Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon {By the Pitcher}

Bourbon and peach… Is there a better combo?

Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon

Sweet tea. Good ol’ southern sweet tea spiked with peach simple syrup, oaky bourbon (my fave!), and peach liqueur. It really is an epic summer cocktail combination.

When summer rolls in, I like a cocktail that can do double duty. It has to be refreshing and hydrating but boozy enough to give you that invigorating, heady feeling you expect after throwing back two bourbon-infused cocktails.

It’s all about staying smart during the heat of the summer. You can have your booze and drink it too…without the impending threat of passing out from heat stroke. See that, I got your back.

Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon

As you know, I’m a bourbon gal. It’s my preferred booze of choice, and I pretty much put that shit in everything. If this Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon doesn’t float your boat, shake up a Triple Citrus Whiskey Sour or have a glass of this Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade.

This cocktail if really straight forward. There’s enough to feed a crowd, and it can be made in advance if you’re hosting a party.

Let’s talk about peaches. They’re perfect when they’re in season, but I find that peach-flavored anything tastes artificial, and artificial peach is no bueno in a cocktail. What you want is pure peach flavor, and I achieve that by making an easy peach simple syrup (peaches, water, and sugar) and adding a splash of peach liqueur. I’ve done my fair share of peach liqueur testing, and I find that Mathilde Peche Liqueur comes the closest to the natural flavor of a juicy peach. It’s a little pricey ($12 for a 375ml bottle) but well worth every cent.

Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon

Do yourself a favor and add this Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon to your must-make summer cocktail list.

Peach Arnold Palmer with Bourbon


Peach Simple Syrup

  • 3 peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Arnold Palmer

  • 8 black tea bags
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 batch peach simple syrup (recipe above)
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • 1/2 cup Mathilde Peche Liqueur
  • peach slices, for garnish
  • fresh mint, for garnish


  1. To make the simple syrup, combine peaches, sugar, and water in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, break up the peaches. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the mixture to come to room-temperature. Strain. If you’re not using the mixture immediately, transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 month. 
  2. To make the cocktail, add the tea bags to a heatproof pitcher. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the cold water, lemon juice, peach simple syrup, bourbon, and Peche liqueur. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours. 
  3. When you’re ready to serve, fill a mason jar or tall glass with ice and add the tea. Garnish with peach slices and fresh mint. 
  1. The tea can be made 2-3 days in advance. Add the simple syrup to the pitcher and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Right before serving, stir in the bourbon and Peche liqueur. 
  2. The tea is delicious without the booze. If you’d like to give your guests the option to have their tea with or without the booze, you can serve individual Peach Arnold Palmers with Bourbon by adding 1 cup of tea, 2 ounces bourbon, and 1/2 ounce Peche liqueur to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously. Transfer to a mason jar or tall glass filled with ice. 
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