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Top Whiskey Cocktails For Summer

Updated on March 30, 2012

Whiskey is often viewed as the drinkers drink; a stiff, caramel liquor enjoyed in a dark, smokey bar with blues on the jukebox and peanut shells littering the floor, or perhaps among the white collar crowd bathed in exclusivity in a members only lounge. There does not always seem to be an inviting factor when pondering whiskey. Rarley are parties heavy on whiskey as social fervor tends to revolve around beer and some sort of vodka punch. Well here are 5 whiskey cocktails that are perfect for your summer party. Whether sitting around the pool or having a late night rager on a hot summer night, these drinks are sure to please all.


Whiskey Buck

The Whiskey Buck is a refreshing drink with lemon and ginger beer. It is not overly sweet and the lemon does a nice job of cutting the potent whiskey flavors.


  • Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Ginger Beer
  • Ice

In a shaker full of ice, put 2 parts whiskey, 1 part lemon juice, and between 1/2 to 1 part simple syrup adjusted to sweetness preference. Cover and shake vigorously. Pour into a tall cocktail glass full of ice to 3/4 full. Top with ginger beer and enjoy!


Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail with several variations. Here is the classice recipe, but try topping with club soda and add whatever fruit garnish you like.


  • Bourbon
  • Lemon Juice
  • Superfine Sugar

In a shaker combine 2 ounces bourbon, 2/3 ounces lemon juice, and 1 t superfine sugar with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a sour glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is a popular Southern drink and is rejuvenating blend of mint, bourbon, sugar, and water. There are many variations and varieties to this drink. Below is a classic version.


  • Bourbon
  • Fresh Mint
  • Superfine Sugar
  • Water

This drink traditionally served in a silver or pewter cup. Muddle 6 fresh mint leaves with 1 t sugar and a little bit of water. Fill the cup with ice and pour bourbon over. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.


Lynchburg Lemonade

The Lynchburg Lemonade is a delicious cocktail made with Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey. My kind of lemonade!


Add 1 t sugar and a little warm water to a cocktail glass and stir until dissolved. In a shaker combine ice, sugar water, 2 ounces Jack Daniel's, 1 ounce Triple Sec, and juice of 1 lemon. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass full of ice. Garnish with lemon.


Bee's Nest

The Bee's Nest is another drink with amazing flavor and fresh ingredients make all the difference. Enjoy one watching the sunset.


Muddle 1 T ginger and 1 T honey in a shaker or glass. Add 2 ounces whiskey, cover, and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass or old fashioned glass. Garnish with fresh honeycomb.


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      Brian Dooling 6 years ago from Connecticut

      great suggests, its funny my grandmother, who isn't a big drinker, always talks about how she use to drink whiskey sours lol, i tend to just stick with jack and ginger, voted up!

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      Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I love whiskey but could never ruin it by adding anything to it. Apart from anything else it is too expensive.Nice hub all the same.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this sounds lovely! just what I need on a stressful day like today, long story!, the mint one sounds delicious and the bee, make me one up and send it over! lol cheers nell

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      Matt Stark 6 years ago from Albany, CA

      Thanks Ari! Enjoy!

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      Ari Lamstein 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great Hub Matt.

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      What great recipes for summertime drinks! My husband loves whisky drinks; an old-fashioned is his cocktail of choice. I'll pass on this Hub to him. The Bee's Nest sounds devine!

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      Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Well written Hub with easy to understand and follow Whiskey recipes. A Mint Julep would be my pick for today, thank you !

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      Judith Hancock 6 years ago from UK

      Delicious, thanks :)