I didn’t realize until I moved down here that Georgia is not the only Southern state that takes pride in its peaches. This time of year, you’d have to live under a rock around here not to notice Alabama’s Chilton County peaches popping up on menus, at farmer’s markets, in grocery stores, and in local conversation. Clanton, home of Peach Park, seems to be the headquarters of the peach frenzy. We usually walk through Durbin Farms Market when we take the back roads to my in-laws’ house. It’s a roadside cafe/produce stand/shop with a variety of fruits, veggies, jarred condiments, and cute gift items.
This is just a simple way to dress up peaches for a summer brunch, BBQ, picnic, or even a light, healthy fruit dessert. There’s a hint of bourbon and the mint adds a nice flavor element, but the peaches themselves are the stars of the show. Maybe this post is in time to help you find the quick, easy addition to your 4th of July menu you’ve been waiting for?
If you like this flavor palate but are feeling a little more daring or boozy, you may want to take a peek at this recipe for bourbon peach lemonade from the Seattle Times.
Peaches with Bourbon, Lemon, and Mint
4 medium-size peaches, cut into bite-size pieces (or a mixture of peaches and apples)
1 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1.5 tsp. bourbon
1.5 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves (left whole or sliced into ribbons)
1. Put the peaches in a bowl that is large enough for you to stir them comfortably.
2. Combine the lemon juice and bourbon in a small bowl.
3. Drizzle the liquid across all the peaches and scatter the mint on top. Stir everything gently to spread the juice-bourbon mixture and mint evenly throughout. Add more bourbon or mint to taste.