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Celebrate Spring with a Nectarine Bourbon Smash

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What do you get when you combine Spring in the Southern hemisphere with Bourbon Heritage Month in the Northern hemisphere? Lots of bourbon! Cocktails to celebrate Spring with and bourbon food pairings to try. What an amazing month!  Lets start Spring off with a delicious Nectarine Bourbon Smash.  A fresh easy way to start celebrating.

September – Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. My favourite season! There might still be a few cold days ahead, but the days are becoming longer and warmer. New green leaves are coming out everywhere and the birds are returning to the garden.  After a grey blustery winter, new life is growing everywhere and slowly turning the dry garden green.

Nectarine Bourbon Smash Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon

Another benefit of September is Bourbon Heritage Month. What better way to celebrate the turning of the season with some bourbon based cocktails? The U.S. Senate created Bourbon Heritage Month in 2007.  It designates September as the month to celebrate the “Distinctive product of the United States” –Bourbon. Not that I need an excuse to celebrate with Bourbon.

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Over the last year, I have expanded my whisky collection to include many more Bourbons.  I fell in love with the sweeter, softer vanilla notes offered by bourbon. Bourbon is versatile and there have been a few exciting and affordable releases into the South African market.

Nectarine Bourbon Smash Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon

So, in celebration of Spring and #BourbonHeritageMonth, I start with a wonderful cocktail made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Later in the month I have a delightful whisky chocolate pairing as well as a delicious take on a Bourbon Coffee  lined up.

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Happy Spring with a Nectarine Bourbon Smash

Nectarine Bourbon Smash Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon

The recipe is adopted from The Little Epicurean  and slightly modified.

  •  ½ Nectarine cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 5 ml Lemon Juice
  • 60 ml Bourbon (I used the Heaven Hill’s Old Fashioned)
  • 30 ml water
  • 15 ml Grenadine syrup

Add 3 blocks of Ice to a shaker. Add all the ingredients and give it a good muddle with a muddle stick (lightly bash the ingredients together to release the flavour of the nectarine and mint leaves). Pour into a glass and decorate with a mint sprig and a nectarine slice.  Serve and enjoy.

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  1. maybe it’s high time I took up burbon!

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Give bourbon a try. I like the sweeter notes of bourbon. Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Had to pin this one! Yum. 🙂 #ShowMeYours

  3. Oh this looks so yum, I do love a good cocktail! Thanks so much for linking this up to #DreamTeam!

  4. I can’t say that I am a fan of spirts but it looks lovely.. was a little confused with the reference to September, think it’s supposed to say Spring?

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      In South Africa, Spring starts in September. You in the Northern hemisphere are heading for spring now. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. No more drinkies for me #bfp. Am going to get some home brew wine started though. Nine months ageing should be perfect. Thanks for the recipe. #dreamteam

  6. Forgot to add the #DreamTeam

  7. This looks delicious!

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