Behind the Seasoning: Georgia Peach Spice


Chief Flavor Advisor
Savory Spice Shop

Tags: Atlanta BBQ Cobbler Georgia Georgia Peach Spice Peach Peaches

Unlike the ubiquitous fall favorite, pumpkin (where the spices contribute much of the flavor to the finished product), the appeal of a perfect peach pie is the distinctive flavor of the peaches themselves.

Opening a new store in Atlanta, Georgia, especially in the middle of summer, meant we simply had to add a peach-inspired spice to our product line up. For each new state in which we open a store, we create a spice blend reflecting the regional cuisine, key ingredients, or culinary influence. In Georgia, we quickly decided, that meant peaches and BBQ.

Unlike the ubiquitous fall favorite, pumpkin (where the spices contribute much of the flavor to the finished product), the appeal of a perfect peach pie is the distinctive flavor of the peaches themselves. Peruse recipes and you’re likely to find a simple list of ingredients, each of which enhances a flavor note of the peaches. Sugar boosts the sweetness, vanilla adds an aromatic and slightly floral quality, lemon brings a tangy note, and a dash of clove and cinnamon add a kiss of spice. With this in mind, we set out to create a Georgia Peach Spice.

“The idea for Georgia Peach Spice,” Savory Spice founder Mike Johnston explains, “was to take the spices traditionally used to make spiced peaches (cloves, cinnamon, hints of lemon) and convert that flavor profile into a new type of seasoning.”

To start, we mixed Saigon cinnamon, citric acid, cloves, and allspice with sugar. We concocted three variations for taste testing: the first featured plain white sugar, the second used our signature Vanilla Bean Sugar, and the third was made with brown sugar. The white and brown sugars were good but the Vanilla Bean Sugar, not surprisingly, had that extra something that just made the flavors pop.

We also had to play around a bit with the various spices to find just the right balance. Initially, the clove was surprisingly strong and even overpowered the cinnamon flavor. It was getting closer but there was still something missing. After a bit of recipe research, we found that lemon zest is added to some versions of spiced peaches. A dash of lemon peel added a tangy burst to the final version of the seasoning.

Woody's Peach BBQ Sauce (left) and Honey Spiced Peaches (right)

Then came the fun part—recipe development! Our warehouse manager, Matt Shealy, created both a peach pie and a peach cobbler, which the test kitchen morphed into a delicious Peach Crumble Pie. Our resident cocktail expert and Platte St/Denver, CO store manager, Shantelle Stephens, crafted an impressive cocktail, which she dubbed the Georgia Peach Blossom. The secret ingredient that makes the flavors sparkle is the spirit she uses—gin. The spices in the gin accent the Georgia Peach Spice. Featuring seasonal peaches and fresh, garden mint, it’s the perfect summer cocktail.

As I mentioned, our Georgia inspirations were both peaches and BBQ. Mike enthusiastically married these two flavors in a recipe for a sweet and tangy peach BBQ sauce. This family recipe comes from Mike’s father-in-law, Woody Chambers. The secret ingredient for Woody’s Peach BBQ Sauce might surprise you. While you certainly can use fresh Georgia peaches (for a subtle smokiness, try grilling them first!), Woody’s original version relies on peach baby food for the fruity flavor. Our test kitchen whipped up a batch on the sly. It wasn’t until the tasting was complete and the responses were enthusiastic that they revealed this secret ingredient!

In the midst of peach season, we look forward to hear about any delicious recipes you create with our new Georgia Peach Spice.
Submit your Savory recipes here.



Comments on this Article

No comments on this article. Be the first!

Add a comment:


Email Address: (will not be made public)

To help us reduce spam please click on the symbols in the image below

Subscribe via RSS Feed:


adobo Alabama All Natural allspice Atlanta autumn baking bananas barbacoa Barbecue barbeque BBQ BBQ Sauce BBQ Spices beans beef bison Black Dip Blackening bloody mary boiled brine bouillon bread Breakfast brine brining buffalo sauce buffalo wings burger Burgers cajun Cajun Blackening california paprika Caramel Caribbean Carolina BBQ Carolina Reaper Cedar Plank chai Chasing BBQ chicken chile Chile Flakes chiles chili chimichurri chinese new year chocolate cinnamon Cobbler cocoa coconut coffee cold brine Columbian Columbus Day comfort food cookbook cookies cooking with seeds corned beef creole Cuban curry dairy free dairy-free dessert dinner dip dip recipes dips DIY dressing dressings dried herbs Dry Brine Easter Eggs extract extract recipes extracts fall fish flavored drinks fresh herbs Fresh Spices fudge game day Gardening garlic Georgia Georgia Peach Spice gift gift guide gift ideas gift packs gift sets gifts gluten gluten free gluten-free gluten-free menus gluten-free recipes gluten-free spices Grill grilling Growing From Seed guacamole harissa harvest healthy healthy eating healthy recipes herb recipes herbs holiday holiday brunch holiday cocktail party holiday menu holiday open house hot hot sauce hungarian paprika ice cream Illinois Irish jalapeno Jamaican jerk Kansas City KC Barbecue Kentucky ketchup lamb Latin Lemon Lemon Bars Lemon Pepper lime Liquid Brine makrut mardi gras marinade Marinades Marinate Marinating marninate meatball Mediterranean Memphis Memphis BBQ menus Mexican Meyer Lemon Middle Eastern MM Local mortar and pestle mustard mustard seeds Mutton New Year's North Carolina onion organic paleo paprika Peach Peaches pepper peppercorns pickles popcorn pork Pork Chops pumpkin Pyramid Peak Quiche recipes resolutions ribs Rudspice salad salads Salmon salsa salt salt free salt-free salt-free recipes salt-free seasonings salty Sauce savory savory spice Scallops seafood seed to seed seeds seedtoseed Shrimp sides Smoke Cans smoked paprika Smoothie snacks sofrito soup South Carolina Spanish spanish paprika Spice it Forward spice to plate spicy spring Spring Cleaning Sriracha St Louis St Patrick's Day St. Louis St. Patrick's Day Steak stocking stuffers storage sugar sugar free sugar free seasonings sugar-free summer summer recipes super bowl sweet Texas Texas Barbecue Texas BBQ Texas Spices Thanksgiving Toast toasting seeds tomato traditions turkey Valentine's Day vanilla Vanilla Beans Vegetarian vindaloo Whole Hog whole seeds wings winter