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A delicious, effortless dessert for Derby Day!


mint julep peaches

3 cups water

2 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon, divided

8 fresh peaches, just ripe

small bunch fresh mint

Stir the sugar, water and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bourbon into a wide-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Turn down the heat so the syrup simmers with medium bubbles. Wash the peaches, then cut in half and remove the pits.

Lower the halves, cut-side down into the syrup. Poach for 2 to 3 minutes, then turn over and poach for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove peaches to a dish. Measure out 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the poaching liquid into a small saucepan, add the remaining 1/4 cup bourbon to the saucepan and boil until reduced by half and thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, peel the peaches, remove any remaining pits and arrange, cut-side down on a serving plate.

To serve, pour syrup on plate, top with peaches and scatter chopped mint leaves over them.


Recipe adapted from AY Magazine, August 2013