Tipsy Tuesday: Bourbon Cocktails for Summer Drinking

This weeks Tipsy Tuesday is brought to you by our love for a good glass of bourbon (and all of you who voted!). Normally we opt for bourbon all winter long, but we have been trying out some summer bourbon recipes over the last couple weeks and here are our favorites. A few are our take on classic bourbon cocktails and the others are what we came up with to pair with all of the best seasonal fruit. There were so many good options so potentially in a few weeks we will share the honorable mentions because they were all so dang good! So, let’s get on with it and let the cocktails start flowing….

This week our delicious cocktails were made with one of our favorite bourbon whiskeys: KOVAL Bourbon

Classic Whiskey Sour:

What better way to enjoy a warm summer night than with a classic chilled whiskey sour. The citrus from the lemon and the sweetness from the simple syrup make this a great easy-drinking classic cocktail for those summer evenings with friends. This classic cocktail pairs well with most meals, but we personally like to enjoy this cocktail with an assortment of cheeses and meats (also known as a charcuterie board).

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz KOVAL Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • 1 egg white
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters

Directions:

  • Mix bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, bitters and egg white in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously to mix ingredients and to froth the egg white
  • Pour into a coupe glass or serve in an old-fashioned glass over ice.
  • ENJOY!

Bourbon Cherry Old Fashioned:

This was our favorite of the bourbon cocktails that we made over the last couple weeks. Cherries in the midwest are starting to be in season (late May – early August) and what better way to celebrate them being in the grocery store by mixing them with bourbon! I never thought this would have been as good as it was and although we are calling it an old fashioned since it does have old-fashioned bitters, you could also consider it a bourbon smash. The cherries compliment the bourbon in a way where you almost don’t need the simple syrup for this cocktail. This is good for any occasion as well, but again summer nights with a bourbon cherry old fashioned we see this fitting best.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. KOVAL Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • Handful of fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • Dash of angostura bitters
  • Garnish with cherries

Directions:

  • If cherries aren’t already pitted, remove pits (don’t worry about them looking pretty).
  • In a shaker, muddle pitted cherries, simple syrup and lime juice.
  • Add bourbon and ice to shaker.
  • Shake until well chilled.
  • Pour into old-fashioned or rocks glass (you can strain if you don’t want the muddled fruit).
  • I like my old-fashioned booze forward, but if you don’t you can add some sparkling water.
  • Garnish with cherries and mint leaf.
  • ENJOY!

Summer Whiskey Ginger:

Whiskey gingers are one of those cocktails for us that goes down often way too quickly. We wanted to bring a refreshing summer version of a whiskey ginger by incorporating lemon juice and ginger beer rather than the traditional ginger ale (don’t worry we used diet since it’s summer). This, in our opinion, gives this cocktail a bigger and bolder flavor that can be enjoyed all summer long.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Fill an old-fashioned or rocks glass with ice.
  • Add fresh lemon juice and bourbon and stir.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer.
  • Top with a lemon wheel for garnish.
  • ENJOY!

Bourbon Honey Lemon Iced Tea:

Last, but not least, we have an easy day-time drinking bourbon cocktail. This refreshing ice tea forward cocktail is good for those summer day-parties or cookouts where you are definitely in it for the long haul. The honey also brings a sweet flavor that reminds us of our grandparent’s iced tea. We love iced tea and we love bourbon so why not combine the two!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. KOVAL Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Honey
  • 4 oz. unsweetened iced tea
  • 1/2 lemon squeezed
  • Lemon wheel and mint

Directions:

  • Combine bourbon, honey, tea, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake until well-chilled.
  • Pour into a highball glass (or plastic cup since you’re probably day-drinking this cocktail).
  • Garnish with lemon wheel and mint leaf.
  • ENJOY!

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