Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Grilled Peach Cocktail of Heavenly Wisdom

When Deanna of Seduction in the Kitchen posed a challenge - create a recipe based on a cartoon. I asked, "By 'cartoon', do you mean anything animated?" Yep. " Done."

I went through all of our animated DVDs and thought about the scenes that might work. I found inspiration in this scene from Kung Fu Panda, under the sacred peach tree of heavenly wisdom.

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."


Here's the conversation, in case you can't see the clip above...
Oogway: [walking towards Po] Ah! I see that you have found the Sacred Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom!
Po: [Po turns around with a lot of peaches stuffed in his mouth] Is that what this is? I'm so sorry! I just thought it was a regular peach tree!
Oogway: I understand. You eat when you are upset.
Po: Upset? I'm not upset. Why, what makes you think I'm upset?
Oogway: So why are you upset?
Po: [sighs] I probably sucked more today than anybody in the history of kung fu. In the history of China. In the history of sucking!

Ingredients makes 2 cocktails

  • 1 organic peach, halved and pitted
  • fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 oz bourbon (I used Knob Creek) - 1-1/2 oz per cocktail
  • 2 oz ginger syrup - 1 oz per cocktail
  • sparkling water for serving
  • ice


Grill peach halves until they have nice char lines on them. It doesn't take too much time. I used an indoor grill pan, but you can use a real grill as well.

Dice the grilled peaches and place one half of the peach in the bottom of a cocktail shaker along with some fresh thyme leaves. Muddle until a thick puree forms. Add bourbon and ginger syrup. Stir to combine well. Strain cocktail through a small mesh sieve into serving glasses. Top off  with sparkling water. Add ice, if desired and garnish cocktails with fresh peach slices and more thyme sprigs. Imbibe and enjoy. Cheers!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Wendy. I actually had to re-make it since my first photos were on my dead laptop. Jake wasn't complaining!


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