If you follow me on Instagram, (you should! It’s fun over there) you know that I love a good cocktail once in a while. And the lovely people over there seem to appreciate when I share recipes to go along with the photos of my favorite libations. So I decided to start sharing recipes here on the blog!
Questions? Here are two I think you might have. Feel free to put any more in the comments below. And please feel free to let me know what drinks you’d like to see here!
1. Why am I sharing cocktail recipes on a mostly Paleo food blog?
- Well, first of all, I believe in living a balanced life that includes an occasional adult beverage IF you are A) An adult of legal drinking age and B) Able to have said beverage without it impacting your life in a negative way. You’ve probably noticed by now that I’m not a Paleo perfectionist, and don’t have any interest in a dogmatic approach to this lifestyle.
2. Why do we need more cocktail recipes? There are already so many on the internets.
- These will be different. Most drink recipes are overly sweet and use lots of ingredients I’m not all that interested in using. Zenbelly cocktail recipes will be sweetened with honey or other quality sweetener (if at all), and will use fresh, seasonal produce.
So here it is, the very first Zenbelly Cocktails recipe. Cheers!
Bourbon Peach Smash
for one drink:
1/2 ripe peach
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 sprig fresh mint
1 tablespoon simple syrup (see below)
1 1/2 ounces (1 jigger) bourbon (I like Bulleit)
lemon twist, for garnish
small sprig mint, for garnish
Honey Simple Syrup (makes 1/2 cup)
Combine 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup steaming hot water and stir to dissolve. Allow to cool and store in a jar for future use.
- In your shaker, muddle the peach, lemon juice and mint until it’s as close to a liquid as you can get it.
- Add the simple syrup and bourbon and shake well.
- Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with the lemon twist and mint.
- Alternately, if you prefer your drinks up, shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.
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