The Southern Gentleman

Art of the Cocktail, Beer & Cocktails, Drink

This post comes to us courtesy of food writer and editor James Schend, blogger at Dairy Freed


The bartenders at Bourbon & Branch in San Francisco are experts at mixing some of the most creative cocktails you’ll ever taste. This cocktail is aptly named because it’s the epitome of a Southern gentleman:

  • It has a distinct charm that puts everyone at ease.
  • Sweet, but not overtly so, and always refreshing.
  • It camouflages its wild streak behind the guise of old-world gentility.


Watch as bartender Jayson Wilde prepares this perfect summer cocktail.


The Southern Gentleman

3 fresh peach slices

2 oz. (1/4 cup) Wild Turkey Rye

1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) brown sugar-cinnamon syrup (recipe follows)

1/2 oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lemon juice

1/4 oz. (1 1/2 tsp.) fresh orange juice


Fresh mint sprig for garnish

Grated cinnamon for garnish


Place 2 fresh peach slices in a cocktail shaker and lightly muddle. Add the rye, brown sugar-cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and orange juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.


Add fresh ice to a rocks glass and strain the rye mixture into the glass through a fine-mesh strainer. Garnish with the remaining peach slice, mint sprig and grated cinnamon. Serves 1.


Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Syrup


2/3 cup water

1 cup brown sugar

4 cinnamon sticks


See video for recipe. Makes about 1 cup.


Music: Kevin MacLeod,


About the author: A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, James Schend’s culinary career began when he won his first cooking contest at 8 years old. He’s gone on to write and develop recipes for national magazines and culinary websites. His own blog Dairy Freed focuses on the challenges of dairy-free cooking.

2 comments about “The Southern Gentleman

  1. Brigett

    Saw this recipe and thought “I have fresh peaches!” Other than having to make the brown sugar syrup, it went quick. This was delicious! Very refreshing, not too sweet and the Rye whiskey a welcome change from rums that seem to dominate this type of drink.

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