When the weather starts to warm up, there’s nothing quite like whipping up a refreshing summer cocktail to help you cool off and relax away the days. But rather than reaching for the regular drops, why not mix it up this hot weather season by incorporating some summer whisky drinks into your at-home mixology sessions?
Typically regarded as a winter or Christmas liquor, in recent years summer whisky cocktails have had a surge in popularity. Whether you’ve got a taste for bourbon, scotch or whisky, the key to concocting a tasty whisky in summer comes down to the versatility of the flavours. To help you on your way to getting creative with your beverages, we’ve pulled together a list of the best summer whisky cocktails for you to try.
Add lime for some summer zest
Nothing screams ‘summer cocktail’ quite like adding the juice of a freshly picked lime to give a zesty kick in the tastebuds. If you’re looking for a drink that brings together notes of bitter, sour and the smoky complexities of whisky then you can’t go past a Northern Harvest Buck. Combine the below ingredients with plenty of ice and shake well. Serve in a highball glass with lemon and mint garnishes.
● Northern Harvest Buck
- 50ml Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
- 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Lemon slice and mint to garnish
Keep it sweet with a special ingredient
When it comes to creating summer whisky drinks we’re all about getting experimental with the ingredients. Our philosophy is that life’s too short not to add a dollop of seasonal fruit jam to your cocktail. Yep — you heard right — jam! The Monkey Jam Sour takes your favourite breakfast spread and gives it new life by mixing with a tasty bourbon. This unique cocktail brings together a bunch of everyday flavour profiles that really sing when mixed together. For the sweet tooths that walk among us this is about to become your new summer go-to tipple. Combine the below ingredients in a shaker then serve in a rustic jam jar with plenty of ice and grapefruit to garnish.
● Monkey Jam Sour
- 50ml Wild Turkey
- 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tbsp your favourite jam
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 5ml sugar syrup
- Splash of soda water
- Grapefruit slice to garnish
Give a whisky twist to a classic cocktail
A beloved summer cocktail is the Piña Colada — but what if we gave it a bit of an edge? The Cowboy Colada is a western take on the fruity classic and it’ll have you yelling ‘yeehaw’ before you take your first sip. Swap out the rum portion of the colada and sub in a whisky or scotch with some peppery spice flavours to give the cocktail a cowboy buck. Hand-shake the below ingredients together with ice, serve in an Old Fashioned glass and add a wedge of pineapple to the rim.
● Cowboy Colada
- 60ml Cragganmore single malt scotch
- 30ml pineapple juice
- 30ml coconut cream
- 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Pineapple to garnish
The icier the better
After a long day at the beach, nothing will quench your thirst better than a summer whisky cocktail packed full of ice, ice and more ice. As the name suggests, the Bourbon Slush isn’t shy about making crushed ice the hero of this drink. While this cocktail may take a little bit of prep time, we promise it will be well worth the effort when those warm sun rays are beating down. You’ll need to mix the below ingredients together before storing them away in the freezer to cool overnight. The following day, take a potato masher to the mix, and you’ll be left with an icy delight. Serve in a Collins glass, top with soda water and garnish with orange slices.
● Bourbon Slush
- 2 cups Jim Beam White Label bourbon
- 30ml orange juice
- 30ml lemonade
- 30ml pineapple juice
- 1.5 cups white sugar
- Soda water
- Orange slices to garnish
Refresh yourself with a mint-infused drop
One of the best ways to add a summer twist to a cocktail is to use the sweet and cooling herb, mint. The Mint Julep has earned a reputation for being one of the most refreshing summer drinks because, well, it really does the job. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you need is a top-shelf bourbon, sugar syrup, crushed ice and, of course, plenty of mint. Combine all of the below ingredients and let this sweet, minty drink cut through the hot summer air.
● Mint Julep
- 60ml Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight bourbon
- 5 mint sprigs
- 15ml sugar syrup
- Crushed ice
Get your hands on the best summer scotch, bourbon and whisky at GoodDrop
If you’ve worked up a well-earned thirst and want to give some of these summer whisky drinks a go, then be sure to check out our selection at GoodDrop for all of the ingredients you’ll need. We’re passionate about pairing the perfect Whisky product with satisfied customers, which is why we’ve worked hard to curate a collection of top-notch drops for you to enjoy. From Irish whiskey classics like Jameson, to American whiskey icons like Jack Daniels, smooth blended Japanese whisky and bold scotches like Ballantine’s — we’ve got something for everyone, and every cocktail.
If you’re looking to secure some top whisky for summer, then head to our GoodDrop to purchase premium products that will be delivered right to your door. Simply make your selections, finalise your order, include your delivery details, and we’ll take care of packing up your liquor goods ready to safely make their way to you. If you live in the Illawarra area, we offer next business day delivery for $5.50 (if ordered before 11am Monday to Friday) or free when you spend over $100. For all other locations, be sure to check out our delivery FAQs page for more details.