Grilled Peach & Basil Smash
Do you have a favorite fruit to add to your summer cocktails? With all the fresh, summer produce hitting the stands, it’s hard to pick just one. But, I definitely have an affinity for peaches in the summertime! Everytime I pick up fresh, juicy peaches around this time of the year, it reminds me of being a kid and coming inside after a hot day of playing outside and snacking on a mouth-watering peach. Plus, if my siblings and I were lucky we would even get to sprinkle a little brown sugar on top!
And now as an adult peaches are one of my favorite fruits to add to mixed drinks! If you’re ready for all the summer activities this year, don’t forget to add making the Grilled Peach & Basil Smash to your list!
The Grilled Peach & Basil Smash is packed with rich flavors of brown sugar and bold bourbon, balanced by juicy peaches, herbaceous basil, citrus juice, topped with some zesty ginger beer. The star of this cocktail is the grilled peaches which can be enjoyed in this cocktail, with some vanilla ice cream or on their own.
To make this recipe, add grilled peaches, herbaceous basil, fresh lemon juice, and brown sugar to your cocktail glass. Muddle these ingredients together for a bit to really infuse the smoky peach notes and the basil’s flavor. Once the sugar dissolves, add your favorite bourbon to the glass (I prefer using Old Forester but you can incorporate your favorite bourbon or whiskey!) Fill the glass with ice and top with some zesty ginger beer. Don’t forget to add your grilled peach garnish and basil leaf too for a finished look!
Even though the grilled peaches add a rich smoky flavor to this drink, this cocktail would still be delicious if you skipped the grilling.
If you don’t have fresh peaches on hand, there are a few other ways you can incorporate peach into your cocktails or mocktails. Try a peach juice or peach puree, use frozen slices of peach in your drink instead of ice or grab a pre-made peach syrup. There are so many creative ways to experiment with fruit in your mixed drink, I recommend having some fun with and taste-testing what you enjoy the most!
Bonus tip: This cocktail is versatile! Try this recipe with other grilled fruit like pineapples or apples for a fun summertime sipper that will leave you sPEACHless.
For the full Grilled Peach & Basil Smash recipe, head to Lulus blog post.
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