With labor day coming and going, and the kids back in school, we officially can say it really fall! In our house, fall means a lot of great nights out by the fire pit and nights watching football. Anytime we get together with our friends, we always love to have some good food to nibble on and something delicious to drink, especially as our friends are always asking to sample the recipes we feature on this site! We recently were invited to head over to one of our friends to watch a game and we volunteered to bring some appetizers and provide some cocktails. With a couple of days to prepare, we pulled up our local Family Fare ads to check out the latest deals and do a little menu planning. This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Family Fare Supermarkets. We received consideration to shop at Family Fare Supermarkets and develop a recipe to share with our readers. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.
Our friends who were hosting are big bourbon fans, and they are always asking us to come up with new drinks for them to try. One incredible pairing is bourbon and peaches, and with some really great fresh fall peaches available in the store, we decided that we would make a cocktail featuring peaches and bourbon, a Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub. With our local Family Fare offering a nice selection of fine spirits, and seeing they had a couple of nice bourbons on sale, we headed to one of the Omaha Family Fare Supermarkets to do a little shopping.
As we have covered in a couple of previous posts, a shrub was historically used to preserve fruit and we love to use shrubs to not only preserve some of the delicious summer fruits for fall and winter, but we also like to use shrubs to add a rich tart flavor to a cocktail. On our shopping trip, we found a great deal on some big fresh fall peaches, which were super sweet and juicy. The flavor of fresh peaches is one that we associate with summer and love to have in the late fall or winter. We decided to see if we could keep some of this summer flavor for later by making a big batch of peach shrub. We cut up a bunch of the peaches, mixed them in with some apple cider and sugar and some fresh basil and let the mix mature for a few days until the night of our get together.
For the bourbon, we poured through the big selection of rye whiskeys and bourbon that Family Fare offers, and found a nice bourbon that just happened to be on sale, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon. A nice Kentucky bourbon, Four Roses is a blend of four different recipes which results in bourbon that is full of caramel and oak with a nice spicy finish. A great bourbon for mixing cocktails, the Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon paired up nicely with the sweet tart peach and basil shrub as it was strong enough to stand up to the tartness of the shrub, but mellow and fruity enough to really add a nice complex layer of flavor.
Our hosts were really excited to give the Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub a try. The shrub gave the drink a beautiful peachy golden color and a real sweet tart flavor that really highlighted the sweetness of the peach and the herbal notes of the basil used. A dash of orange liqueur gave a hint of sweet citrus which pulled out some of the fruity caramelized flavors of the bourbon while helping give a sweet balancing note the drink. Tangy and tart, the Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub was a nice sipping cocktail that was a real hit!
No party would be complete without a nice appetizer, so we decided to make a Bacon and Blue Cheese flatbread. Using blue cheese, bacon, caramelized red onion, fresh asparagus, and topped by a nice Italian cheese blend, these flat breads were a great combination and a perfect finger food for snacking.
The bacon and blue cheese gave a decadent richness while the caramelized red onion brought a spicy sweetness. As a bonus, these flat breads were really a great pairing with the tart Peach and Basil Bourbon, the richness of the flat breads a nice counter to the tart cocktail. We were able to find some great red onions and some nice specialty cheeses at Family Fare that worked really well for this recipe!
Check out Family Fare Supermarkets, especially if you are in Omaha! They have some great deals in their weekly ads and coupons, plus if you are a member of Family Fare’s YES card, where you can get a lot of great deals like the Milk Club or Cheese Club.
- For the Shrub: 6 cups fresh peaches, pitted and diced
- 1 cup basil simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- Apple cider vinegar to cover the peaches
- For the Cocktail: 3.5 oz shrub
- 1.5 oz bourbon
- .50 oz triple sec
- For the Shrub: combine peaches, simple syrup, sugar in a container, pour enough apple cider vinegar to cover the peach mixture. Let sit for 2-3 days, or up to 5 days. After letting the shrub sit for a few days, strain out peaches, and even run the vinegar through a fine mesh sieve if necessary. Store shrub in the fridge if desired.
- For the Cocktail: combine shrub, bourbon and triple sec together, stir with ice in glass and serve.
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