Just like we move turtleneck sweaters to the back of the closet, it's time we retire liquor and bring on clear spirits, fruit juices, and crushed ice. The hot season demands refreshing drinks, alcoholic or not, served in tall, frosted glasses.
Here are some signature summer cocktails from Jack Daniel's to try out:
1 1/2 parts Jack Daniel's Single Barrel 4 parts water, divided in half 2 spoonfuls of sugar 4 black tea bags 1 part fresh mint leaves Juice of 1/2 a lemon Juice of 1/2 a lime Mint sprig
In a saucepan, boil 2 parts of water with the sugar. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 8 minutes, then discard bags. Add the remaining cups of water. Transfer to a pitcher and chill. Add mint and crush with a wooden spoon until fragrant. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.
THE TENNESSEE BREEZE
2 parts Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey 1 part cranberry juice 1 part orange juice 1 spritz of tonic water 2 parts ice
In a blender, combine ice, juices and Tennessee Honey. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Pour contents into chilled rocks glass, top off with chilled tonic water and enjoy.
SWEET TEA SMASH
1 part Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack 1 1/2 parts unsweetened iced tea 1 part cane syrup 3 lemon wedges 6 mint leaves
Add 4 mint leaves and two lemon wedges to the tea and steep for 15 minutes. Muddle the remaining mint leaves, lemon wedges and cane syrup in the whiskey. Add ice, and shake well. Pour into glass and top off with tea. Garnish with lemon wedge.
1 part Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 2 to 3 parts ginger beer Lime wedge
3 ice cubes
Mint to rub into the glass Mint garnish
Squeeze then place lime wedge into a copper Mule mug or Collins glass. Add ice cubes. Pour in Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey and fill with chilled ginger beer. Stir well, garnish with mint and enjoy.
JACK HONEY LEMONADE
1 part Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey 3 parts lemonade
Combine ingredients in a tall glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.
WOODFORD RESERVE MINT JULEP
2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon 1 tbsp Sugar
3 Fresh Mint Leaves Crushed Ice 1 oz Water
Muddle 3 mint sprigs, sugar and water in the bottom of a julep cup. Fill glass with crushed ice, add bourbon and stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint leaves.