Summer’s in full swing, and we could all use a little easy decadence so here’s a peach raspberry bourbon sour for the Bourbon Women cocktail for the month. I put together the most summer-worthy tastes all into one cocktail that’s a sweet, tart, smoky, luscious cocktail topped with a raspberry popsicle. Multiply the ingredients by 4 for a larger batch, but make sure you get a box of popsicles to go with your cocktails if you do. They’re like candy after they’re infused with the peach and smoke of the cocktail.
Oh summer, how I wish you lasted all year – at least the bounty of fresh fruits and produce grown locally. Choosing my favorite summer flavors wasn’t too hard. I had to start with peach, and a fresh watermelon from the farmer’s market was already cut.
My favorite summer smoothie is a blend of watermelon and peach together in the blender. No additions, no fancy stuff, just two summer fruits at the height of the season blending up into perfection.
As a result, I had a little extra peach-watermelon puree to put to good use, and pairing those two flavors with some bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup was a winner.
To add in a little of the smoke from all the grills fired up late in the afternoon for dinner, I put in just a touch of mezcal. If you don’t have any, a lightly peated Scotch would work beautifully as well.
Top this with a raspberry popsicle and it’s the perfect porch drink. But there’s a trick to eating the popsicle. When I had the original idea for the popsicle thought that I might eat a little bit of it, sip on the cocktail, eat a little, and go back and forth until the cocktail and popsicle were finished.
However, I discovered that 1) the popsicle doesn’t melt quickly in the cocktail given that it’s on ice, and 2) waiting until the cocktail is done meant that you get to eat a popsicle that’s infused with the flavors of the cocktail.
And bourbon, smoke and peach infused popsicles taste amazing. True summer tastes all in one cocktail!
Gimme the Peach!
- 2 ounces peach-infused bourbon see notes
- 2 ounces peach-watermelon puree**
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3 dashes peach bitters
- ¼ to ½ ounce lightly smoked mezcal optional, but highly recommended
- Garnish: raspberry popsicle and mint sprig
- Combine bourbon, peach-watermelon puree, lemon juice, simple, bitters and mezcal in a shaking tin. Add ice and shake until it’s so cold it hurts. Double strain into a large rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a raspberry popsicle and a mint sprig.