whiskey and peaches. a cocktail.

August 20, 2012

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my uncle duane officiated our wedding. there’s been some debate over the use of the term officiant since he’s neither ordained by a church nor, that we know of, a sea captain. he’s not possessing of any of the various credentials usually required at such events, besides, of course, the most important, which are a keen way with words and a deep love and affection for the couple getting married. we went with our gut and had the legal stuff taken care of by a generous family friend.
ever since i was a little girl, my uncle has jokingly offered me a glass of strong liquor at family gatherings. while doling out glasses of port or calvados or some other decidedly adult treat, he would whisper me an invitation for a glass of scotch, or better, whiskey. i never took him up on it. but for our wedding, he made a gift of a large bottle of four roses kentucky bourbon. and i obliged.
this week, we mashed it together with peaches that had seen their better days. we added fresh mint and lemon and enough simple syrup to make things sweet. the recipe was a riff on this one, with more peaches and club soda to make it zing. the drinks were served on tiny georgia peach napkins from a dear california-friend who not only reads my words but knows precisely what i love.
i know cocktails are usually a weekend treat, but a monday in august seems as good a time as any for a little indulgence.

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  • Reply Olivia James August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    what a sweet idea about your uncle. i love that. noted. šŸ™‚

  • Reply chelsea August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    yum!!! i love peach season! i just wish organic ones were easier to find here. they have a hard time growing in the rainy northwest!

  • Reply Kate Fitchett August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Your words are so true. A Monday in August does seem simply perfect for this peaches concoction, with an adult twist!

  • Reply Olive_Honey August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm


  • Reply Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails August 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    MMM!!! oh my gosh delicious

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  • Reply Alexa August 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    what a lovely story, and gift to go with it! and yes. fitting for a monday night in august, indeed.

  • Reply Anacristina August 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    mmmm, sounds perfect for a summer day in august.

    x's & o's

  • Reply Caroline August 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Yes! We a. Had a friend "officiate" our wedding. and b. Had a shockingly similar cocktail ourselves last friday. Yum!

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} August 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Lovely story about your uncle! I've made a decision after my cousin's wedding that I have to have a loved one officiate my one-day wedding. It does make the ceremony special and more meaningful having someone who knows you and your soon to be spouse.

  • Reply AbbieBabble August 21, 2012 at 2:24 am

    What a wonderful story!

    I'm fairly confident that I won't make it to Wednesday without drinking something along these lines- that looks amazing, and perfect for August.

  • Reply adrienne yancey August 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Love the sound of this combo and the story of your Uncle! I think a cocktail on Monday is a smart, smart thing šŸ™‚

  • Reply Evelyn August 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I. want. one. now. Gorgeous pictures!

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