The Democrat is a lovely peach-and-bourbon cocktail, created by mixologist Jon Santer while working at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco.
At the time, Santer was reading a biography of Harry Truman. Inspired by Truman’s habit of drinking evening cocktails with his wife, out on the patio of his Missouri estate, Santer devised a perfect summertime drink. It’s quintessentially Southern, made for long days and warm nights.
The Democrat calls for a relatively large share of peach liqueur, so make sure that you have a quality bottle. Marie Brizard’s peach liqueur is de rigeur, but Giffard’s Crème de Pêche is our absolute favorite (when we can find it).
Add all ingredients to a tall glass and fill halfway with crushed ice. Stir until the glass is quite cold, and top with more crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel, a freshly-slapped mint spring, and a straw.