Last year, during our annual 4th of July barbecue with friends Laura and Geoff, I played bartender for our taste test of potential signature cocktails for their wedding. I believe I insisted on mojitos as a contender, which everyone liked, but just didn't fit. There was also the Vodka Lola, a fruity little number spiked with elderflower liqueur. Tasty, but we agreed it was potentially offensive to the masculine dignity of some guests. After several misfires and false starts, magic happened: the ginger peach peppermint julep.
|Can you see the appeal?|
|RAWR! James smash!|
Adapted from Dirty Gourmet
James Bond may prefer "shaken, not stirred" but since you're already muddling peaches and peppermint to begin with, stir merrily away.
1/2 fresh ripe peach, sliced
10-14 fresh peppermint leaves
2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz peach schnapps
8 oz ginger ale (to fill, depending on your glass, you may have extra)
Toss the peaches and peppermint into a tall, chilled glass.
|"Preferably with the morning dew still upon them"|
|Another reason to avoid shaking|