Every summer about this time I start to feel a little bit of melancholy. It’s probably just the summertime blues. Don’t get me wrong. I love summer, but as I lounge by the pool sipping something light and fruity I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Some important part of my life that’s either been misplaced or somehow forgotten. But what could that something be I wonder as I lazily swirl the pisco in my punch or rumble the rocks in my rum-filled tumbler. That’s when it finally hits me. I miss bourbon! Bourbon in the Summer? Is that an oxymoron?
Well, I intend to find out.
Bourbon is not the first spirit I reach for when I’m craving a lazy poolside cocktail. For some reason, I associate dark spirits like bourbon with cooler weather. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, the Mint Julep is an icy bit of bourbon perfection served in a silver chalice. In many parts of the South, it’s a summertime cocktail dream come true. So I think I’ll update my own wish list to include a summer bourbon cocktail of my own design. I’ll toss in some mint as a nod to the season, but I’ll save the silver chalice for those infamous Derby Days.
Where do I start?
So where do I start? How about with sangria? The sweet-tart combination of sangria’s berries and citrus is something we all associate with summer. That, however, is where the association ends. Wine is nice, but I want a summer bourbon cocktail – and bourbon loves berries. So I’ll pull out my muddle and add a little honey syrup to the mint and berries. I’ll build the summer bourbon cocktail I’m craving.
Now all my summer bourbon cocktail needs is a great name. Hey… how about Summer Bourbon Cocktail? GREG
Even though I associate bourbon with cold times of the year too, this cocktail is a quintessence of summer — fruity, light, refreshing, and bright. Beautiful!
A bourbon peach smash is my summer drink of choice. I am excited to try your Raspberry Bourbon. Sounds delicious.
For us, bourbon is year around! We just turn up the air conditioning in the summer… This is a beautiful cocktail! The color of the cocktail itself is stunning but, with all your backgrounds, everything is absolutely beautiful.
This looks great! We have a huge mint patch out back, and I just made some honey syrup a few days ago for a drink I wanted to make. You’re reminding me that it’s been months since I’ve had bourbon. Definitely the time of year to open a new bottle, I say. Really nice drink — thanks.
Hi Greg, the honey syrup is missing the note!
I do love sangria, but bourbon, not so much! I’d give this a go lounging around a pool any day!
(ps, hope you got the name joke in my previous comment;)).