Nothing says summertime in the South like a cold glass of sweet tea accented with fresh peaches. We'll take this classic combination and transform it into a boozy, bourbon-laced cocktail that's perfect for sipping on the porch or by the pool. An indulgent mixed drink featuring Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon, peach liqueur, amaro, fresh lemon, and muddled peaches.
Peach Bourbon Sweet Tea
- 3-4 fresh peach slices
- 1⁄2 ounce peach liqueur
- 1⁄2 ounce amaro
- 1⁄2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 ounce brown sugar syrup (equal parts brown sugar and hot water, stirred until dissolved)
- 2 ounces Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
- 5 ounces freshly brewed sweet tea
- In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the fresh peach slices to release the juices and oils. Be careful not to over-muddle.
- Add the peach liqueur, amaro, lemon juice, and brown sugar syrup. Shake briefly to combine.
- Next add in the bourbon, sweet tea, and a handful of ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until well chilled.
- Double strain into an ice-filled highball or collins glass.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and fresh peach wedge.
The result is a beautifully balanced, peach-kissed bourbon cocktail with layers of flavor. The sweet tea acts as the base along with bright peach and lemon juices. Brown sugar syrup lends a touch of richness without becoming overly cloying.
The amaro's herbal hints and slight bitterness complement the peach liqueur's fruity profile. Finally, the Elijah Craig bourbon provides a smooth, oaky backbone that ties everything together. The bourbon marries seamlessly with the peach, lemon, and tea for a cohesive flavor journey in each sip.
For an extra peach infusion, consider muddling a few fresh basil leaves along with the peaches. Basil and peach make perfect summertime partners. Garnish with a dehydrated peach slice or wheel for a fun presentation. Sipped on a big shady porch or paired with barbecue, this peach bourbon sweet tea delivers quintessential Southern flavors in cocktail form. The only thing left is to determine whether you want to enjoy it frozen or on the rocks!
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