There's only so much peach cobbler you can eat in one summer. So hmm, what else can you do with fresh, ripe, dripping-sweet peaches? Oh, right: cocktails. Bartenders are onto this idea (of course) and are coming up with the most scrumptious stone-fruit cocktails we've seen, from an adult twist on icy snowball to a fruity concoction topped with a Malbec float. Here, 6 to try immediately, plus a recipe.
Smoked Peaches and Cream
Where: Meauxbar, New Orleans
What: Bourbon, peach shrub, cynar, smoked peach pit tincture, condensed milk.
How: The French bistro takes that childhood throwback, the icy snowball, and puts a strictly grown-up spin on it, with booze and a tincture made from smoked peach pits. Photo by Christopher Brian.
Peach and Chong
Where: Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, Atlanta
What: Half of a muddled peach, simple syrup, lemon juice, rum, ginger liqueur.
How: The name is genius, granted, but so is the deceptively simple-sounding cocktail behind it. “I paired the peaches with delicious ginger liqueur to give the cocktail some spicy notes and depth,” says beverage manager Jose Pereiro. Photo courtesy of Drift.
Life’s A Peach
Where: Miller’s Near & Far, New York City
What: Bourbon, peach schnapps, peach preserves, fresh squeezed lemon juice, peach bitters.
How: This peach-packed drink offers a taste of the stone fruit three different ways: as peach schnapps, peach preserves and peach bitters. Photo courtesy of millersnearandfar/Instagram.
Where: Bleau Bar at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami
What: Russian vodka, citrus-fruit Spanish liqueur, peach liqueur, mango and peach purees.
How: The bar at the luxe Miami hotel goes that extra boozy mile, adding an amaretto float on top of this lusciously fruity drink. Photo courtesy of Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Love & Lust
Where: The Nolen, San Diego
What: Gin, campari, peach liqueur, lemon juice, Malbec float.
How: This is "a dry, citrus-style cocktail — almost like a sangria that’s made-to-order," says the drink's creator, Andrew Larson. "For balance, I decided to float a generous portion of Malbec red wine that stays on top of the drink until the last sip.” Photo courtesy of MediumRaw Arts.
Where: Le Colonial, Houston
What: Peach vodka, elderflower liqueur, ginger liqueur, cranberry juice, lime juice.
How: The ingredients in this elegant, sweet-and-tangy drink combine "the spiciness and adventure of Saigon" with the restaurant's French influences, says barman El Mehdi Fatat. Photo courtesy of Le Colonial Houston.
Fleur D'Amour recipe:
1.5 oz peach vodka
.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz Cranberry juice
1 Lime wedge, juiced
2 Pieces star anise
1 Cinnamon stick
Stir all ingredients together over ice until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise.
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