Peach Pecan Infused Bourbon

This is a mini takeover with Jamie Clayton to teach y’all a litle sumpin’ sumpin’. He’d been going on and on recently about a peach infused bourbon he made, and then later another with pecans added. I took the oppurtunity on a recent trip to Nashville to head over to his house to first and foremost, taste it (YUM), and second, photograph the process so y’all can make some of your own.

The rest of the post is written by him:

My neighbors and good friends Stephen & Jessica own The Peach Truck.  Its an awesome business where they take peaches from Peach County, GA (I’m not kidding) and sell them all over Nashville and small towns across the southeast. Being from South Carolina, I’m partial to my peaches and I have to admit, these are some of the best damn peaches I’ve ever had.

Another cool thing The Peach Truck sells is pecans from Pearson Farm. I decided this summer I would infuse some of my favorite whiskies with The Peach Truck peaches & pecans. It’s easily one of the best decisions I’ve made this summer. The ONLY problem is that the bourbon goes too quick.

For how good it tastes, it’s incredibly easy to make…

In an airtight container, add 4 peeled and cut up peaches (large chunks) and a hefty handful of pecans.

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Get a bottle of your favorite whiskey – make it something you would enjoy sipping neat or on ice. Pour the entire 750ml bottle of bourbon into your container. 

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Close that bad boy up and give it a good shake. Keep it in your fridge and give it a light shake once a day.

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Wait about 5-7 days and then strain your whiskey into a bottle. I used an old Bulleit bottle because lets be honest, they look badass.

When you strain the bourbon, put a cheesecloth in a funnel and strain about 2-3 times. Your end goal is gorgeous bourbon with as little sediment as possible in it.

EDITORS NOTE: Jamie just moved and in the process he lost his smaller funnel so he has been using this giant one. It did the job and did the job well.

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After you double strain your whiskey – you are good to go. Once you strain one, I’d recommend starting on another. Trust me. By the time you finish your first bottle you are going to be hoping you have another bottle ready to be strained.

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The end product is a bourbon with a nice subtle note of peach and pecan

Pour into a double old fashioned glass over an ice sphere and garnish with a peach peel.

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Glass: Old Syndey Hale candle.

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  • Map It Out

    HuxterPhotographed in Jasper, GA

    Raised in:
    Spring, Texas

    Lives in:
    Jasper, Georgia

    Next Southern summer adventure:
    We’re heading to Junction, Texas for a 4th of July weekend including, but not limited to, a Stoney LaRue concert, family, fireworks and river floating.

    Now would ya look at that:
    Hands down my new favorite oxford by Huxter. The elbow patch is an antique map of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, where Huxter calls home, and I hope to visit someday. 

     

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  • Music Monday | Iggy X Reba

    I just can’t get over how much I love this mashup by Dan Chamberlain

    Stream: “Fancy”

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    This is on his Heat EP, which you can download for free here.

     

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  • Redneck Yacht Club

    It doesn’t get better than living out the lyrics to “Pontoon,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” and about 100 other country songs.

    Photographed via Fuji Instax and Kodak Waterproof Disposable Cameras (yup, they do still exist, and they’re just as fun as they were in 1995).

    Back this hitch up into the water, untie all the cables and rope.
    Step onto the astro turf, get yourself a koozie…let’s go…

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    Who said anything about skiin’? Floatin’ is all I wanna do…

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    You can climb the ladder, just don’t rock the boat while I barbeque…

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    On the pontoon, makin’ waves and catchin’ rays up on the roof…

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    Jumpin’ out the back, don’t act like you don’t want to…

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    Party in slow motion, out here in the open…

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    Mmmmmmm…motorboatin’…

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    Reach your hand down into the cooler…

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    Don’t drink it if the mountains aren’t blue…

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    Try to keep it steady as you recline on your black inner tube…

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    Pontoon…makin’ waves and catchin’ rays up on the roof…

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    Mmmmmm…motorboatin’…

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    Special thanks to:

    In memory of the turquoise Dior sunglasses who now lay peacefully at the bottom of Percy Priest Lake. 

    And of course, there was a perfect playlist.

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  • Shake That Mule

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    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – we love Huckberry. So when the nice guys over there contacted us about teaming up for a little giveaway, we said “of course.” When they said they’d like it be part of the Drink This series, we liked them even more.

    I’m pretty sure you’ve all seen The Mason Shaker. To be honest, I gave it a lot of flack when it came out. Being a part of the wedding industry has really burned me out on all things mason jars. But this 32oz shaker is pretty fun, I must admit. It’s a great addition to a fully stocked bar (if even just for asthetic), and a nice place to start for those in need of a shaker/strainer combo.

    Shortly after I received it, I finally ordered a pair of copper Moscow Mule mugs and when they arrived, I needed to use them immediately…

    I’m not much of a vodka fan for anything but Bloody’s and OJ, so I wanted to try a variation on the Moscow Mule. Below are the recipes to two great cocktails to mix up your “Mule” drinking. The first, a Gin-Gin Mule, I was introduced to by Imbibewho named it one of the 25 most influential cocktails of the past century in their May/June 2010 issue. The second, The Montauk Mule, I found in Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails.

    Drinks

    The Gin-Gin Mule:

    • 6 mint sprigs
    • 1.5oz dry gin – we used Bombay
    • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup (1:1)
    • 3/4 oz ginger beer – we used Gosling’s

    Gently muddle the mint leaves with lime juice and syrup in shaker.
    Add the gin and ice and shake well.
    Strain into cup filled with crushed ice and top with with ginger beer.
    Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

    The Montauk Mule:
    Shake uses “Shot” meausurements to make 2 drinks. We adjusted to ounces for 1 drink.

    • 2 mint sprigs
    • 2 oz vodka – we used Tito’s
    • 2 cubes cane sugar
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice
    • Prosecco – we used Nino Franco

    Muddle cane sugar and lime juice in shaker until sugar has mostly disolved.
    Add vodka and ice and “shake vigourously for 10 seconds.”
    Strain mixture into tumblers or Mule mugs if you’ve got ‘em, and top with Prosecco.
    Garnish with mint sprig if desired.

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    Want one more reason why Huckberry is the greatest? They want to send one of you lucky folks a pretty ridiculous gift set.
    What the winner will get…

    Leave a comment below letting us know the highlight of your summer so far. We’ll pick a winner by random on July 1st around cocktail hour. Oh and also, you’ll get an extra entry if you Tweet the following:

    I wanna shake, shake, shake a @Masonshaker! Ridiculous giveaway thanks to @Huckberry on @backdownsouth. http://tinyurl.com/ShaaaaaakeIt

    *THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATULATIONS TO MOLLY PICARDI FOR WINNING!*
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  • Music Monday | Passenger

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    On June 10th, British singer Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger), released Whsipers - his fifth album as a solo act. Passenger began as a five piece band but became a solo project in 2009. Chances are, you’d recognize his hit “Let Her Go” from his last album. It was on that Budweiser puppy commercial that made us all cry when it aired during the Super Bowl last year. The song is still going strong on the Billboard Hot 100.

    But I want to talk about his new songs.

    His new album Whispers debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums. His voice will grab you. It may remind you at times of Ed Sheeran, Brett Dennen and even (sometimes) Cat Stevens, but it still manages to stand strong on it’s own. Whsipers lives up to the press release pre-album: “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”

    I couldn’t decide between “Hearts on Fire” or the track below, but as always, make sure you check out the entire album. I chose the later because of the way my heart felt when the song builds halfway through. I found myself turning it up and up every few seconds, and then at about 3:05, I may or may not have cried a little bit.

    Stream: “Whispers”

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    You see all I need’s a whisper
    In a world that only shouts…

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    Now go enjoy the rest of Whispers

    iTunes | Spotify

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  • Jay, Part II

    JayLindsey-092Photographed in Atlanta, GA

    Raised in:
    Alpharetta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Favorite bar in Atlanta:
    Northside Tavern, hands down. Live blues music every night. Even though it looks like a hellhole from the outside, it’s like a club…once you go, you get it.

    Now would ya look at that:
    Shot during he and Lindsey’s engagement session.
    See also: Jay, Part I.

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