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 whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching cocktails, making cocktails and drinking cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location. For more information about her favorite whiskey group, head over to Bourbon Women and join the women's whiskey revolution!