glory. If you are going to have a peach, this is the time to do it. Then after you’ve eaten your share, make this bourbon smash. You do need a drink for any Labor Day festivities after all.
Forget the cream, it’s the peaches and bourbon that belong together.
- ½ ripe peach, diced
- juice from ½ lemon
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 8-10 basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
- 2 ounces bourbon
- crushed ice
- In an old fashioned glass muddle the peach, lemon juice, simple syrup and basil leaves.
- Pour in the bourbon, stir and fill the glass to the top with crushed ice.
- Garnish with basil.
- Makes 1 cocktail.
For more great peach recipes check out the following:
From around the web:
Honey Roasted Peaches with Thyme from Food Babbles
Riesling Poached Peaches with Marscapone Cream from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Bourbon Peach French Toast from Sugar Dish Me