The kids are in bed, it’s time to relax. It’s 100 degrees outside and no relief is in sight. This screams for a sweet, cool, refreshing adult drink. Let’s have a bourbon peach slush.
Most of us grew us having slush drinks, they were a treat when we were kids. Whether you had on at the local 7-11 or maybe a Dairy Queen, they were sweet and cool. Perfect on a hot summer day. No one really knew what flavor the blue slush was but we all drank it just the same.
As blenders have become more convenient and versatile, people have been experimenting with different drink combinations that were once available only in bars. Using fresh fruit, crushing ice, adding syrups and simple sugars has become almost a calling for some, and there are some wonderful creations that have come from these experiments.
Some sweet drinks start with simple syrup. As the name implies, it’s a syrup and is simple to make. Usually it is one part water to one part sugar. It’s boiled until it has a syrupy consistency and adds texture and flavor to many types of mixed drinks. It’s also a common ingredient in baking and cooking, you would be surprised at the number of recipes that call for it.
The simple syrup used in this recipe has an addition-peaches. The syrup is actually the base for the drink recipe, meaning that after you have cooked the simple syrup you will leave the peaches in. Cooking the peaches in the syrup amplifies that natural sweetness of the peaches.
If possible, use fresh peaches (peeled of course). However, if you don’t have access to fresh, frozen peaches will work fine. Use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frozen in place of the 2 fresh peaches called for in the recipe.
Peach Simple Syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 peaches, sliced
- Peach Simple Syrup
- 2 cups ice cubes
- ½ cup bourbon
- In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and peaches to make the simple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, and steep for 15 minutes, then refrigerate until use.
- Pour the peach simple syrup (with the peach slices, too!), the bourbon and ice cubes into the blender.
- Blend until smooth.