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8 Bourbon Cocktails to Drink This Summer

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If you’re new to whiskey (or even if you’re a seasoned drinker), you might think that the brown liquor is best consumed on a cool weather day. But whiskey is incredibly versatile, especially if we’re talking about sweet, oaky bourbon. Here, eight bourbon cocktails that are delicious to drink all summer.

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Tiki isn’t just about rum, and this drink from Little Buddy Hideaway in Asbury Park, NJ proves that it’s true. A mix of sweet bourbon and spicy rye is made summery with lemon juice, orgeat, cane syrup and tiki bitters.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Rye Whiskey
orgeat
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When the Derby is over and summer has set in, throw your Mint Julep in the blender to create this frosty frozen treat. A mix of Giffard Menthe-Pastille liqueur and mint syrup makes the bourbon drink extra cooling.

The Essentials

bourbon
mint syrup
ice
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We can’t think of a better lazy day drink than this Mason jar sipper. Blackberries, bourbon and lemonade come together in perfect harmony for a crowd-pleasing cocktail that should be present at all summer parties.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Blackberries
Lemon Juice
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Fishbowls aren’t just for divey spring break bars. This grown-up recipe uses a black tea-infused bourbon, homemade strawberry syrup and lots of Peychaud’s bitters to create a complex but completely gulpable cocktail.

The Essentials

black tea bourbon
Strawberry syrup
Lemon Juice
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While the Gin Rickey is decidedly more popular, the Bourbon Rickey was the original. A simple and refreshing mix of bourbon, lime juice and soda will cure what ails you on the hottest summer day.

The Essentials

bourbon
lime
club soda
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Bourbon joins peach syrup and fresh mint for a cocktail that will be perfect at your next picnic or beach day. If you’re in the mood for a mocktail, this libation tastes great without the whiskey.

The Essentials

mint
ginger beer
peach syrup
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Making this mix of bourbon, lemon juice and honey syrup is practically as simple as pouring a whiskey on ice. Simply shake and strain the ingredients over a large cube for an easy drink to make anytime.

The Essentials

bourbon
lemon juice
honey syrup
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Inspired by homemade peach pie, this cocktail is the next best thing if you don’t have time to bake. Simply muddle peach slices with Angostura bitters and cinnamon syrup, shake it with bourbon and lemon juice, and enjoy!

The Essentials

Bourbon
Cinnamon syrup

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