Basil Peach Whiskey Cocktail
This Basil Peach Whiskey Cocktail highlights the fruits of summer in a light, refreshing sip! Combining just a few simple ingredients to let each of them shine on their own!
When it comes to cocktails made at home, simple is best (IMO). I can’t be bothered with fancy mix-ins, long ingredient lists or crazy concoctions. Save that for the professionals!
So while I like to keep a nicely stocked bar (for emergencies!), it’s filled with just the basics. Liquors that we like – vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey – and just a couple special items for making our favorites or for cooking like Grand Marnier and Triple Sec (heyy margaritas!).
How I brainstorm new cocktail ideas
When I go to create a new cocktail, I always start with the highlight ingredient and choose the liquor that I’d like to try to mix it with. I do a light test with a bit of the liquor and a bit of the ingredient to make sure that they’re a match.
Then I build from there. Does it need an aromatic element (read: something herbal or unexpected that’s typically hanging around the kitchen)? Maybe some bubbles? And more than likely, a little ice?
And that’s about it!
So this Basil Peach Whiskey Cocktail started from a few juicy peaches. And I knew I wanted to create a whiskey cocktail. I personally like Rye Whiskey, but peach and whiskey or bourbon are a match made in heaven, so use whatever you like or have around!
Then, I’d been pairing peach with thyme and basil all week long while I was playing around with new recipe ideas in the kitchen. At first I tried this cocktail with thyme, but it just wasn’t punchy enough. The next night, I gave it a shot with a few sprigs of basil and bam! Late summer in a glass.
Ingredients for this Basil Peach Whiskey Cocktail
Give it a good shake and pour over ice. Top with just a splash of seltzer and you’re all set. Easy enough to make on repeat as long as peach season lasts!
Looking for more cocktail ideas? Try one of these:
- 2 peaches pitted and quartered
- 3 sprigs fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3 oz. whiskey
- soda water
- peach slices for garnish
- small basil sprig for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, add the peach quarters, basil sprigs and sugar. Muddle lightly to break down the peach, but don't crush the basil too much.
Add in the whiskey and fill with ice. Shake until frosty on the outside.
Fill low-ball glasses with crushed ice and pour half the contents of the cocktail shaker into each. Top with a splash of soda water and garnish with a slice of peach and a small sprig of basil.