Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
By sugarspiceandbacon on September 21, 2012
Hallelujah!!! It's FRIDAY!
No only is is FRIDAY (did I mention I am excited!) but this weekend is also one of my very best friends' wedding! Woohoo! I am so excited to go celebrate with the beautiful bride!
Speaking of celebrations...want to turn a normal evening into a party? This ginger peach whiskey smash IS FOR YOU!
It's no secret I love whiskey. I love it any way I can get it. But what I really love is when someone tells me they don't like whiskey and then I make them a cocktail and they love it. Guys, whiskey isn't just for shots and car bombs. It actually goes really well with the sweetness in lots of different fruits. Exhibit A: Peaches.
Once again, I overdid it at the farmer's market on peaches. I just can't help myself.
So, when I was staring at a fruit bowl full of peaches and simultaneously feeling the need for a mid-week cocktail (don't judge! ;) I knew just what to do. So I sliced up the peaches, slit off the skins (and promptly devoured them), and grabbed some more goodies. I've been kind of obsessed with ginger lately, and I thought it would work really well here, so I grated some up to throw in the shaker. Then, I tossed in the peaches and got my muddle on.
Next, it's time for the good stuff. Pour in your whiskey and shake baby shake. If you like your cocktails a little bit sweeter, feel free to add some honey or agave, too. But my peaches were super sweet and I like my cocktails on the less sweet end, so I thought it was just perfect as is.
You also have a choice. To strain, or not to strain. That is the question. My answer is always: NOT to strain. I love me some pulp. My hubby and plup do not get along. So we've got one strainer, one non strainer in the fam. What about you?
Strain, or not! over ice and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a slice of peach.
Whatever you are celebrating this weekend, even if it's just the weekend!, this cocktail will make things just a little bit sweeter!
Recipe: Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash
Summary: Make 2 cocktails
- 1 peach, sliced and peeled
- 1" piece of ginger, grated
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- club soda
- agave or honey *optional
- In your cocktail shaker, combine peaches and ginger. Muddle until smooth.
- Add whiskey (and agave or honey if using) and shake vigorously for several minutes.
- Strain (or not!) over ice.
- Top with Club Soda and garnish with a peach slice.