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roasted peach bourbon cocktail {cocktail friday}

Sweet roasted peaches team up with fresh thyme and bourbon in this Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail. This cocktail is perfect for a mellow summer night.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail by Jelly Toast

If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for seasonal cocktails. But who wouldn’t? It doesn’t make any sense to go around serving spiked eggnog in the middle of a July heatwave, but it does make perfect sense to pair sweetly roasted peaches with some fabulous bourbon to unwind on a mellow summer Friday.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail by Jelly Toast

With peaches and other stone fruit being in season, I’ve been playing around with different fruity infused cocktails. Last week it was a sweet cherry mojito and this week, a slightly-more-involved-but-totally-worth-the-effort Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail.  Now, you’ll notice that I have you roasting peaches for 30 minutes. My husband questioned whether or not this was completely necessary and I am standing firm with yes. You should at least give the roasting method a try…at least once. Now, if you’re feeling short on time you could swap the roasted peach for an extremely ripe and juicy peach. Basically, the roasting helps get the peach nice and soft and super juicy, which in turn infuses your cocktail with some serious peach goodness. Just muddle your overly-ripe peach with some fresh thyme   along with the other ingredients listed.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail by Jelly Toast

But I’m a roaster. The nice thing is that you can roast these peaches ahead of time and have them chilling in your fridge until it’s cocktail time.

The next step that you absolutely must do is the double straining. Yes, yes, I know. I’m making you work for your drink tonight. But again, it’s worth it! Basically after you’ve muddled all of your peaches *muddle muddle muddle* and then added your simple syrup and bourbon, you want to shake your mixture in a cocktail shaker and then strain it through the shaker lid and through another fine mesh sieve over your cocktail glass (see second photo). It definitely sounds more complicated than it is. But it’s an important step. Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

The first time around with this cocktail, I didn’t strain and there was a whole mess of peachy business floating around and it was a giant mess. The second time I strained, but just through the shaker lid. It was better, but there were still some odd pieces floating around. The next time, I did the double strain and it was perfect. The double strain takes an extra minute, but the results are clear, amber perfection! You’re left with all of the peach essence and none of the stringy mess. So just remember: Roast, muddle and double strain. Easy peasy.

And now, I must go follow my own instructions.

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail by Jelly Toast

Happy {Cocktail} Friday!

Roasted Peach Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 2 cocktails


1 small peach, cut in half and pit removed
2 sprigs thyme
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons water
3 ounces bourbon (I used Maker's Mark 46)
2 ounces simple syrup
club soda or ginger ale for serving
fresh peach slices for serving
fresh thyme sprigs for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place peach halves cut side up in a glass baking dish (I used a glass loaf pan, but any small baking dish will work). Drizzle peaches with honey and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Pour 2 Tablespoons of water in the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil and roast for 30 minutes. Allow peaches to cool. Remove and discard skin, but reserve peaches and any juice at the bottom of the dish.

Place roasted peaches and any juices from the roasting dish in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle with a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Add bourbon, simple syrup and ice. Replace lid and shake until chilled. Place two large ice cubes in two high ball glasses. Strain cocktail through lid into a small mesh sieve to 'double strain' the cocktails into the highball glasses. Top off the glasses with club soda or ginger ale. Garnish cocktails with fresh peach slices and thyme sprigs. Serve and Enjoy!

July 25th, 2014

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12 comments on “roasted peach bourbon cocktail {cocktail friday}”

  1. Love the color of this drink! SO pretty!

  2. Yes. I would love to have this cocktail as a part of my Friday night. Looks delicious!

  3. This is incredible! I can’t wait to try one!

  4. Makers 46 is my JAM!! I am staring at my bottle now and some peaches I just bought. This cocktail will be happening this weekend!

  5. This gorgeous cocktail is worth every bit of effort.

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  8. So this is so random, but I just stumbled onto your blog (yay Pinterest!) and I’m weirdly obsessed with the glassware you used in these photos…in additional to the delicious cocktail, of course! Do you remember where you got them? 

    Thanks! Off I go to explore your blog!

  9. This looks incredible! I will be trying this soon!