Frozen Peach and Vanilla Mint Juleps.
This flavor is everything I want to have forever.
Next weekend, you can enjoy the most exciting 120 seconds of May with one of these bourbon babies in hand. I cannot wait!
Eddie also obviously can’t wait, but he will pass on the bourbon. Whomp whomp. Too many bad nights in college and he’s like, nope!
Last year, I made fresh watermelon mint juleps BEFORE the derby. But on derby day, I made a version of the fresh exchange’s peach mint juleps, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them ever since! Their version used the peach preserves from American Spoon which has probably been one of my entire family’s favorite flavors for, oh, I don’t know… twenty years?! So they were a huge hit.
I knew that I wanted to incorporate frozen peach slices into the mix – not in a puree and not in a major flavor way, but as part of the “ice” so the peach flavor gradually melted into the drink and you got just a slight hint of it.
Also, I really liked having the peach slices to munch on with the cocktail.
Frozen peaches also won out because we aren’t even CLOSE to good peach season in this area. The ones I find at the grocery store are as hard as a rock and basically never ripen. It will probably be months before I get a good one, so frozen peaches are the answer! I prefer them over canned too. Just to be real.
The vanilla? Well gosh, do I ever NOT want something to be vanilla-flavored? I soaked a few cut vanilla beans in my bourbon for only 60 minutes here, but back in the fall, I made infused bourbons and that is where I took the inspiration from. If I were you, I’d throw some cut vanilla beans into your bourbon TODAY so that in another nine days, the flavor will be extra vanilla-y.
AND. Vanilla simple syrup. Just to be as vanilla as possible. Yesssss.
Oh oh oh and just in case you want some other mint julep inspo, I’ve made:
Mint julep FRUIT SALAD. With homemade marshmallow. Naturally.
Your day is set.
Frozen Peach and Vanilla Mint Juleps
- 2 1/2 ounces bourbon soaked with vanilla beans, if desired
- 1 ounce vanilla simple syrup
- 1 ounce club soda
- frozen peach slices
- crushed ice
- fresh mint leaves
vanilla mint simple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 vanilla bean seeds scraped
- 1 bunch of mint leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine bourbon and vanilla syrup together and shake or stir well. Pour over a mix of frozen peach slices and crushed iced, top with club soda and serve with extra mint leaves. Garnish with a few more peach slices. Drink up!
vanilla bean syrup
- Combine the sugar, water, scraped vanilla beans, mint and whole bean in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbling. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Let cool completely before stirring in the extract and storing in a jar. Remove the mint. I usually don’t remove the vanilla pod and just leave it in for flavor!
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29 Comments on “Frozen Peach and Vanilla Mint Juleps.”
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I say YES to anything with vanilla bean added. And here it sounds like the perfect addition! I love seeing those sexy little seeds and knowing whatever I’m eating or drinking is going to have that extra special flavor because of them. Cheers!!
i’m the same way! love!
Poor Eddie! As a KY girl, I can’t imagine a life without bourbon & these sound like perfection.
right?! I know, i wish he loved it!
Mint juleps are one of my favourite cocktails ever!! I love the bug bourbon hit, I have made everyone of your julep recipes and can’t wait to try this I love the addition of peach. And I am a fellow vanilla lover! I always always have vanilla beans and vanilla paste on hand usually along with vanilla salt, but it’s totally not a problem 🙈
vanilla lovers unite!
I love the idea of peach, vanilla AND mint – that combo sounds incredible!
thanks ashlyn! i love it too!
I need to make this. I have tons of mint leaves to use up and this looks like the perfect opportunity to do so!
These look delicious!!!
I cannot express how much I love all of the flavors happening here. Love the frozen peach slices too!
me too beth! me too!
You’re speaking my love language, Jessica! Julep heaven here with all the linky links to your faves! I’m off sugar for two weeks, but I will have the ingredients for this on the ready when my two weeks are up! Love, love looooove!
yesss! juleps it is!
The mint doesn’t need to be muddled at all, you just throw mint leaves in as a garnish at the end?
i don’t muddle the mint for this one, but i do put it in the vanilla syrup for some more minty flavor!!
Love bourbon, but can’t do the mint juleps. However, these flavored ones intrigue me! May have to give them a try!!!
Hi Jessica, this would be a great addition to the stone fruit theme over at Food on Friday (which is on right now). Each month there are 3 different themes plus a Potluck – so you should always be able to share something. If you would like to join in the fun on a regular basis please schedule a reminder for the second Friday of each month (NZ time). Cheers from Carole’s Chatter
another lovely cocktail, peach seems like a perfect complement to the traditional mint and love the dash of vanilla, thank you!
Can I ask where you got the cups?
crate and barrel!
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How would you make this into a mocktail? We don’t drink and I really think this recipe is great just not sure what to add or sub for the Bourban. If you don’t use a vanilla bean should you add more vanilla extract?