As Winter drags along, we sometimes look for an escape to sunnier days by delving into the refreshing, citrusy, crushed-ice cocktails. Today I'm making "The Georgia Smash." This is a cognac based cocktail that plays with those popular summer flavors: peach, lemon and mint. The build is a variation on a classic "Smash" so get out the lewis bag and mallet because we're gonna crush some ice.
To make this drink you will need the following items:
- Lewis Bag (or bar towel)
- Cocktail shaker
- Muddler (can work as a mallet)
- Fresh Mint Sprigs
- Lemon Wedges
- Cognac (Louis Royer Force 53 works well here)
- Creme de Peche
- Simple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
- Angostura Bitters
Fill your Lewis Bag with ice and start swinging that mallet. Once you have plenty of finely crushed ice its time to start building your cocktail.
Add 5-6 mint leaves, 2 lemon wedges and .5oz Simple Syrup to your cocktail shaker. Muddle those ingredients to combine. Add 2oz Cognac, .5oz Creme de Peche, .25oz lemon juice, and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Fill the shaker with ice and shake it like you mean it.
Double strain the cocktail into a double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Top up with a nice pile of crushed ice. Garnish with a few fresh mint sprigs.
Now close your eyes and pretend you're on a beach.