Peaches are ripening from coast to coast, and what could be more summery and American that a peach smash? Ok, maybe apple pie, so look forward to that recipe in the fall! For this recipe I suggest an inexpensive but good bourbon, like Four Roses Yellow Label. Depending how sweet your peaches are, adjust the lemon and simple syrup to taste.
2 oz Bourbon
1/2 peach, cut into a few pieces
1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water disolved together)
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice (seriously, it needs to be no older than a day)
a few mint leaves
(a sprig of mint for garnish)
Combine everything but the garnish in a cocktail shaker (I prefer a pint glass and Boston shaker).* Smash it a few times with a muddler or spoon. Shake it really hard with lots of very cold ice, then dump the whole mess into a glass. Add a bit of fresh ice. Slap the mint to bring out it's scent and use it to garnish.
*check back soon for posts and videos about basic cocktial skills in the "Tools & Techniques" section!