Let’s talk peaches for peach week on the blog with this Peach Lavender Old Fashioned. Quick to make and it tastes just like summer. Toss a few grilled or bruleed peaches in for garnish and you’ll wish you’d made a pitcher instead of one.
When I get a huge box of Peach Truck peaches my first inclination is to look at dessert flavors, and peaches blend well with floral aromas and flavors. With two growing lavender bushes in the front yard, it’s always a great combination to try.
Given the amount of peaches I just bought, I knew peach simple syrup was on the menu, but this time, instead of making a cooked peach simple syrup, I wanted to revel in the taste of fresh peaches.
If you’ve had a peach cobbler as a dessert and at another time fresh peaches and ice cream, you know the difference between fresh and cooked peaches. Fresh peaches are tart and tangy, almost sour beneath that heady fresh peach scent. Cooked peaches are sweeter, softer, more caramel and vanilla in their taste – and that’s without adding anything to them.
To make a fresh peach simple, you cut up fresh peaches, put them in a container (I used a ziplock bag) and add the same weight of sugar. I didn’t want to add any herbs to this first batch because I wanted to keep it truly all about peaches with the syrup. I put it in the fridge overnight to let the peach become syrup.
Be sure to strain your peach simple to get rid of the small pieces of peaches that could make your cocktail cloudy. One down side of peach simple is that it doesn’t look amazing in cocktails when you use whiskey. Because of the color, it just looks like a slightly darker old fashioned. But that’s OK, because this tastes amazing.
If you’re not going to use all of this for cocktails, trying using in fresh lemonade or as a base for a marinade with some bourbon for grilling when the weather’s nice.
It’s always delectable on ice cream, and on waffles, pancakes, and even in iced tea. So make up a batch and go crazy with it. But first, you must make this really simple, mind-blowing whiskey cocktail.
For more peach cocktails take a peek at my It Ain’t All Peaches and Sunshine Highball or my Peach Rosemary Whiskey Sour.
Peach Lavender Old Fashioned – My Peach of Mind
- 1.75 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz peach simple syrup**
- 1/4 oz peach liqueur
- 12 drops lavender bitters
- Garnish: peach slices fresh lavender sprigs
- Combine bourbon, peach simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with peaches and a lavender sprig.
- 2 cups peeled, chopped peaches
- 2 cups sugar