Summer Bourbon Cocktails

Perfect for summer entertaining, here are 7 easy and refreshing cocktail recipes made with bourbon.

Summer Bourbon Cocktails
1. Wild Turkey Mint Tea

4 cups water
4 black tea bags
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1-1/2 cups Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Juice from 1/2 lime

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat; add the tea bags. Steep 8 minutes; discard teabags. Add 2 cups cold water. Transfer to pitcher and chill. Add fresh mint leaves, lemon juice and lime juice. Using a wooden spoon, crush the mint to release the flavors. Stir in Wild Turkey Bourbon. Serve over ice. Makes one pitcher.


2. The Whiskey Sour 101

1-1/2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce honey
1 fresh cherry
1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey
Dollop of egg white

Slice cherry 5 times vertically around the pit and soak in the Wild Turkey American Honey.

Combine the bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Froth egg white and add a dollop to the mixture. Shake, serve over ice and garnish with the soaked cherry.


3. Wild Turkey Sparkling Tea

4 cups water
8 red herbal tea bags (such as Celestial Seasonings Lemon or Red Zinger)
2 cups Wild Turkey American Honey
Splash of club soda
Juice of one lemon
Cherries for garnish

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat. Add tea bags. Steep 10 minutes; discard tea bags. Add 2 cups cold water to tea. Stir in Wild Turkey American Honey. Transfer to pitcher and chill. Just before serving, add lemon juice and a splash of club soda for a touch of refreshing fizz. Serve over ice. Makes one pitcher.


4. Take Me Out to the Ballgame

2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1 ounce Frangelico
1 ounce Amaretto
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of salt
4 ounces soda water
Handful of Cracker Jack, finely crushed

Rub half a lemon around the rim of a glass and coat with crushed Cracker Jacks. Combine Wild Turkey, Frangelico, Amaretto, lemon juice and salt in a shaker. Strain into an ice-filled glass and top with soda water.


5. The Old Fashioned 101

1-1/3 ounce Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1/2 ounce apple cider
3 sage leaves
1 pinch of saffron
1 tsp brown sugar
2 orange twists
1 tsp orange zest
1 fresh cherry
1 ounce Amaretto

Slice cherry 5 times vertically around the pit, and soak in the Amaretto.

Muddle cider, sage, saffron, brown sugar, orange twists and zest together in glass. Add Wild Turkey Bourbon and stir. Strain and serve over ice, garnish with Amaretto-soaked cherry.


6. The LiberTea

4 cups water
4 cups lemonade
4 black tea bags
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1-1/2 cups Wild Turkey American Honey

In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat; add the tea bags. Steep for 8 minutes and discard tea bags. Add 2 cups of cold water and the lemonade; transfer to pitcher and chill. Add fresh basil leaves and crush them with a wooden spoon to release the flavor. Stir in Wild Turkey Bourbon and American Honey. Serve over ice. Makes one pitcher.


7. Summer Solstice

3 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey
6 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 sprig fresh rosemary

Combine the American Honey, grapefruit juice and bitters in a tumbler with ice and stir. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.


Wild Turkey American Honey:
A proprietary blend of premium bourbon whiskey and pure honey, American Honey is a smooth liqueur with flavors of caramel, orange and of course, honey. Keep chilled and serve neat, mixed or on the rocks. Alcohol by Volume: 35.5%

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon:
Wild Turkey 101 is a blend of 6-, 7-, and 8-year-old bourbons. It has bold flavors of vanilla and caramel as well as notes of brown sugar and honey. Enjoy neat, on the rocks or in well-crafted cocktails. Alcohol by Volume: 50.5%


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