The Best Whiskey Cocktails for Summer

Summertime is upon us and that means it's time for sunshine and spirits! Are you a fan of whisky drinks? Are you interested in finding whiskey drink recipes? Or maybe you're just looking for a new whiskey cocktail to enjoy instead of that boring old whiskey on the rocks? This list is going to provide delicious summer cocktails that are all easy-to-make whiskey drinks.

Despite its late night, rough around the edges reputation, whiskey is just as versatile as any of its booze-y brothers and sisters. During the fall and winter, whiskey can be enjoyed as a warm beverage with notes of cinnamon and apple (can't you imagine sitting by a fire with a blanket already?). But during summer, whiskey kicks off its leather cowboy boots and trades 'em in for a pair of flip flops and a nice summer porch.

Sweet and succulent citrus is an indicator that summer has arrived, and many of these recipes call for citrus. Whether it be a delicious whiskey lemonade or the classic whiskey sour, a splash of ice and a colorful garnish are all you'll need to top off these deliciously refreshing cocktail drinks. 

So get in the spirit of summer! Invite your friends to sip on a delicious whiskey punch while playing bocci ball in your backyard. Don't have a backyard? Enjoy the simple flavor of an old fashioned while sitting at your kitchen table with the windows open on a hot summer night. Whichever whiskey cocktail peeks your interest, just remember to enjoy!


  • Old Fashioned
    Photo: © Erich Wagner ( / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0
    33 VOTES
    2 ounces of bourbon
    Sugar to taste
    Bitters to taste
    Ice cube
    Strip of orange or lemon peel
  • 2
    46 VOTES

    Whiskey Lemonade

    3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
    2 ounces of whiskey
    2 tablespoons of simple syrup
    Small amount of grated lemon zest
  • Whiskey Sour
    Photo: Jgilgamesh / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
    40 VOTES

    One part lemon juice (about .75 ounces)
    One part simple syrup (about .75 ounces)
    Two parts bourbon (about 1.5 ounces)
    Rocks (ice)
    Cherry or lemon slice to garnish

  • 4
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    Bourbon Arnold Palmer With A Twist

    Makes two drinks:

    2 cups of boiling water
    2 tablespoons of loose English Breakfast tea
    1/2 cup of bourbon
    Juice from 1 orange
    Juice from 1 lemon
    2 tablespoons of simple syrup
    Handful of crushed ice for each
    Lemon slice or orange slice for garnish

  • 5
    21 VOTES

    White Whiskey Punch

    2 ounces of white whiskey
    2 ounces of pineapple juice
    1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice
    1 ounce of simple syrup
    Lime wedge for garnish

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    21 VOTES

    Whiskey Sour Punch

    This recipe makes a punch-bowl size of amount of Whiskey Sour Punch.

    3 cups of orange juice
    2 cups of bourbon
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    3 cups of club soda
    1/3 cup of water
    1/3 cup of sugar
    Orange slices of cherries for optional garnish