11 Summer Whiskey Cocktails to Cool You Off

Just because its hot outside doesn’t mean you have to put your whiskey or bourbon on the back bar. These easy and fun cocktails are the perfect drink to enjoy poolside, at a picnic or summer bbq.

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Nutty Hawaiian

When you think of tropical drinks, rum is probably the first spirit that comes to mind but this island-inspired drink took a side trip through the South. Southern Comfort combines with coconut rum to create a truly unique summer cocktail.

Also check out these modern Hawaiian cookbooks we love.

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Strawberry Whiskey Lemonade

When summer hits and strawberries are at their freshest is the best time to make this refreshing sipper from Jessie Johnson, founder of Life As A Strawberry. You’ll be amazed at how well strawberries and whiskey go together.

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Bourbon Slush

Bourbon slush doesn’t have to be reserved just for the holidays. This icy drink is perfect for cooling down on those hot summer afternoons. Plus, you can have them already made and stored in the freezer so you don’t have to be mixing drinks when guests arrive.

If you like this, don’t forget to try our best bourbon cocktails.

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Rosemary and Honey Whiskey Cocktail

Who doesn’t love a good Old Fashioned cocktail? Erik, from Dude That Cookz took a classic and reimagined it using fresh rosemary and honey that certainly blew us away. One sip and this may be the only way you have an Old Fashioned from now on.

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Kentucky Lemonade

Mint and bourbon give this drink a bit of a Kentucky kick. Ginger ale turns it a fizzy party punch but swap in ginger beer for an even stronger ginger kick.
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Spiked Peach Sweet Tea

Except maybe for Dolly Parton, there’s probably nothing more Southern than whiskey, peaches and sweet tea. Blogger Julie Blanner combined all three into one exceptional summertime beverage.

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Belmont Breeze

Inspired by the iconic cocktail of horse racing’s Belmont Stakes, this summer sipper is juicy but not too sweet. You can bet this flavorful refresher is the perfect drink for whiskey lovers to sip on a hot day.
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Ginger Mint Julep

Mint juleps aren’t just for Kentucky Derby day! Enjoy one while gathering with friends for baby shower or luncheon but be warned, they do pack quite the punch so pace yourself!
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You can never go wrong with a classic. A Manhattan can be served straight up in a chilled cocktail glass, over ice in a rocks glass or even pureed in a blender with crushed ice.
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Gold Rush

While fresh lemon juice is the key to this classic cocktail, it’s not the only thing going on here. The subtle sweetness from honey liqueur rounds out this drink making it perfect for sweet and sour lovers alike.
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Mint Julep

For some, the Kentucky Derby is the start of the summer entertaining season so why not include the classic Derby cocktail in your summer drinks. Simple, elegant and oh so refreshing, it’s a great way to use up all the mint from your garden!

James Schend
Formerly Taste of Home’s Deputy Editor, Culinary, James oversaw the Food Editor team, recipe contests and Bakeable, and managed all food content for Trusted Media Brands. He has also worked in the kitchen of Williams-Sonoma and at Southern Living. An honor graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, James has traveled the world searching for great food in all corners of life.