Cocktail Recipe: Smoked Peach Whiskey Smash

whiskey smash cocktail

It’s hard to pin down a single, authoritative definition of a smash cocktail, but at least one thing is constant in all smash recipes: fresh, seasonal fruit.

In this take on a smash cocktail, we muddle peaches with lemon slices and combine the resulting nectar with rye and Honeyed Apricot & Smoked Hickory Cocktail Bitters. Generally bitters are used in small quantities (1 or 2 drops per drink), but we opted for this slightly larger than normal volume to allow the bitters’ smokiness to be fully expressed.

The simplicity of the drink allows the bitters to shine, which lends itself well to drink personalization. Try the same cocktail with peach bitters or ginger-lemon bitters, for instance, and you’ll wind up with a similar but wholly distinct experience. There are dozens upon dozens of unique bitters on the market, so feel free to experiment. You may find, though, that the potency of some bitters means they are at there best in tiny doses, so start with one or two drops and dial up as needed.

Poured over crushed ice in a handsome Mint Julep cup, it’s a perfect summer evening porch sipper.

 


whiskey smash ingredients
Smoked Peach Whiskey Smash

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces rye whiskey
1/4 of a lemon, cut into slices
1/2 of a peach, cut into slices
1/4 ounce honey simple syrup
6 drops Honeyed Apricot & Smoked Hickory Cocktail Bitters
Mint sprig, for garnish

Tools
Cocktail shaker
Jigger
Muddler
Lewis ice bag and mallet
Hawthorne strainer
Fine-mesh strainer

Glassware
Mint Julep cup (or rocks glass)

Directions

Add lemon and peach slices to your cocktail shaker. Muddle well to extract their juices.

smash peaches

Add whiskey, simple syrup, bitters, and ice. Shake well.

smash cocktail bitters

Using a Lewis bag and mallet, crush enough ice to fill a Mint Julep cup.

smash cocktail ice lewis bag

Double strain your shaken cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

smash finished cocktail

 

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