I’ve been reading your facebook statuses. (Well, I mean, only if we’re friends. There’s no NSA-esque business going on over here.)
I’ve been hearing about your lovely vacations around the country and around the world. (And I’ve been missing my usual partner in culinary creation, Amanda, who is currently in Hungary. Or Austria. Or Prague. Or Germany.)
I’ve been trying to be happy for you, but if we’re being honest, I’m apparently not very good at that. You’ve gotten maybe three minutes worth of unselfish happiness to every hour of me feeling like salt’s been rubbed in my very monotonous NJ-shaped wounds.
That being said, I just want you to brace yourselves because I’m about to do the same thing to you… and you’re going to kind of resent me for it a tad. In a few weeks, I’ll be going on a very brief mini-vacation with James to North Carolina to see my basically-sister-but-technically-cousin Ashley and her fiance Evan, and I’m just warning you that you’re going to probably hear a lot about it.
No, I should say that you’re definitely going to hear a lot about it because I haven’t even gone on the three-day getaway yet and I’ve already decided that it was the best vacation I ever had. I haven’t been able to get North Carolina out of my head, and my only regret is that we didn’t plan this trip for next weekend when the Beer and Bourbon Festival will be a short drive away from my cousin’s house. Luckily, I’ve decided to compensate by making some bourbon cocktails and I’ve looked up every brewery and BBQ place around Raleigh that I will so humbly request for my lovely, wonderful, absolutely amazing cousin to visit with me. (I know you’re reading this, Ashley.)
But let me rewind for a second and get back to the point of this post– the bourbon cocktails. I don’t know what I have been doing with my life for the past 23 years, but why none of it included bourbon is beyond me. I’ve always been a whiskey fan in general, but I never gave bourbon a go until I realized that I was going to miss out on the Bourbon Festival. Then I decided that I had to have bourbon immediately. It makes no sense, I know.
But you know what does make sense? Smooth bourbon, sweet peaches and tea, fresh lemon and thyme, and a bit of fruity Aperol. It makes so much sense that I could drink three mason jars of it without thinking twice. Really.
Make yourself up a batch of this Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea cocktail and you won’t feel bad at all while I update you on all of my mini-vacation adventures. In fact, if you drink a few glasses, you won’t even remember that I said anything about it at all. This is a great summer drink and it will impress any guests you serve it to, but beware: it tastes so good it’s easy to drink all day long (and trust me, if you drink it all day long, you’ll feel the wrath of yesterday’s bourbon in the morning)!
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2 ounces peach preserves
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Dash of Aperol
- Sweet tea, to top
- Sprig of thyme, to garnish
- Lemon round, to garnish
- Mix the bourbon, peach preserves, Aperol, and lemon juice over ice and shake.
- Top with a generous amount of sweet tea and garnish with fresh thyme and a lemon round.