Lemonade is what most people think of in the summer but for me, it's limeade. At some point in my childhood, my Dad decided it was time to show his kids the more tropical side of cuisine that he grew up with living in Asia. I remember dozens of limes coming into the house, being freshly squeezed, blended with sugar and added to hand cracked ice. Let me say that being on the consuming end of this is the best thing in the world but making it is a total P.I.T.A. (Especially if you have any cuts on your hands! THE BURN!). The interesting thing about limes though, is how well they go with stone fruit. And since stone fruit also goes well with bourbon...well...you know where I'm going with this. 

Summer Bourbon Peach Cocktail 

If you're looking for a different kind of drink for a crowd the next time a few of you and your friends decide to sit outside for cocktails, this is what you need to mix. The smell is heavenly and this cocktail toes the line between light and dark.  I also have a feeling you could swap out bourbon for a darker rum and you'd still be winning, but I haven't tried that yet. Come over and we can do some testing for the good of the general public.

Summer Bourbon Peach Cocktail 

Summer Bourbon Peach Limeade Cocktail 

serves 5

/// Ingredients ///

  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 peach, sliced (for garnish)
  • 8 oz peach nectar (or make your own, we used pre-made!)
  • 5 shots of bourbon
  • ice
  • mint

/// Directions /// To make limeade, juice limes and add to water and sugar. Mix to dissolve sugar. In a blender add limeade and about 10 ice cubes to start. Blend and check consistency. You're going for melted slushy, not icy. Add peach nectar, bourbon and mix again. Pour into glasses, add mint sprigs and peaches. 

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