Sweet Meat Cocktail

Sweet Meat Cocktail Recipe
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Infusion: 30 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail

The "meat" in the sweet meat cocktail doesn't involve bacon, as you might suspect from modern cocktails. Instead, it comes from the sweet flesh of peaches, though even that is found in an unusual ingredient that you'll need to make yourself (don't worry, it's easy).

This bourbon cocktail recipe was created by Virginia cocktailian Todd Thrasher. It's a tribute to sweet fruit candies that were once prevalent throughout the southern United States.

The cocktail itself requires just three ingredients and gently enhances the bourbon with fruit and nut flavors. Its key ingredient is the pecan peach water, which is sweetened with honey. You're sure to enjoy the fascinating and brilliant new take on the typical peach drink.


  • For the Pecan Peach Water:
  • 1 quart pecan pieces
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 peaches (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 quart honey
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 1/2 ounces pecan peach water
  • 1 dash peach bitters
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cocktail is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and assembly.

Make the Pecan Peach Water

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 300 F.

  2. On a baking sheet, spread the pecans evenly and toast in the oven for 15 minutes or until oils begin to come out of the pecans.

  3. In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil.

  4. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the honey and peaches.

  5. Add pecan pieces to the water and honey mixture; allow to infuse for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  7. Strain first through a chinois strainer (or fine mesh strainer) then through a coffee filter to remove any sediment and solids.

Make the Sweet Meat Cocktail

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a mixing glass, pour the whiskey, peach pecan water, and peach bitters over ice.

  3. Stir for 30 seconds.

  4. Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a long lemon twist

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Skip the pecans if you have concerns about tree nut allergies, particularly if you'll be serving this drink to guests.
  • The recipe makes a little over 64 ounces, so you'll have plenty available for many cocktails (even a party).
  • The flavored water could also be used to add an intriguing twist to homemade lemonade or Southern sweet tea if you like.

How Strong Is a Sweet Meat Cocktail?

Since the bourbon makes up most of this cocktail, it is a pretty strong drink. If you're using an 80 proof whiskey, the alcohol content should fall around 20 percent ABV (40 proof). That's half the strength of a straight shot of the whiskey, so it may be best to take it easy with this one.