Peach Smash

slam-img_8919Misshapen peaches were on sale at the grocery store. Y’know, the “ugly” fruit that conventional shoppers apparently don’t want to buy. But these peaches were deliciously ripe and sweet — until, after a few days of sitting on the counter, they were on the verge of being over-ripe. Which called for emergency measures in the form of a peach-based cocktail.

The Peach Smash is a late summer drink intended to take advantage of a bounty of peaches and other summery flavours. My research shows it’s a staple of the American South, and as such there are many variations on the theme. Here’s the recipe we used. The proportions lend themselves to making Peach Smash in a pitcher.


  • 1/4 lemon*
  • 1/2 fresh peach, cut into chunks
  • 3 or 4 mint leaves
  • 1 oz water
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz Canadian Club
  • lemon slices, peach slices, and mint leaves to garnish

Layer lemon, peach chunks, mint leaves, water, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle. Add ice and whisky; shake well. Strain drink into an old-fashioned glass with ice and garnish.

*If you really want to be fussy, separate the lemon flesh from the lemon skin; muddle the peel and the flesh, but discard the pith.

The verdict: Yum! This cocktail finely balances sweet, tart, and strong. If you prefer the alcohol flavour to be a little more subtle, use only one ounce: the mix doesn’t entirely “mask” the whisky. We felt, however, that the whisky prevented the fruitiness of the peach and lemon from becoming cloying. If you have a shady porch to visit on a sunny afternoon, a Peach Smash would be the perfect complement. Cheers!


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