This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

Sometimes people think it’s in the fall and winter months that we should be drinking whisk(e)y with fireplaces roaring and rich meals waiting. But I am the type of lady who drinks red wine on hot summer days and thinks whiskey is sometimes best in its most refreshing renditions. We have summer campfires as well, so why not bring the bourbon into the summer months and let the rosé and gin and tonics have a break? After all, there is a reason we slug down Mint Juleps during hot horse races — they’re ridiculously refreshing.

The Whiskey Ginger is easy enough, but I also wanted to suggest a few more for your summer tipples.

Whiskey Sour

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz egg white

Shake all ingredients without ice in a shaker to emulsify the egg. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with an orange flag.

Bourbon Smash

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • lime
  • 5-8 leaves of mint

Muddle a half lime, cut into thirds, with mint. Add simple syrup and bourbon. Shake hard with ice and pour all the contents into a glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Penicillin

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 2 oz blended scotch
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz ginger syrup
  • 1/2 oz honey

Shake, serve on the rocks, and garnish with a float of Islay scotch and a lemon wheel.

Low Ryeder

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 1.5 oz Rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz cynar
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 4 blackberries

Muddle blackberries in a tin. Shake, strain over fresh ice, serve in a highball, and top with soda. Garnish with 2 blackberries.

Crosswalk

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 3/4 oz rye
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 14 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth

Add all ingredients to a glass, top with soda, and garnish with an orange peel.

BBQ Boardwalk

This Summer, Drink More Whiskey: 6 Perfect Cocktails

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 3/4 oz cream of coconut (coco lopez)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 oz vanilla syrup

Shake and strain over crushed ice. Garnish with cocktail umbrellas and grated nutmeg.