Tysons’ peach grove past
Now the flourishing urban center of Fairfax County, Virginia, Tysons was once a quiet peach grove at the intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 123. With a country store, a post office and peach farms (and not much else), the area was colloquially known as Peach Grove. After William Tyson moved from Maryland to the area and became the local postmaster, the rural crossroads gained the Tysons Corner moniker.
In 1962, that all changed when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the development of what would become Tysons Corner Center, one of the world’s largest indoor malls. Today, the Capital Beltway runs through Tysons, and the Washington Metro Silver Line connects Tysons by rail throughout the D.C. area. The area has continued to grow with an influx of tech companies and an emerging residential population.
While the future continues to look bright for our corner of the world, we enjoy encouraging a nostalgic nod to our Peach Grove past. To that end, Patrick Ocampo, lead bartender at AKB Tysons, developed this smoked peach cocktail for Archer’s 12 Months of Cocktails August selection.
This smoky, peachy, yummy cocktail is served in a rocks glass. It begins with muddling a peach, then adds peach schnapps, simple syrup, lemon juice and easy-drinking Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky. The barkeep tops it off with a peach garnish and smokes the cocktail to perfection.
Won’t you try a Smokin’ Peach? It’s available exclusively at AKB in Archer Hotel Tysons through August 2023.
- 1 muddled peach
- 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce peach schnapps
- 1 1/2 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon
- Peach garnish
DirectionsIn a rocks glass, muddle the peach. Add simple syrup, lemon juice, peach schnapps and bourbon. Smoke your cocktail to perfection. (Here are 4 ways to add smoke to your cocktail.) Finish with the peach garnish.