Whiskey Peach Smash

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I apologize for the length of time between this and my last post. I should have been better prepared with something to post from afar, as David and I have kind of been all over the place lately enjoying old friends, new friends, and family from Ohio, Canada, Boston and everywhere in between! Summer is such a fun and busy time that I often let myself get caught up in the whirl while leaving the Ruby Spoon on the back burner. No more! Things have settled down and I’m really excited to make some summery things for the blog. I think some various barbecued meat, fresh fruit, homemade ice cream, and cold drinks should be on the menu now that the temperatures are where they should be. So here’s the first cold drink of the summer-a lovely bourbon smash with the sweetness of good peach jam and honey, and some cooling, fresh mint. The peach bitters was my own personal addition which David and I both felt made it better, but feel free to omit it if you have no peach bitters or do not care for them. This one’s in honor of you, American Pharaoh!

adapted from: Food 52
makes: 1 cocktail

2 ounces bourbon
1 heaping barspoon of peach jam
1 barspoon of honey (I used wild carrot honey)
2 to 3 dashes of peach bitters
1 fat lemon wedge
4-6 mint leaves, plus more for garnish

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In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint with the lemon wedge. Add bourbon, jam, honey and bitters and stir. Add ice and shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker is almost too cold to touch. Strain into a rocks glass filled and mounded with crushed ice. Garnish with more mint leaves and serve.

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