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This peach bourbon drink cocktail is simply stunning! Strong, spicy bourbon is at its best paired with fruity, sweet peach.

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Looking for a unique way to pair your bourbon? There’s just something about sweet, fruity peaches that accentuates the strong, spicy flavor of whiskey. Here’s the best way to drink them together: try this Peach Bourbon cocktail! It harnesses the powerful flavor of peach schnapps as a suitable match for the spicy finish of whiskey. Mix it up in a lowball glass, and with a few jingling ice cubes it’s ideal for summer sipping. Let’s get mixing!

What’s in this peach bourbon cocktail?

Peaches and bourbon are an ideal flavor match, but using juice from fresh peaches doesn’t quite hold up to the strength of the bourbon. Luckily we had peach schnapps on hand from making a Fuzzy Navel, and needed something to do with it. Mix it up with bourbon and a little juice, and pow! The intense peach flavor is offset with the vanilla and oaky notes of the bourbon. Here’s what you’ll need to mix up this drink:

  • Bourbon of any kind
  • Peach schnapps
  • Orange juice (or fresh ripe peach slices; see below)
Peach schnapps

More about peach schnapps

Peach schnapps wasn’t part of our liquor collection until we made the Fuzzy Navel. Turns out, it’s great for adding a strong peach flavor to drinks. Here’s more about what it is:

  • Peach schnapps is a type of schnapps made by adding peach flavoring to a clear grain spirit. It was introduced in 1984 by DeKuyper, and quickly became the top selling schnapps in America.
  • What does peach schnapps taste like? The flavor is intensely fruity and peachy. A little goes a long way!
  • What other drinks use peach schnapps? Try peach schnapps cocktails like a Fuzzy Navel, Georgia Peach, or Peach Martini. Or use it to add even more juicy flavor in peach cocktails like a Bellini or Peach Margarita.

Accessorize with orange juice (or ripe peaches!)

You only need 3 ingredients for this Peach Bourbon Cocktail! Once you’ve got your bourbon (of any kind) and peach schnapps, the other ingredient is…wait for it…orange juice! Yes, there’s no need to buy peach nectar, which is the main way to bring peach flavor into cocktails. A little orange juice brings that peach color without any orange flavor: and it’s much easier to find than peach nectar. A few notes:

  • Fresh squeezed orange juice is best. Or you can use store-bought juice: look for no sugar added orange juice.
  • Got ripe peaches on hand? You can use those too. Happen to have ripe peaches on hand? That’s ok too! You can substitute them for the orange juice. Just use 5 or 6 slices of fresh peaches and muddle them in a cocktail shaker. Add the bourbon and peach schnapps, then strain into a glass.
Peach Bourbon cocktail

How to make a peach bourbon cocktail: basic steps

This Peach Bourbon cocktail is one of our favorite types of cocktails: the kind you can build in the glass! It’s super simple: just add everything to a lowball glass. Here’s all you need to know:

  1. Pour: Add all ingredients to a low ball glass.
  2. Add ice: Here’s our top tip! If you have time, make a batch of clear ice. They’re crystal clear ice cubes you can make at home and cut into organic shapes. It makes the drink look stunning! Head to our clear ice tutorial for more.
  3. Garnish: If you can, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint! A fresh peach slice looks nice too, but is not required.

More peach cocktails

There are lots of ways to enjoy peach flavor, if you’re a fan! (And we assume you are. ) Here are a few more tasty peach cocktails:

Peach bourbon

When to serve this peach bourbon cocktail

This peach bourbon cocktail is both sophisticated and laid back. It’s great for summer, but you can drink it anytime! Try it as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Peach bourbon cocktail

Peach Bourbon Cocktail

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
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This peach bourbon drink cocktail is simply stunning! Strong, spicy bourbon is at its best paired with fruity, sweet peach.


  • 1 ounce* peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ½ ounces fresh squeezed orange juice (from 1 orange, or no sugar added purchased juice)*
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: fresh peach slice, fresh mint sprig


  1. Pour the peach schnapps, bourbon and orange juice into a glass. Add ice and serve. 


*For converting to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons.

**If you prefer, you can use ripe fresh peach slices. Muddle 5 or 6 in a cocktail shaker, then add the bourbon and peach schnapps, shake and strain into a cocktail glass. (You can skip the orange juice in this case.)

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Darma says:

    Thanks for the peach cocktail inspiration! Photos are exceptional as always! This Peach Bourbon Cocktail is a winner. Any idea where the glass comes from??

  2. M Gross says:

    Your recipe for peach tomato basil salad has a states add the “onions, BEANS to the tomatoes and peaches”…there are no beans listed in the ingredient list and I don’t think there should be.

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      This has been fixed in the recipe. Thank you!