5 Bourbon Cocktail Recipes for Summer Sippin'

Sparkling Mint Julep
The mint julep has medicinal roots. Since the 1700s, mint and other medicinal herbs have been prescribed to improve digestive system function. This medicine was often mixed into sweetened liquids to help it go down easier. In our opinion, this mint julep goes down a little too easily.

Ingredients:
0.5 oz simple syrup
4-5 mint leaves
2 oz Weed Bourbon
1.5 oz Weed Prosecco
1 mint sprig to garnish
Crushed ice

Directions:
Pour the simple syrup and Weed Bourbon into a shaker. Add in the mint leaves, mashing them gently with a muddler, and shake your mixture. Strain it into a flute filled with finely crushed ice. Top it with Weed Prosecco and garnish your creation with a mint sprig.


Tip: This cocktail has very few ingredients, so using the perfect bourbon is crucial. The notes of clove and black pepper in Weed Bourbon will complement the minty quality of this drink.

Green Tea Bourbon
Unlike the black tea leaves we generally use, green tea leaves are minimally or not at all fermented, which means that green tea drinkers can benefit from the leaves’ natural nutrients.
 
Ingredients:
1.25 cups water
1 green tea bag
0.5 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1.5 oz Weed Bourbon
1 lemon slice
 
Directions:
Bring the water to a boil and combine it with a green tea bag in a large mug. Leave the tea bag to steep for 2 minutes before removing it. Stir in the honey, and then add the lemon juice and bourbon. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


Tip: Like your tea on the stronger side? Let your tea bag steep up to 6 minutes before removing it.

Bamboo Sundown
The original bamboo cocktail was the brainchild of Louis Eppinger, who managed Yokohama, Japan’s Grand Hotel in the 1890s.
 
Ingredients:
1.5 oz Oloroso Sherry
1 teaspoon Angostura orange bitters
1.5 oz Weed Bourbon
1 lemon twist
Ice cubes
 
Directions:
Gather the Sherry, orange bitters, and ice in a glass. Stir until chilled, and strain into a coupe glass. Slice a lemon twist and rub the lemon oils against the rim of the glass before serving.


Tip: Make sure the Sherry you utilize is fresh – Sherry has a shelf life of about 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Pineapple Sweet Tea
Unlike today's sweet tea recipes, the first sweet tea recipes in recorded history used green tea. It was only when green tea exports slowed during World War 2 that Americans looked to British India for black tea, which is now commonly used for sweet tea production. 

Ingredients:
1 cup sweet tea
0.25 cups pineapple juice with chunks
1.5 oz Weed Bourbon
1 half-wheel of pineapple
Ice cubes
 
Directions:
In a shaker, stir the pineapple juice with chunks into the sweet tea. Pour the blend into a glass with ice and top with bourbon. Garnish with a half-wheel of pineapple.

Tip: Go with stainless steel cocktail glasses if you have them on hand. It helps to keep this refreshing drink chilled and slow the melting of the ice.

Peach Smash
A “smash” generally combines fresh, seasonal fruit with ice and a spirit base. Smash cocktails recipes are generally flexible; you may substitute the fruit that a recipe calls for with other fruit. It’s the perfect recipe to attempt for an aspiring mixologist.
 
Ingredients:
1.5 oz peach nectar
3-4 mint leaves
0.25 oz peach schnapps
1 oz Weed Bourbon
0.25 oz club soda
1 peach slice
Crushed ice
 
Directions:
Combine the peach nectar, mint leaves, and peach schnapps in a shaker. Mash the mint gently with a muddler. Add ice and bourbon, and shake until chilled. Strain this mixture into a coupe glass with crushed ice and top it off with club soda. Garnish with a peach slice to serve.


Tip: To make your own crushed ice at home, place ice cubes from your ice cube trays into a blender. Choose the “pulse” button to blend the ice until the pieces are around 0.5 inches in diameter.

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