Whiskey may seem like a liquor that only old men sitting by a fireplace can drink, but there are ways to drink it that appeal to everyone, especially during the summer. If you’re looking to switch it up from vodka or Malibu, try these fresh summertime cocktail recipes.

Fresh Whiskey Sour

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:4
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Step 1

To make simple syrup, pour sugar and water into a pot. Heat over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.

Photo by Melissa Wiese
Photo by Melissa Wiese

Step 2

Pour lemon and lime juice into a pitcher.

Step 3

Add the whiskey and simple syrup, and stir.

Step 4

Chill beverage.

Step 5

Pour over ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

New York Cocktail

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grenadine
  • 1 cup ice

Step 1

Fill a shaker with ice. Add rye, lime juice, sugar and grenadine.

Step 2

Cover and shake for about 10-15 seconds.

Step 3

Strain into a glass and garnish with citrus peel.

Mint Julep

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 10 mint leaves

Step 1

Mash the mint and simple syrup in a glass.

Step 2

Add ice and bourbon. Stir.

Step 3

Garnish with mint.