Summer Cocktails Perfect For 4th July

If you’ve got any summer parties planned over the coming weeks, then you need to have some stunning cocktails to wow the crowds, right? In summer a lot of cocktails tend to be based around the ‘clear’ spirits like gin, vodka or tequila. While I totally understand why people have those thoughts (I mean, tequila and lime just screams hot weather, right)? There is still a place for some other spirits like whiskey. It doesn’t just have to be a spirit for colder months. Holler if you enjoy a good whiskey. 

Whiskey in all of it’s forms, bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish or even Japanese can be used all year round. The fun thing in summer is to make them into cocktails, though, rather than just drinking it neat. It also helps that a Japanese whiskey called Kikori goes well with some traditional summer foods that you’d have at a BBQ, like barbecue ribs and grilled peaches, for instance. Lookup a Kikori whiskey review if you don’t believe me. It’s hints of caramel and vanilla go perfectly for summer. But if you’re still not convinced, then here are a couple of whiskey cocktail recipes to try. I’d love to hear what you think!

Whiskey Sours

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Syrup

This is such an all-American classic; it makes it perfect for summer. Simply mix together, with the portions to your liking.

Lemonade Zinger

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon and lime soda (Sprite)
  • Triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Sour mix mixer

A lot of people that are fans of a Jack Daniels and Coke might be reluctant to try this more citrusy version. But it is the perfect combination for a summer’s night, and it gives you a nice refreshing boost. You don’t have to get lots and lots of expensive mixers with this drink, though. As long as you’ve got yourself a good whiskey, it will taste divine. The sweet and sour combination works really well.

Old Fashioned

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Chopped peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Sugar syrup
  • Sparkling water

If blackberries and peaches don’t scream summer, then I don’t know what else will? This combo makes for a super refreshing drink, and a bit less daunting than the lemonade zinger. The sparkling water makes it much more refreshing, as well as weakening the taste of the whiskey. So this is a good one to start with for anyone that isn’t too keen on the idea of whiskey in a cocktail. Serve them this and their mind will be changed!

Kentucky Kiss

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Strawberry puree
  • Maple syrup

If you’re after a cocktail that is good enough to eat, then this is the one for you. Plus, they are perfect for summer with the addition of strawberries, which are the perfect summer fruit. Mixed with whiskey, especially a bourbon, can make for a match made in heaven. It is really simple to make too. Just get the puree ready, through mashing and straining some super ripe and ready berries. Then mix together with the other ingredients.

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