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Peach Cocktail – Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub

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Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by Leah Hall

An herbal bourbon shrub peach cocktail.


With labor day coming and going, and the kids back in school, we officially can say its 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 friends, we love to have some good food to nibble and something delicious to drink! Of course our friends are always asking to sample the recipes we feature on this site!


Bourbon Shrub Cocktail

We were invited over to friends to watch a game and we volunteered to bring 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.


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Peach and Basil Shrub in rocks glass. Whiskey bottle and jar of shrub in background

Mason Jars / Rocks Glasses / Fine Mesh Strainer

What Cocktail to Make?

Our friends who were hosting are bourbon fans, and they always ask us to come up with new drinks to try. One incredible pairing is bourbon and peaches, and there were some really great fall peaches in the store, too! We decided that we would make a cocktail featuring peaches and bourbon, a Peach and Basil Bourbon Shrub.

Our local Family Fare offering a nice selection of fine spirits.  We saw they had a couple of nice bourbons on sale, we headed to one of the Omaha Family Fare Supermarkets to do a little shopping.

Grocery cart full of groceries


What is a Shrub?

As we have covered in a couple of previous posts, a shrub was historically used to preserve fruit. 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.

Liquor aisle at grocery store

What Bourbon Should We Use?

For the bourbon, we poured through the big selection of rye whiskeys and bourbon that Family Fare offers. We 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. 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.

Peach and Basil Shrub in rocks glass. Jar of shrub in background with flowers

What other Flavors Did We Need?

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 peach and the herbal notes of basil. 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 cocktail was a nice sipper that was a real hit!

Peach and Basil Shrub in a rocks glass. JIgger, orange and bourbon bottle

What Ingredients are Needed for the Peach Basil Shrub Cocktail?

  • Peach Basil Shrub
    • Sugar
    • Basil Simple Syrup
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Peaches
  • Peach Basil Shrub Cocktail
    • Bourbon
    • Triple Sec
    • Peach Basil Shrub


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 flatbreads were a great combination and a perfect finger food for snacking.

Bacon Blue Cheese Flat Bread on cutting board

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 peach cocktail, too. We were able to find some great red onions and some nice specialty cheeses at Family Fare that worked really well for this recipe!

Bacon Blue Cheese Flat Breads on cutting board


Cheeses to pick from in display at grocery store

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Peach Basil Bourbon Shrub Cocktail in a rocks glass with ice cube, shrub in jar behind, gray jar and orange flowers
Yield: 1

Peach Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Set TIme: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 5 minutes

A refreshing shrub cocktail with the flavors of peach and basil.


Peach Basil Shrub Bourbon Cocktail

  • 1.50 ounces bourbon
  • .50 ounce triple sec
  • 3.5 ounces Peach Basil shrub

Peach Basil Shrub


For the Shrub

Combine peaches, simple syrup and sugar in a container, pour enough apple cider vinegar to cover the peaches.

Let sit for 2-3 days, or up to 5 days. After letting the shrub sit for a few days, strain out peaches, and run liquid through a fine mesh strainer if necessary. Store shrub in fridge if desired.

For the Cocktail

Combine shrub, bourbon and triple sec together, stir with ice in glass and serve.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 54gProtein: 0g

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Wednesday 21st of September 2016

My hubby would love this. I am sharing this recipe with him

The 'Noms.

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Awesome! Hope he enjoys it!

Sara Kate

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Such great pictures. That looks amazing.


The 'Noms.

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Thank you so much!

Take Two Tapas

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I always loved bourbon with raspberry, it's really the only way I drink it, but this might make me rethink my life! I love the shrub aspect with the vinegar to balance out the bourbon and the peach for a hint of sweet!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

You have to try it! Especially with a sweeter bourbon or a rye, shrubs are perfect! Peach and bourbon are so perfect together, but raspberries sound amazing as well! Cheers to you!


Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I'm a huge bourbon drinker -- my wife is from Louisville, so she converted me -- but I've never tried a shrub! I'm going to have to do this.

The 'Noms.

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Do it!! They are amazing!

Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen (@BobbisKozyKtchn)

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I need this drink in my life!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

You do!! Cheers!

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