Fresh peaches, ginger beer, and bourbon come together in one light and refreshing summer cocktail. One sip of this Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash and you’ll be flooded with summer memories.

Serve this peach cocktail with some of our favorite party appetizers like Antipasto Skewers, an Easy Meat and Cheese BoardGrilled Grape Brie and Arugula Flatbread Pizza, or Creamy Whipped Feta.

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Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail on a board with fresh peach slices

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash

I hope you are stocked up on plenty of peaches right now, and if not you better go get some, because today I have a light and crisp peach cocktail recipe you are going to love!

This ginger peach bourbon smash is a delightful fruity cocktail that comes with a kick thanks to the bourbon and ginger beer. It will even have tried and true bourbon haters sipping on one as the peaches and ginger beer really take the reins letting the bourbon hide in the background. 

Just watch out because you’re in for a refreshment that is almost as easy to make as it is to drink!

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail with fresh peaches and mint

What Is A Bourbon Smash Cocktail?

I feel like I see smash cocktails everywhere, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually learned what they were and the history behind a smash cocktail. 

It’s actually a type of julep that’s created by mixing liquor, sugar, and fruit. The fruit is typically mashed up and also used as a garnish to make a picture-perfect concoction that’s just as refreshing as it looks.  

You can find this mixture being mixed up behind bars all the way back to the 1800s. So while this bourbon smash might be new to you, it’s definitely not new to the cocktail game. 

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail on board with fresh peaches

How To Make A Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash? 

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

This cocktail can be mixed up in just a few minutes and is made even easier if you already have your peaches pre-prepped and sliced, which I recommend if you plan on serving a peach bourbon smash at a party. 

In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle together a few peach slices and lemon slice, until pulverized.  Add the bourbon and stir.
Fill your glass with crushed ice and top it off with ginger beer. Stir and garnish with peach slices and fresh mint. Enjoy.

Can I Use Frozen Fruit For A Bourbon Smash? 

I always prefer to use fresh fruit over frozen when possible, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work if you’re in a bind. If you can’t find any fresh peaches, frozen will still work, just make sure to let them thaw completely before using them in the recipe. 

The only peaches I will say to stay clear of are canned, you definitely don’t want to pour a bunch of canned peaches into this bourbon smash, it will not taste the same at all. 

woman holding Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail

Do I Have to Make This Cocktail With Bourbon? 

I know that for some people, dark liquor isn’t your jam. If that is you, no worries, you can still enjoy this refreshing peach ginger bourbon smash, without the bourbon. Either leave it out altogether or swap out the bourbon with your liquor of choice. 

I think it would be so good with vodka or gin! Just note that using white liquor will give the overall look of the cocktail a much lighter look and will not have that nice iced tea-esque coloring. 

Give your cocktail a Mexican feel, and replace the bourbon with tequila. I’ve personally never tried it but, I’m sure it would be amazing! So, if you try this cocktail with tequila, be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments. 

Can I Use Another Type of Fruit? 

Just like with the alcohol that is easily interchangeable, so is the fruit. I used peaches because we are in peak peach season, and I love any excuse to use up all the fresh peaches I have around the house.

If you want to make your own bourbon smash, and peaches aren’t as accessible, try it with another fruit like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a combination of the three. Pretty much anything you wouldn’t mind pairing with gingerbeer will fit perfectly into this cocktail combination. 

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail on a board with a peach

How To Serve A Peach Bourbon Smash Cocktail

There’s never a wrong way to serve a refreshing cocktail. This recipe yields one cocktail, but it can easily be made to make 2, 4, or even a whole pitcher. So, no matter what the occasion you’ll always have an excuse to make your new favorite cocktail. 

Serve up the always-popular bourbon smash with party appetizers, a weeknight meal, or a backyard bbq for the perfect pairing. 

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail with fresh mint

More Refreshing Cocktail Recipes To Sip On

Sparkling Cucumber Gimlet – Made with vodka, cucumber, sparkling water, and lime, is a classic cocktail with a twist. It’s the cocktail you will want to sip all summer long. 

Watermelon Malibu Smash – This slush has just a handful of ingredients and is perfect for keeping in the freezer for impromptu cocktail hours all summer!

Raspberry Hard Iced Tea Cocktail – This iced tea cocktail with Milo’s award-winning tea will become a perpetual party favorite. Mix in iced tea classics like raspberries, lemon, and mint along with a spike whiskey and you have the perfect porch-sipping summer cocktail.

Bourbon Amaretto Coolers – Pour a pitcher of these out at your next get-together or BBQ! These sweet and sour drinks are going to be made again and again! 

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule – a traditional Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer, and lime, that gets fresh strawberries and basil muddled into the mixture. It’s the best cocktail out there for Summer and you should probably be drinking one over the weekend. 

Raspberry Paloma – Hot, humid weather is no match for a pitcher of these refreshing Raspberry Paloma Cocktails. Our recipe puts a twist on the classic Mexican cocktail with the addition of sweet raspberries and spicy jalapeños!

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Tools used to make this ginger peach bourbon smash:

Ginger beer: Any ginger beer will work, but the fever tree brand is my absolute favorite! I always have some on hand for all of my favorite cocktails!

Cocktail Muddler: If you love making fresh fruit cocktails, a muddler should be your best friend! It is a lifesaver when you need to smash fruit when preparing a drink. 

Rocks Glass: A rocks glass is just the bartender jargon term used for a short half glass. Every good bar cart needs a good set of rocks glasses, so be sure to check out this set! 

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash cocktail on a board with a peach

Ginger Peach Bourbon Smash

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Fresh peaches, ginger beer, and bourbon come together in one light and refreshing summer cocktail.


  • 4 -5 thin fresh peach slices
  • 1 thin lemon slice
  • 2 ounces bourbon (or whiskey)
  • 1-2 ounces ginger beer
  • fresh mint (optional garnish)


  1. In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle together 3 peach slices and the lemon, until pulverized.  Add the bourbon and stir.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice and top off with ginger beer(about 1 ounce). Stir and garnish with peach slices and fresh mint. Enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 10gSugar: 60gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used and are just estimates. We encourage, especially if these numbers are important to you, to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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