A barbecue might be man’s original complement to an already perfect day. My complement to this perfect weather is called Smokey and the Bandit — a smoky, sweet, and savory drink made with fresh thyme, smoked pistachios, peaches, and bourbon. Think BBQ’d-bacon peach cobbler, and you’re almost there. Sans the whiskey, you can find all of this at the Farmers Market.
Take two small pieces of market peach, and muddle with one part fresh lemon juice and one part simple syrup. Add four parts whiskey and shake with ice. Pour into a rocks glass rimmed with crushed hickory-smoked pistachios and garnish with a sprig of thyme. The nose of the drink welcomes you to a smoky, savory afternoon and complements the sweet peach bourbon. November’s here, and the nights are officially getting longer, but with this drink, summer’s always just around the bar.