Democrat

Democrat cocktail with bourbon, lemon juice, peach liqueur, and honey syrup

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).

Ingredients

Instructions

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.

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