Even though I live in Bourbon Country, there are a surprising number of non bourbon drinkers. To that end, I wanted to make a cocktail that had some bourbon in it, but was approachable to the non-bourbon drinkers. It was going to be a hot day, so I wanted a cocktail a little lower in proof, so used lower proof ingredients and added lemonade to keep it low even after adding a 90 proof bourbon.
I was in a rush to get to the party, so only have this picture of my picnic batch presentation. If you're the host, simply dress it up in a beautiful pitcher with lemon and orange slices.
I Fall to Peaches (single)
1 oz bourbon
1 oz peach liqueur (I prefer Giffard's it's more expensive than peach schnapps, but there really is no comparison here.)
1 oz peach mango moonshine
2 dashes orange bitters
2 oz lemonade
garnish - lemon wheel or peach slice
Combine ingredients except the lemonade in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with ice and top with two ounces of lemonade.
Party Batch - DRANKS! - I Fall to Peaches
1 cup bourbon
1 cup peach liqueur
1 cup peach mango moonshine
16 dashes orange bitters
2 cups lemonade
1/2 cup water (used to dilute it as mixing over rocks does when building a single cocktail)
Combine all ingredients in a large container - at least 50 oz - and stir well. Chill for at least two hours before serving. If you're going to be serving in a fancy pitcher, float lemon wheels and thin peach slices or orange wheels on the top.
This will make anywhere from 8 to 12 cocktails, depending on the pours and how thirsty your guests are. Non-bourbon drinkers will fall for this, as the bourbon taste is not strong underneath the peach and mango.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.