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Grilling and Chilling Cocktail

Courtesy William Sprewell, beverage director at The James Room, Atlanta

“Nothing says summer to me like firing up the grill and hanging out with friends and family,” says Sprewell of this drink, which features juicy grilled peach. “This simple, refreshing cocktail is perfect for grilling and chilling out on a hot summer day.”


1 half peach, grilled
1 ½ ounces brandy (Sprewell suggests D’usse VSOP Cognac) or aged rum
½ ounce Martini + Rossi Fiero
¾ ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce Demerara Syrup (or simple syrup made with turbinado sugar)
4–5 mint leaves
Ginger beer, to top
Fresh mint, for garnish


Brush the peach half lightly with olive oil. Using an outdoor grill or grill pan, grill each side over medium heat for 4–5 minutes. Let cool.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle grilled peach. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake well, and double strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice.

Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with mint.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!