Bourbon Poached Peaches

Bourbon Poached Peaches

30 minutes


1 hour

12 servings

Luscious ripe peaches are available from street corner pickup trucks, to farmer’s markets, to grocery store produce shelves.  This simple, but delicious recipe makes great use of this gem of a fruit.  Bourbon poached peaches are a perfect summer treat! They are great by themselves or even better with a scoop of ice cream or a slice of cake.


  • 4 lbs peaches ( about 12)
  • 2 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans; split & scraped (pods reserved)
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 4 cups water ( plus water to poach peaches)


  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile prepare an ice-water bath. Cut a small X into the bottom of each peach. Boil peaches for 1 minute.
  2. Transfer to ice bath. Let cool slightly. Peel and pit peaches. Cut into 3/4 inch wedges.
  3. Bring 4 cups of water, sugar, vanilla seeds & pods to a boil in a large saucepan; stir until sugar dissolves. Add peaches and bourbon. Simmer until the peaches are tender but still hold their shape. (about 5-7 minutes)
  4. Transfer peaches to a large bowl using a slotted spoon. Cook syrup over medium heat until reduced to half. (about 15 minutes) Pour over peaches. Let cool completely.
  5. Divide peaches among 12 ounce jars using slotted spoon. Pour syrup over top. Add vanilla pods to jars if desired. Seal jars and refrigerate until ready to use.

Chef’s tips:

  • To save time, frozen peaches work just as well however disregard the first two steps.


Article Provided By: Scarborough Fare Catering