A classic whiskey cocktail that first appeared in Jerry Thomas's cocktail recipe book in 1862. He called it a variation of the Julep. By 1888, it was considered a separate cocktail made of whiskey, simple syrup, mint, and "small pieces of seasonal fruit". We selected the last nectarines of summer, but a few customers told us that they make it with blackberries, too.
Nectarine Whiskey Smash
2 oz. LPS Bourbon
4 slices of nectarine
1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 oz. burnt sugar simple syrup
4 mint leaves
1 oz. Club Soda
Put the nectarine slices, lemon juice, burnt sugar simple syrup, and mint leaves into a ball jar. Smash. Add the bourbon and the club soda and stir. Add ice. Garnish with a fresh nectarine slice and a mint leaf.
Burnt Sugar Simple Syrup
Melt 1 cup of sugar over high heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly.
When the sugar is a caramel-colored syrup, add 1 cup boiling water.
Turn off the heat and let the sugar dissolve. Cool to use. Refrigerate.