A perfect cocktail for summer! Makes a large pitcher easy to make ahead. Fresh peach syrup mixed with bourbon and spicy ginger soda make a perfectly refreshing & flavorful cocktail.
Make a quick batch of peach simple syrup with fresh peaches days ahead of when you need a batch of these cocktails. Store it in the fridge to chill and take it out when you are ready to add the bourbon and lemon.
Tip: when using fresh peaches you need to use FAR more peaches then you might think to achieve a good peach flavor. Also, the longer you let the peaches simmer, the better the flavor.
I make this cocktail mix in pint size mason jars. Then I bring ice and ginger beer in a cooler. When it is time for freshly crafted cocktails I simply add ice, mix, and top with ginger beer. Perfect for bringing on picnics, to parties, and on a boat...
This is my daughter and I having a cocktail party on the St. Croix River. My hubby drove and her (she's 22 for those of you thinking how young she looks ;)) and I laid in the sun, looked at the gorgeous scenery, and had deliciously fresh cocktails--so relaxing! Big thanks to Stillwater Boat Club and Rentals for hooking us up!
For bringing on a boat or picnic where it can sometimes be hard to haul a lot of supplies or your table space is limited...skip the seeds and fresh lemons, if desired. The color won't be quite the same but the cocktail is still fresh and lovely!
Although I recommend using fresh lemons, I have used bottled lemon juice many times. Bottled lemon juice is a great time-saver and achieves a great flavor.
Tip: roll the lemons on the counter prior to juicing to release the juices and make the juicing easier.
What kind of bourbon works best in batch cocktails?
I usually use Jim Bean or another decent quality bourbon. Not the super good stuff...that should be saved for drinking straight :). But don't be tempted to go for the nasty cheap stuff. After all, you are taking the time to make syrup and juice lemons. Don't ruin that effort with nasty alcohol.
Although it isn't necessary to add freshly sliced lemons to the pitcher, sliced lemons add a pretty element as well as continue to pack flavor into the cocktail as the ice melts.
Tip: For parties with kids, create the mix without the bourbon. Have the adults add bourbon AND ginger beer to their cocktails while the children only add the ginger beer. Kids love having mock versions of adult drinks.
To serve, add 3/4 cup of mix to a glass filled with ice, top with ginger beer. Add fresh pomegranate seeds and sliced lemons.
Tip: If you aren't a fan of ginger, try using club soda in place of the ginger beer.
Note: Store the peach bourbon mixture in the fridge for up to 5 days for best results.
Ginger Peach Bourbon Fizz
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1.5 cup bourbon
- 2/3 cup peach simple syrup see recipe below
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups ginger beer you'll need about 2 cups for 4 cocktails
- Roll 4 lemons on a hard surface with your palm. It will help to make the lemons more juicy. Cut 4 lemons in half. Put a strainer on a medium bowl then squeeze lemons.
- Combine lemon juice, bourbon, and simple syrup.
- Refrigerate until chilled.
- Pour 3/4 cup of mix into glass filled with ice, top with ginger beer and serve with a slice of lemon.