You guys. Can I just tell you that I have really been enjoying my little #CocktailFriday series? Not only do I get to be creative with something other than food, but I also get to feed my obsession with drinking glasses. I mean, aren’t these the cutest little glasses you’ve ever seen? (I got them at Target.) Actually, I say that a lot of glasses are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and tell myself that I need to buy them. Anyways, I love the way that the bubbles on these ones evoke the feeling of a bubbly cocktail like this Peach Basil Spritzer. Perfection 😉
I used rye in this cocktail because 1) it’s a little drier of a whiskey than a bourbon, which works well with sweetness of the peaches, 2) I like the way it gives this cocktail more body, and 3) I can. If you don’t own any or don’t like the taste of it, you could use bourbon instead. Here’s a little bit about the difference between rye and bourbon. If you don’t whiskey at all, rum or vodka will work in here just as easily, you’ll just lose some flavor.
Peach Basil Spritzer
- 8 oz sparkling water
- 6 oz Bulleit rye whiskey
- 5 oz lemon juice divided
- 2 small peaches, peeled and sliced (250 grams)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 basil stem (5-6 leaves)
Add sliced peaches, honey, 1 oz lemon juice, and basil stem to a small pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower heat to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Remove peaches from heat, remove basil stem, and mash peaches. Cool in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Divide peach mash into 4 serving glasses. Top with ice, rye, peach schnapps, remaining lemon juice, and sparkling water. Garnish with basil leaves and peach slices, if desired.
If you want even more peach flavor, swap out 2 oz of the rye with 2 oz of peach schnapps. You can also muddle up some roughly chopped basil in the bottom of your glass for a more intense basil flavor.
For my macro trackers out there, I wasn’t able to create a My Fitness Pal barcode for this recipe since I would have had to decide for you whether to put the alcohol calories in as carbs or fats – that’s up to you! The 13 carbs listed here are just for the lemon juice, peaches, and honey. For my non-macro trackers, here’s more info on what I’m talking about.