Bourbon Pickled Peaches

There are few things as Southern as peaches and bourbon, which is part of why they're both plentiful at the Derby. Peaches are at their peak right now so it's the perfect time to make something delicious with the South's favorite ingredients, like the Bourbon Pickled Peaches that Churchill Downs Executive Chef David Danielson served as part of the Derby 142 official menu. Fans couldn't get enough of these at last year's Derby and we bet you'll feel the same way. Enjoy!

For Bourbon Pickled Peaches

2 pounds fresh sliced peaches

1 pound granulated sugar

1 cup apple cider vinegar

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flake

 ¼ tsp kosher salt

1 cinnamon stick

4 whole cloves

½ cup water

1 cup orange juice

½ tsp vanilla

¼ cup bourbon


In a medium sized sauce pot combine all ingredients and bring mixture to a boil. Turn heat down to a medium simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes to allow the peaches to cook. Place the mixture in a mixing bowl and wrap with plastic for a tight seal. Place in refrigeration over night or up to 7 days. The flavor gets better each day.

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