Wedding season is well under way, and whether you’re getting married or attending a wedding, there are two things everyone can agree on that they want for the big day – beautiful weather and a well stocked bar.
Something that ensures both is Burying the Bourbon, an old Southern tradition known to keep the rain away. The couple getting married actually buries a bottle of bourbon at their wedding venue one month to the exact date, and the rest is history (and sunny skies). According to custom, the bourbon must be sealed (so no sips to ease those wedding day jitters), and the bottle must be buried upside down. After the ceremony is over, the couple getting married digs up the bottle and bottoms up!
To celebrate, I’ve created a pair of cocktails perfect for a wedding celebration or even just for summer sipping.
Peach smash & new twist, old fashioned
Makes 1 cocktail
You will need:
1 peach, pitted and sliced in half
Handful of mint
2 oz. Bulleit bourbon
Additional peach slices and mint leaves to garnish
In a cocktail shaker muddle the peach, lime and mint leaves
Add two ounces bourbon and ice and shake it up.
Strain and pour into an ice filled glass. Garish with mint leaves and peach slice.
NEW TWIST, OLD FASHIONED
All the ingredients of an Old Fashioned but in ice cube form, so your bourbon drink doesn’t get watered down and stays cold at the same time. To achieve this, I suggest using a jumbo silicone ice cube tray, or get festive with shapes like a diamond mold (see below), which I used. (Using standard ice cube trays won’t have the same effect or flavor.)
Each drink will require 2 ounces of Bulleit bourbon and one “new fashioned” ice cube.
Makes 1 ice cube
You will need:
1 ounce simple syrup
3 dashes bitters
1 slice of orange rind
Add ingredients into ice cube mold, fill the remaining space with water and freeze overnight.
Right before serving, remove the ice cube from the mold and place it in a glass of bourbon.
As the ice cube melts it keeps your drink cool while adding all the flavors of a traditional old fashioned.
Sourcing: All glassware & vases from Pottery Barn