Photography by Karen E. Segrave | Special thanks to the Little Rock Farmers Market
It’s time to enjoy some summer sips to beat the heat!
The Little Rock Farmers Market features the season’s best bounty of the Natural State’s goodness. From fruits and vegetables, to herbs that add that extra something special, embrace the opportunity to shop fresh + local and support Arkansas farmers.
You know we love a good cocktail here at Inviting Arkansas, so we decided to taste test some of the farm-to-shaker inspired summertime beverages featured in our latest issue. Each week we’ll be sampling + reviewing so stay tuned!
Next up: Southern Peach Smash
A lot of people think that whiskey is best saved for fall cocktails. They’re not entirely wrong, but the mint in this recipe really brightens + elevates the whiskey into a refreshing summer flavor.
MT: Not a big whiskey drinker, but I like the mint. It kind of reminds me of a mint julep. I would like for it to be sweeter and maybe add something like peach schnapps.
KW: I would, as always, add bubbles – sparkling water or sparkling wine. Bubbles make all cocktails better!
CK: I’m a whiskey fan, so this one is a win for me. I would personally add some more lemon. I think it could use a little more of the mint + citrus flavor.
Additional thoughts from the group:
- This is very light for a whiskey cocktail – not heavy with big ‘fall flavors’ like cinnamon + clove that are usually paired with whiskey.
- This would be the perfect late-summer cocktail to ease into the fall season.
Southern Peach Smash
1/2 peach, cut into thick slices
3 or 4 fresh mint leaves
1 lemon wedge
1 ounce water
1/2 ounce simple syrup (could use a sugar cube)
2 ounces whiskey
1 sprig mint
1 thin peach slice for garnish
Muddle all ingredients except whiskey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and whiskey. Shake and strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of mint.