Bourbon Peach Smash
1 large very ripe peach, pitted, very thinly sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Pinch of salt
Assembly, per drink:
A few macerated peach slices
3 to 4 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons syrup from peaches
3 tablespoons bourbon
Splash of chilled seltzer or ginger beer
For the Fruit: Place peach slices in a jar, cover with sugar, water, 1 tablespoon vinegar (if you’re nervous) and up to 2 tablespoons (if you’re more confident you’ll like the flavor, or are looking at a longer steeping time), and a pinch of salt. Place lid on jar, give it a swish/shake until mixed and let chill in fridge for 3 hours, overnight, or up to 1 week.
To make a cocktail: Use a fork to remove a few macerated peach slices from syrup and place in the bottom of a glass (ours are 8.75 ounces) with a few mint leaves. Muddle them together, smashing them into smaller pieces. Add syrup from peaches and bourbon and stir. Add ice cubes and finish with seltzer or ginger beer.