If you love fresh peach cocktails, this peach bourbon sour recipe is for you. Balanced with fresh peach syrup, tart lemon and the smoky, rich flavor of bourbon, this Fresh Peach Bourbon Sour is a balanced, slow summer sipper.
It’s day 2 of Peach Week and I promised you something special with the leftover peach nectar from that glorious pie. Well, here it is. A fresh peach and bourbon sour. To be candid, I’m more of a wine drinker than a cocktail connoisseur, however, when it comes to peach cocktails (hello, hairy fuzzy navel) I’m happy to dip my toe into those waters.
Consequently, when I tasted the reserved nectar from that peach pie earlier this week, I knew it had to be used in a cocktail. Sure, I could have done a sangria — I do have an affinity for those. But those peaches called for something quintessentially southern. Flavors that plant your palate south of the Dixie Line. A bourbon sour.
Bourbon has a smoky, woodsy, earthy nose that reminds me of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The crisp air and leaves crunching beneath my feet — one whiff of bourbon and I’m transported. So what do summer peaches have to do with the fall? The sweet fruit nectar in this peach cocktail acts like a bridge between the seasons. It’s fresh and light and sunny with a wistful nod to what’s coming…
Which Bourbon To Use For Bourbon Sour Recipe
There are a lot of really good ($$$) sipping bourbons out there, but I don’t think you should or need to break the bank for this drink. I used Mr. Beam – and a little goes a long way. For each peach bourbon sour use two ounces of bourbon mixed with that fabulous nectar…
Ingredients For Bourbon Sour Peach Cocktail
For Peach Nectar
For Bourbon Sour
- Peach Nectar
- Lemon Juice
I used Angostura bitters, but you can also use any citrus based bitters as well. Just a few drops is all you need.
Chill The Peach Cocktail
Fill a Boston Shaker or cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of the ingredients. Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. (note: I took several pictures of Scott shaking very vigorously, but I’m afraid they didn’t pass the stringent photo approval process here in the home studio). This puts an extra chill on the peach bourbon sour and with feels like temperatures hovering around 105°, every little bit helps!
Pour this peach infused libation into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh fruit, then find yourself a nice rocking chair or porch swing and sip to your heart’s content.
More Peach Recipes:
More Bourbon Recipes:
- Bourbon Marinated Flank Steak
- Bourbon Brown Sugar Banana Bread
- Sea Salt Bourbon Pecan Cookies
- Bourbon Cider Punch
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Fresh Peach and Bourbon Sour
for peach simple syrup
- 4 large peaches
- 1 cup sugar
for each cocktail
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 3 tablespoons peach simple syrup
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 3 dashes bitters
- 1 cup ice
- slice peach - fresh or from the sugared peaches
- slice lemon
- maraschino cherry
- For the peach simple syrup, peel, pit and slice the peaches. Transfer the peaches to a bowl and add the sugar. Toss to coat and set aside for one hour. Set a strainer over a bowl and pour the peaches into the strainer - to collect the peach simple syrup. Leftover peaches can be used in a fruit crisp or as a topping to ice cream or pound cake or in a homemade peach pie (recipe on this site.)
For the cocktail
- Add the bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail is very cold and frothy, about 30 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass and serve with a fresh peach wedge, slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry.
- Drink up - but be mindful, it'll sneak up on you.