Bourbon Peach Basil Smash

Capture the last bits of summer with Bourbon Peach Basil Smash – the perfect cocktail to unwind with while watching the sun set. 

Bourbon Peach Basil Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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.

Bourbon Peach Basil Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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.

Bourbon Peach Basil Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Bourbon Peach Basil Smash
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  • 1/2 ripe peach, diced
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 8-10 basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • crushed ice


  1. In an old fashioned glass muddle the peach, lemon juice, simple syrup and basil leaves.
  2. Pour in the bourbon, stir and fill the glass to the top with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with basil.
  4. Makes 1 cocktail.
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beverage

Bourbon Peach Basil Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

For more great peach recipes check out the following:

Peach Slab Pie

Peach Bourbon Crumb Bars

Peach and Pluot Biscoff Crisp

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

Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop

15 thoughts on “Bourbon Peach Basil Smash

  1. Kim - Liv Life

    Oh, yes!! That’s exactly what those peaches do, they simply scream “pick me! Pick me!” don’t they?? And I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m in need of a break with this cocktail. Cheers! It’s 5:00 somewhere… right?

  2. Rose | The Clean Dish

    A total winner!! We’ll have guests this weekend and I’ve been looking around for new, simple, clean cocktail recipes — I think I found The One!! I have a ton of basil I need to harvest, too. Perfect 🙂

  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Ermagawd, I have every single ingredient at home EXCEPT FOR THE PEACHES! I don’t know why I’m shouting! Do I have time to run by the market to pick some up on my way home from work? The obvious answer is hells yeah! I love this drink, Susan, and the photos are gorgeous.


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