Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

This Grilled Peach & Basil Smashis like summer in a glass. If you’re looking for the perfect peach bourbon cocktail for your next summer event, this is it!

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

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. 

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

How to Make A Grilled Peach Basil Smash

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!

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

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! 

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

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. 

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

For the full Grilled Peach & Basil Smash recipe, head to Lulus blog post.

If you want to make some of my other favorite peach bourbon cocktails… try the Ginger Peach Whiskey Cocktail or the Grilled Peach Old Fashioned!

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

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Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

Grilled Peach & Basil Smash

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Yield: 1


  • Grill
  • Cocktail glass
  • Muddler
  • Knife
  • Bar spoon


  • ½ Peach, pit removed
  • Oil
  • 2 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • lemon wedge
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • Ginger beer


  • Preheat a grill to medium heat and lightly oil the grates. Place a lightly oiled peach half, cut side down on the grill and cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, cube 1/4th of the peach, and slice the rest of the peach for garnish.
  • Add cubed peach, basil, a squeeze of lemon juice and brown sugar to a cocktail glass and gently muddle until the peach is broken down and brown sugar is dissolved. Add bourbon to the glass and stir.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with grilled peach slices and basil.

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