Canning Bourbon Peaches | Drunken Peaches

Bourbon peaches are a delicious summertime treat. However, enjoy this drunken peaches recipe by canning it. Canning bourbon peaches allows this recipe to be enjoyed well after the summer months.

canning bourbon peaches

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Canning bourbon peaches has become a tradition on the homestead. There is no better means for preserving peaches than this recipe.

Preserving fruits in alcohol has been around the block a time or two, and in truth, it needs to make a comeback. The smooth taste of bourbon mixed with a simple syrup and peaches creates quite a tasty treat.

Brandied cherries is another example on preserving fruit in alcohol. However, bourbon cherries is also an option. Regardless of the alcohol selected, fruit has a tendency to mix well with it.

Canning bourbon peaches is an alcohol free treat. Once the jars have been heated causes the alcohol within the jars evaporate. What is left behind is a delicious peachy bourbon flavor. Who could not enjoy that?

Before moving on to canning bourbon peaches take a look at some of my other preserving recipes utilizing peaches.

Aside from preserving peaches this delicious peach cobbler recipe is a must to make. Actually, it must be made multiple times before the peach season ends. I promise you will not regret it. 

By the way, both the peach cobbler and bourbon peaches partner well with vanilla bean ice-cream.

Canning Bourbon Peaches

The process is extremely simple and bourbon peaches should only be canned if:

  1. you love peaches, and
  2. you love bourbon

Then, and only then, is this recipe for you. Boozy fruit isn’t for everyone, however, there are a few thousand (or more) of you who will love this drunken peaches recipe.

Tip to Removing the Skins

Peaches could very well be canned with the skin on, though they are much more appealing when the skin has been removed. Here are tips for slipping off the skin easily:

  1. Bring a large stockpot to boil
  2. Wash peaches well, discarding any spots which have been bruised
  3. Place an X at the blossom end of the fruit, add to the blanching basket
  4. Once the water has reached a hard boil, add the blanching basket
  5. Allow the peaches to blanch for 20 to 40 seconds
  6. Remove the basket and place peaches into ice cold water to stop the cooking process
  7. At this point the skins will peel rather easily, reserve the peels
drunken peaches

Dehydrate the reserved peach peels to create a peach powder. A small amount of the powder can be added to oatmeal, cake batter, and even homemade yogurt for a peach flavor.

The Simple Syrup

For this recipe, due to the bourbon, a heavy simple syrup creates a tastier bourbon peaches recipe. However, a light or medium simple syrup will work just as well.

  • Heavy Simple Syrup – 1:1 (water to sugar)
  • Medium Simple Syrup – 2:1 (water to sugar)
  • Light Simple Syrup – 3:1 (water to sugar)

The sugar can also be substituted for either honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind, sugar is a preservative. Fruit preserves maintain their color, flavor, and texture longer with the use of sugar.

Drunken Peaches

It is best to select peaches which are firm and ripe and ready to eat. Underripe fruit lacks flavor, whereas, overripe fruit has a tendency to not maintain its shape, flavor, and texture during canning or as it sits in the pantry.

This recipe will make roughly 7 pints, however, it can be doubled. In place of pint size jars, quart jars may be used.

One final tip, make sure to view the processing time below. The altitude for which you reside and how the peaches are packed will indicate how long the jars will need to be processed.

Ingredients

The simple syrup in this recipe is a heavy syrup, feel free to select a light or medium syrup. Keep in mind, the desired flavor for drunken peaches is a mix of sweetness and bourbonness. Yes, bourbonness is the correct word to use.

  • 6 1/2 pound peaches, yellow or white
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Bourbon, brand of choice

Heavy Simple Syrup

  • 7 cups water
  • 7 cups sugar

Equipment

  • large stock pot
  • blanching basket
  • stainless steel heavy bottom pot or enamel Dutch oven
  • steam canner or boiling water canner
  • 7 pint jars
  • jar funnel
  • air bubble remover
  • measuring spoons

Instructions

  1. Blanch peaches and remove the skins. Follow the instructions under tips for removing the skins.
  2. In a separate pot add water and sugar to create the simple syrup. Bring the syrup to a boil, stirring often to help the sugar dissolve.
  3. Cut peach slices to 1/2-inch thick.
  4. Fill jars with the sliced peaches leaving a 1-inch headspace.
  5. Add enough simple syrup to cover the peaches.
  6. Next add 1 to 2 tablespoon of bourbon.
  7. Remove air bubbles using the air bubble remover
  8. Add additional syrup or bourbon if needed.
  9. Using a clean dish towel, wipe the rims of the jars. Add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  10. Process jars in a steam canner or boiling water canner based on the time provided below.
  11. Remove jars from the canner, allow the jars to rest for 12 hours. Place any jars which have not sealed into the refrigerator and use first.
drunken peaches
Style of PackJar Size1-1,000 ft1,001-3,000 ft3,001-6,000 ftabove 6,000 ft
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Processing Times for Canning Bourbon Peaches

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Canning Bourbon Peaches

Bourbon peaches is a delicious summertime treat. However, enjoy this drunken peaches recipe by canning it. Canning bourbon peaches allows this recipe to be enjoyed well after the summer months.
Prep Time45 mins
processing time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon peaches, canning bourbon peached, drunken peaches
Servings: 7 pints
Cost: $19

Equipment

  • large stock pot
  • Blanching Basket
  • stainless steel heavy bottom pot or enamel Dutch oven
  • steam canner or boiling water canner
  • 7 pint jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 pound peaches yellow or white
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Bourbon brand of choice

Simple Syrup

  • 7 cups water
  • 7 cups sugar

Instructions

  • Blanch peaches and remove the skins. For the instructions under tips for removing the skins.
  • In a separate pot add water and sugar to create the simple syrup. Bring the syrup to a boil, stirring often to help the sugar dissolve.
  • Cut peach slices to 1/2-inch thick.
  • Fill jars with the sliced peaches leaving a 1 inch headspace.
  • Add enough simple syrup to cover the peaches.
  • Next add 1 to 2 tablespoon of bourbon.
  • Remove air bubbles using the air bubble remover
  • Add additional syrup or bourbon if needed.
  • Using a clean dishtowel, wipe the rims of the jars. Add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  • Process jars in a steam canner or boiling water canner based on the time provided bleow.
  • Remove jars from canner and allow the jars to rest for 12 hours. Place any jars which have not sealed into the refrigerator and use first.

Notes

Select the correct processing time base on the chart provided in the original article. 

Enjoy canning bourbon peaches, the flavor will encourage you to preserve peaches in this manner year after year.

canning bourbon peaches
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Comments

  1. Danielle says

    What is your peach peel powder recipe? I tried finding one on Pinterest and Google, but no such luck! Thanks!

    • Ann Accetta-Scott says

      It’s quite simple, once you have blanched and peeled your peaches for canning, dehydrate the peels. Once they have been completely dried ground into a powder. The method is very similar to how to dry tomato peels, which can be found here on our website. Enjoy it!

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