Peach Julep Cocktail Drink

Peach Julep

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

You’re in for a treat with this Peach Julep recipe! It’s a refreshing drink, brimming with fresh ingredients, and you can make it without fuss.

Peach Julep Recipe

This simple Peach Julep recipe is perfect for welcoming spring! It's a refreshing cocktail you'll adore with bourbon, fresh peach, mint leaves, simple syrup and peach bitters.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

185 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ¼ fresh peach, ripe
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of peach bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig and fresh peach slices, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Add Peach: Dice ¼ fresh peach and put it in a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Muddle: Add ½ oz simple syrup and gently muddle to release the juice & flavor from the peach.
  • Add Bitters: Add 3 dashes of peach bitters into the glass as well.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour 2 oz Bourbon into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and one or two thin slices of fresh peach. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the peach and mint.
  • Fresh Peach: You can use canned peaches or a peach liqueur if fresh peaches aren't in season. Adjust the sugar accordingly, as these options may be sweeter than fresh peaches.
  • Peach Bitters: if you can’t find peach bitters, you can use regular Angostura bitters as a substitute.

Making a Pitcher of Peach Julep:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 4 peaches, 50-60 mint leaves, and 8 tsp of sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the peaches, mint leaves, and sugar together. Add the bourbon and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Peach Bitters: to make a non-alcoholic version of the Peach Julep, you can simply omit the bitters. However, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Peach Julep cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
185
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
14
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
58
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
135
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Peach Julep Cocktail Drink

Peach Julep Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Peach Julep recipe is perfect for welcoming spring! It's a refreshing cocktail you'll adore with bourbon, fresh peach, mint leaves, simple syrup and peach bitters.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 185

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ¼ fresh peach - ripe
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes of peach bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig and fresh peach slices - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Add Peach: Dice ¼ fresh peach and put it in a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass.
  • Muddle: Add ½ oz simple syrup and gently muddle to release the juice & flavor from the peach.
  • Add Bitters: Add 3 dashes of peach bitters into the glass as well.
  • Add Mint: Place 6-8 fresh mint leaves in one hand and gently smack it with the other, to release its aromas. Add the mint to the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and pour 2 oz Bourbon into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn well to combine the ingredients.
  • Add Ice: Add a straw and top up with more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig and one or two thin slices of fresh peach. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the peach and mint.
  • Fresh Peach: You can use canned peaches or a peach liqueur if fresh peaches aren't in season. Adjust the sugar accordingly, as these options may be sweeter than fresh peaches.
  • Peach Bitters: if you can’t find peach bitters, you can use regular Angostura bitters as a substitute.

Making a Pitcher of Peach Julep:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 4 peaches, 50-60 mint leaves, and 8 tsp of sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the peaches, mint leaves, and sugar together. Add the bourbon and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Peach Bitters: to make a non-alcoholic version of the Peach Julep, you can simply omit the bitters. However, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol and your degree of tolerance on the topic, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Peach Julep cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Peach Julep?

A Peach Julep is a bourbon-based cocktail made of fresh peaches, mint leaves, sugar syrup, bourbon, and peach bitters. This drink is relatively easy to make but requires some preparation time as the ingredients need to be muddled together correctly for optimal flavor.

The Peach Julep is a variant of the classic Mint Julep enjoyed in the southern United States for centuries and famously associated with the Kentucky Derby horse race.

A side shot of a Peach Julep cocktail in a julep cup on a wooden coaster and tray surrounded by a bar spoon, a bowl with peach wedges and a white cloth, in front of a plant and a blue background

What is a Peach Julep made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Peach Julep:

  • Peaches: These provide the primary flavor for the cocktail, lending a sweet and fruity taste.
  • Mint leaves: They add a refreshing note to balance out the sweetness of the peaches.
  • Sugar Syrup: This ingredient enhances the natural sweetness of the peaches.
  • Bourbon: It’s the drink’s base spirit, giving it a strong, robust flavor.
  • Crushed ice: chills the drink, making it more refreshing and enjoyable.
  • Peach bitters: intensify the peach flavor and add complexity to the cocktail.

Bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves, peach, sugar cubes and peach bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Peach Julep?

Our easy-to-understand steps will help you make a perfect Peach Julep:

1
<p>Begin by dicing the fresh peach and placing it in a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. This sets the stage for the fruity and refreshing flavors to come.</p>

Begin by dicing the fresh peach and placing it in a Julep cup or Old Fashioned glass. This sets the stage for the fruity and refreshing flavors to come.

2
<p>Add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the glass with the diced peach.</p>

Add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the glass with the diced peach.

3
<p>Gently muddle to release the juice and flavor from the peach. This step helps to extract the natural sweetness and essence of the peach, infusing the cocktail with its fresh and juicy taste.</p>

Gently muddle to release the juice and flavor from the peach. This step helps to extract the natural sweetness and essence of the peach, infusing the cocktail with its fresh and juicy taste.

4
<p>Add 3 dashes of peach bitters into the glass as well. The peach bitters add a subtle yet distinctive depth of flavor, enhancing the fruity profile of the cocktail and adding complexity to its taste.</p>

Add 3 dashes of peach bitters into the glass as well. The peach bitters add a subtle yet distinctive depth of flavor, enhancing the fruity profile of the cocktail and adding complexity to its taste.

5
<p>Take 6-8 mint leaves and gently smack them with one hand to release their aromatic oils.</p>

Take 6-8 mint leaves and gently smack them with one hand to release their aromatic oils.

6
<p>Drop the leaves into the glass.</p>

Drop the leaves into the glass.

7
<p>Measure and pour 2 ounces of Bourbon into the glass. The Bourbon contributes a smooth and robust flavor, providing a perfect balance to the sweetness of the peach and the freshness of the mint.</p>

Measure and pour 2 ounces of Bourbon into the glass. The Bourbon contributes a smooth and robust flavor, providing a perfect balance to the sweetness of the peach and the freshness of the mint.

8
<p>Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice. The crushed ice helps to chill the cocktail rapidly and dilutes it slightly, creating a refreshing and well-balanced drink.</p>

Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice. The crushed ice helps to chill the cocktail rapidly and dilutes it slightly, creating a refreshing and well-balanced drink.

9
<p>Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn the ingredients well to combine them evenly. This step ensures that all the flavors are well-mixed and that the right level of dilution is reached.</p>

Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, churn the ingredients well to combine them evenly. This step ensures that all the flavors are well-mixed and that the right level of dilution is reached.

10
<p>Insert a straw into the glass.</p>

Insert a straw into the glass.

11
<p>Top up with more crushed ice. The additional ice helps to maintain the drink's temperature and keeps it refreshing until the last sip.</p>

Top up with more crushed ice. The additional ice helps to maintain the drink's temperature and keeps it refreshing until the last sip.

12
<p>Finish off by garnishing the cocktail with a mint sprig and one or two thin slices of fresh peach. This final touch adds a visual appeal and a touch of fresh aroma.</p>

Finish off by garnishing the cocktail with a mint sprig and one or two thin slices of fresh peach. This final touch adds a visual appeal and a touch of fresh aroma.

History and Origin of the Peach Julep

People first drank the Mint Julep in the 18th century. Farmers used to drink it in the morning for a quick energy boost before starting their day. “julep” comes from “gulab,” a Persian word meaning rosewater. People used this term for sweet drinks made with water, spirits, and medicinal plants.

Over time, the Mint Julep evolved into a symbol of relaxation and Southern hospitality, particularly popular in Kentucky. It gained widespread recognition and became associated with bourbon, supplanting other spirits like rum or brandy in its preparation. The Mint Julep’s popularity soared to such heights that it was designated the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938.

The Peach Julep emerged as a flavorful variation of the traditional Mint Julep when bartenders began experimenting with different ingredients. Peaches, abundant in the Southern region, were a natural choice. The sweetness of peaches complemented the robust flavor of bourbon and the refreshing essence of mint, creating a harmonious blend that appealed to cocktail enthusiasts.

A Peach Julep cocktail, shot from above, in a julep cup on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, simple syrup, mint leaves, peach, sugar cubes and peach bitters

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FAQ

How many calories does a Peach Julep contain?
A standard serving of Peach Julep contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
What is the alcohol content of a Peach Julep?
The alcohol content of a Peach Julep is typically around 27-30% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 54-60 proof. This makes it a relatively strong cocktail.
Which type of alcohol is used in a Peach Julep?
Bourbon is the primary alcohol used in a Peach Julep.
In what type of glass should a Peach Julep be served?
Traditionally, a Peach Julep is served in a Julep tin or in an Old Fashioned glass
What does a Peach Julep taste like?
A Peach Julep offers a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. The bourbon provides warmth and depth, while the fresh peach & peach bitters add sweetness and fruity notes. The mint leaves give it a refreshing finish.
How is a Peach Julep served with ice?
A Peach Julep is usually served over crushed ice, which helps to dilute the strong flavors slightly and makes the drink more refreshing.

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