Nectarine Bourbon Tea

I’m looking forward to the end of summer as much as a child anticipates Christmas morning. I feel a bit guilty saying this, because there are certain things that summer affords which other seasons to do not.  Yet, all in all, the lazy days of summer bring on anxieties and sibling aggressions that seem to be quelled by the school year routine. Still, as summer winds down and preparation for the school year ramps up, I am certain to enjoy the simple pleasures of summer before it really truly ends.  This extends to cocktail making, as I try to make use of as many fresh (and local) ingredients before the season changes and they are unavailable. 

Fast forward to a bag of nectarines that got left out to ripen on the counter for maybe a little too long.  I blame the summer chaos and my scattered brain. But, when life gives you super ripe nectarines, you smash them up in a yummy cocktail.  I’ve had a hankering for that perfect summer bourbon drink, and my bourbon blackberry lemonade experiment is still falling short. But here was a new opportunity.  And, ironically, I had to make this recipe up, since I couldn’t find one that matched with what I had in mind.  

Edited to add – the Bourbon Peach Smash I made recently is eerily similar.  But, this one is a lot easier to make. So if that one put you off by the need to create the simple syrup or the mess with smashing the peach, THIS is the recipe for you!

Nectarine Bourbon Tea

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Credit: Forever39


  • ½ ripe nectarine, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ oz bourbon
  • ½ oz peach schnapps
  • 1 oz unsweetened black tea (store-bought works well)
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Nectarine slice or lemon wedge for garnish, if desired


  1. Put nectarine slices into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. 
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and ice.
  3. Shake and strain into a double old-fashioned glass. Add ice.
  4. Garnish with slice of nectarine or lemon wedge, if desired.


I’m not sure bourbon ever tasted so good! The sweetness of this beverage will vary due to the sweetness of the nectarine you use.  The peach schnapps will add a little sweetness, but feel free to add in a little simple syrup or liquid stevia drops if you need more.  The tea was actually an afterthought and it works well to add volume and keep the drink from being too sweet. It blends in really well, so you will only taste a hint of it.  My first inclination was to use rye, since it is probably my brown drink of choice.  I tried it and it wasn’t bad. Not sure what compelled me to try bourbon the second go-around, but it was beyond amazing and is certainly my favorite choice for this cocktail.  You’ll want to enjoy one of these before the last sunset of summer – Cheers!


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