The Deb (Peach-Basil Bourbon Smash) Cocktail

A juicy way to wind down after a busy day, and a good way to use up ripe peaches. Made and named for my friend Deb on her birthday. The peach-basil syrup makes 2 1/2 cups, enough for 8 to 10 cocktails. It keeps in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
1 cocktail


Peach-Basil Syrup:

  • 4 ripe unpeeled peaches, pitted and coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 sprigs basil, tied together with string


  • ice cubes, divided

  • 1 ½ fluid ounces bourbon

  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters (such as 18.21 Prohibition Aromatic Bitters)

  • 2 fluid ounces lime-flavored sparkling water (such as La Croix®)

  • 1 slice peach

  • 1 leaf basil


  1. Combine chopped peaches, sugar, water, and 3 sprigs basil in a small pot over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool syrup to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Discard basil sprigs.

  2. Pour syrup into a Mason jar, seal, and refrigerate until completely chilled, about 1 hour.

  3. Measure 3 fluid ounces of syrup and peaches into a cocktail shaker; muddle to break peaches up. Add 4 ice cubes, bourbon, and bitters; cover and shake vigorously until ice is mostly melted. Pour into a chilled 8-ounce glass; add remaining 4 ice cubes. Gently stir in sparkling water. Garnish with a peach slice and basil leaf.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of peach-basil syrup. The actual amount of syrup consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1370 Calories
0g Fat
325g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 1370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 325g 118%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 324g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 174mg 871%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 192mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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