Drink in the Winner!

June 2022
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels
Photographs by: 
Paul Grimshaw & courtesy of Linda Liskey

Linda Liskey’s Peachy Bulleit Wins Greg’s Grand Bourbon Cocktail Contest

Winning never tasted so good–especially when it comes to Linda Liskey’s Peachy Bulleit, the winner of Greg’s Grand Bourbon Cocktail Contest sponsored by Greg Norman Australian Grille.

The Little River retiree describes her hand-crafted creation as one with a “lovely peach flavor in a bourbon lemon-infused cocktail that’s refreshing and flavorful.”

Liskey says she was inspired by one of her favorite bourbon-based drinks, the Old Fashioned. The twist? A kiss of peach.

“I like bourbon and the Old Fashioned has the orange flavor in it.  I love the peach flavor, but I never tried it in bourbon,” she says. “So I bought the peach Schnapps and the Bulleit and kept working on my concoction until I thought it tasted good. Because the peach is a little sweet, I added a little bit of lemon juice.”

Liskey, a former flight attendant with United Airlines until 2019, was also inspired by the hotel bartenders she would watch and question as they mixed during her stopovers.

“Sometimes I’d have to be at hotels for three nights in a row, so I went downstairs to eat dinner at the bar and I would always ask them if they have a special drink. They would tell me what was in it and they’d mix it up for me,” she says, “which was always so interesting to me.”

While Liskey was never technically a bartender, she plays one at home for her husband and son (also a bourbon lover), when he comes to visit from Ohio. 

“My husband’s not a bourbon drinker – he likes scotch,” she says, “but when we all went to Greg Norman’s and ordered my drink, he said he really liked this because he didn't taste the bourbon as much. So it’s a good drink for someone who’s not a bourbon drinker because you get that peach taste in there.” Liskey and her husband, whom she met in Houston, Texas, moved here in 2019 after they burnt through her frequent-flier miles visiting back and forth each month and to be closer to the shag dancing scene, which they love. 

Liskey’s Peachy Bulleit, along with the runners-up cocktails, the Front Porch, Kindred Spirits, and High Eye Rye, were chosen out of hundreds of submissions by Greg Norman Australian Grille and each featured as part of their menu, weekly, for patrons to sample. Liskey’s Reader’s Choice winning recipe received a $200 gift card to Greg Norman’s and a spot on their drink menu for a month.

Congratulations, Linda Liskey! And cheers to you!

Greg’s Grand Bourbon Cocktail Contest winner, Linda Liskey of Little River, is pictured with Greg Norman Australian Grille General Manager David Harrell (left) and Grand Strand Magazine Editor/Publisher Pete Banko (right).

Peachy Bulleit
1 1/2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
3/4 oz Peach Liquor
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Orange Peel, for Garnish

Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a bourbon glass over ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

How to make the Greg's Grand Bourbon Cocktail winner: Linda Liskey's The Peachy Bulleit