Friday, July 04, 2014


For my friends here in the US, Happy Fourth of July! Just in case you are wondering what to do with your friends tonight, here's an idea I've been playing with:  Bourbon Sangria.  I love sangrias and I love bourbon and I have an excess of peaches in the kitchen right now, so this organically became a thing around here over the last few nights.  It's easy to put together if you are with friends and want something you can whip up in a pitcher and just have ready to serve.

As I said, I happen to have peaches on hand.  But you could easily make a thousand different versions of this by substituting the fruit, herb, and citrus mix that's available in your pantry.  Depending on what you have, you can accent the bourbon with the liquor that's also on hand so that it's not too harsh.  The sweet is a nice touch - Cointreau, Cassis, Cherry, or Ginger would go with many different fruit flavors....

But here's what I've tried so far:

Peach-Basil 

Fill pitcher about 1/4 full with bourbon
Add 3-4 peaches, cut into cubes. They should be a little ripe and soft -  hard ones do not work.
Add 6-8 basil leaves, and rub them between fingers to release the oils as you drop them in.
Add 4 oz of Cointreau
Add 8 shakes of lemon bitters.


Ginger-Peach-Mint
Fill pitcher about 1/4 full with bourbon
Add 3-4 peaches, cut into cubes.  They should be a little ripe and soft -  hard ones do not work.
Add 6-8 mint leaves,  and rub them between your fingers to release the oils as you drop them in.
Add 8 shakes of orange bitters.
Add 4 oz of Domain de Canton (ginger)

With either, let mixture sit for a few hours, stirring occasionally. Smush the leaves with spoon when you feel like it.  We will call this a lazy form of muddling.

Just before guests arrive, add equal parts ginger ale and soda water so that pitcher is now half full.   Pour into glasses of ice and garnish each with a sprig of basil/mint and make sure everybody gets a little fruit in their glass.  (If you prefer and are drinking right away, ice can go into pitcher, but I find things get diluted.)

 Happy Fourth!


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