From beach days to backyard barbeques, lazy afternoons and front porch evenings, we have found 15 of the best summer whiskey cocktails to keep you sipping through Labor Day….and beyond, if you start thinking of summer as a feeling, not a season!
Happy hour truly is the happiest time of the day, but add flip flops and warm weather to your favorite cocktail and now we’re talking! With summer upon us, everyone has their idea of the perfect summer cocktail. Most involve clear liquors – vodka, gin and rum.
But I’m urging you to consider whiskey. It has seen a resurgence in popularity recently and, believe it or not, summer is a great time to enjoy this versatile spirit. Nothing is simpler and more satisfying than a good whiskey served on the rocks. But it works really well in cocktails lightened and brightened for summer.
Whiskey Pairs Well with Barbecue Favorites
What I like most about whiskey cocktails is that I feel they can stand up to to the stronger summer food flavors. When I’m serving massive burgers or juicy grilled ribeyes, serving a light cocktail throws off the balance. But a whiskey cocktail has enough flavor to pair with barbecue favorites.
While whiskey has a reputation for being a cold weather drink, these cocktails really mix things up and get creative. The key to summer whiskey is to drink it cold and experiment with summer flavors like berries, stone-fruits and even watermelon. Try it frozen in a popsicle or shaken with lots of ice and discover all that whiskey has to offer!
White Sangria with Whiskey, Apple and Peach | carolinescooking.com
Pineapple Upside Down Shots | mantitlement.com
Strawberry Whiskey Lemonade | lifeasastrawberry.com
Irish Margarita | foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com
Limoncello and Raspberry Whiskey Popsicles | liquor.com
Bourbon Whiskey Slush | sockbox10.com
Watermelon Whiskey Cocktail | sunnysweetdays.com
Friday at Five: Fireball Sangria | gogogogourmet.com
Cherry 7 and 7 | sugarandsoul.com
Sun Brewed Apple Whiskey Tea | totallythebomb.com
Blueberry Whiskey Spritzer | lifeasastrawberry.com
Pineapple Whiskey Sour | bakedbyrachel.com
Blushing Whiskey Sour | kleinworthco.com
Horsefeather Cocktail | gimmesomeoven.com
Cucumber Whiskey Smash | craftboxgirls.com