Peach liqueur is a tough sell. With a cloying, trite image and lolly-like flavour, it requires a delicate hand. (A sense of whimsy doesn’t hurt either.) But if you can press the reset button in your brain and forget any negative Sex on the Beach-related nightmares, you’ll find that it works quite well in certain situations, especially if those situations involve sour, funky shrubs.
Alcohol is not known for its sleep-promoting qualities. In fact, nothing ensures I have a terrible, unrestful night like a parade of high-proof cocktails. But a little bit of alcohol — a scoach — can calm the mind and relax the muscles. Pair that with melatonin-rich sour cherry juice (and maybe a glass or two of water), and you have a nice little cocktail to help you unwind.
Shrubs, as some of you know, are a very efficient way to use up a lot of berries, but you can find them in certain bougie grocery stores. The (often) fruit-flavoured drinking vinegars are more tart than sweet, and a berry shrub (such as blackberry) provides just enough acid to balance peach liqueur’s more syrupy qualities.
Pair a bit of each with 60ml of bourbon, and you have a strong fruit punch-like beverage. Stirring, however, is essential. Without the proper amount of dilution, this drink is piquant, so stir, stir, stir and serve over ice. To make it, you will need:
- 60ml bourbon
- 15ml peach liqueur, such as Combier
- 15ml blackberry shrub, either homemade or store-bought
Pour everything into a stirring glass that is absolutely filled with ice and stir longer than you think you should. Your stirring spoon should take at least 75 trips around the glass. Strain into a lowball over fresh ice, and enjoy.