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There are so many people out there who put away their whiskey once the winter season ends. They switch to gin, vodka, or tequila.  After all, whiskey provides warmth that’s particularly satisfying during the colder months. So this summer if you are hitting the campire and want to know what pairs well with campfire food, try some of these tasty drinks.

But whiskey isn’t a seasonal spirit. In fact, the changing of the seasons during maturation helps craft an exceptional whiskey.

All forms of whiskey: bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish, Canadian, and Japanese, can be enjoyed no matter what the season. They’re not made for cold weather. On its own, or on the rocks, or in a cocktail, it’s a refreshing spirit that can even be enjoyed all summer.

We can even say that whiskey takes on a whole new persona during warmer days. It can fuse with the flavors of different summer fruits like strawberries, oranges, and pineapples. If you don’t know how that would work, then we’ve got you covered.

Here, we’re listing down a few simple cocktails that you can try out during this warm season. Trying to impress your friends or your date? These cocktails are easy to make. You don’t even have to fill your bar with beakers and droppers, or be any sort of professional about it. With just a few ingredients, you can make the best whiskey drinks.

They are also quite refreshing without sacrificing the bold flavors inherent to the spirit. Let’s get started.

5 Summer Drinks That You Can Make With Whiskey

1. Bourbon Vanilla Shake

Let’s start this off with a classic combination of dairy and alcohol. It works as a dessert, it works as a cocktail—you’ll get the best of both worlds! If you know how to control yourself around delicious drinks, then you’ll have no problem with the bourbon vanilla shake. Otherwise, you might have trouble resisting it. Word of caution: do not have too many of these! You might regret it later.

All you need for this guilty pleasure cocktail are 3 ounces of vanilla ice cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1.5 ounces of bourbon.

Simply blend all ingredients until they’re combined. Serve and enjoy!

An extra tip for this cool summer cocktail is that you can actually freeze them into popsicles by using individual popsicle molds. It can help you with portion control, and it looks delightful as a treat.

And for those of you who are trying to get extra adventurous, feel free to switch it up by using other ice cream flavors.

2. Old Fashioned Cocktail

This classic drink is for those who just want to drink a lot of whiskey. It’s a lifesaving cocktail for those who don’t like all the fuss of a complicated mix. All you need is 1 sugar cube, 2 dashes of Angostura orange bitters, and 2 ounces of bourbon. Combine the sugar and bitters in the bottom of a glass and wait until the sugar dissolves. Then fill it with ice, add whiskey, and stir to combine. It’s that simple.

The touch of sugar and bitters simply accent an otherwise plain whiskey on the rocks. It’s the perfect boozy concoction for those who want a summer drink, but don’t want to overdo it. Some drinks don’t have to be taken so seriously. Do it the old fashioned way. Sip this old fashioned cocktail and repeat.

3. Spiked Southern Tea Cocktail

This drink works equally well as a hot or cold beverage—so it’s like coffee, but with more alcohol. For this mixture, all you need are 2 ounces of bourbon, 1 tablespoon of real maple syrup, and 4 ounces of black tea. This is very easy to make: just stir all the ingredients together. It’s up to you whether you’ll add ice or not. But since we’re talking about summer drinks here, we’ll recommend the iced version.

Try mixing it up by adding other whiskies—those are fine to use too. It’s really all about your preference. There are no strict rules, after all. Here we’ve chosen bourbon because it mixes well with the maple syrup. Feel free to experiment.

4. Irish Coffee: Coffee-Whiskey-Cream

And speaking of “coffee but with more alcohol,” here’s an actual cocktail for the coffee lovers out there (which many people are). This mix is simply whiskey-spiked coffee. It’s the perfect drink for the true morning people. The hardworking citizens that need to wake up early and have gotten so used to drinking coffee they can’t imagine going a day without at least three mugs.

This cocktail harnesses that energy and turns it into an enjoyable summer drink. It only requires 2.5 ounces of coffee, 1.5 ounces of whiskey, and ½ ounce of cream. Take your trusty mug, combine all the ingredients, and stir gently.

Let the whiskey calm you while the coffee invigorates you. You can try adding ice if you want to make it cooler. You can try Irish whiskey for this one, but other types are fine.

5. Manhattan Cocktail

This one is another classic cocktail recipe. It relies on sweet red vermouth and bitters to complement the rye whiskey. For this mix you only need 2 ounces of rye whiskey, ¾ ounce of sweet red vermouth, and 2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters.

Stir all ingredients until chilled, strain, and then serve straight up. You can change up the base spirit to your whiskey of choice, let’s say bourbon, for example. Also try different sweet red vermouths. You can adjust the recipe based on your desired sweetness level. Just keep the Angostura bitters because it provides a unique flavor profile that you must try with whiskey.

Other Drinks You Should Try

We’ve given you five recommendations for summer drinks that you can make with whiskey. But in case these weren’t enough, here are a few other drinks you should try out when you’re done with the ones listed above. Summer lasts a long time, after all.

Whiskey Lemonade

This cocktail takes the classic lemonade and gives it a bit of a twist. Also known as a Whiskey Sour, it’s a summer drink that hits all the right flavors: sweet, tart, and boozy.

You’ll need 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 2 ounces of whiskey, 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, some ice, and a bit of grated lemon zest. For the syrup you can try honey or agave as substitute. Just shake all the ingredients with ice until chilled, strain, and serve straight up.

You’ll notice that it’s part sweet, part sour, and part spirit. Any whiskey will do if you want to achieve this effect.

Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are great for sick people. But you can also try them when you’re feeling alright. They might even taste better. It’s a delicious hot beverage—with a kick. You’ll need ¼ lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 2 ounces of whiskey.

Squeeze the lemon wedge into a mug, and leave it in the bottom. Add the honey and whiskey, then top with hot water. We recommend American, Canadian, Scotch, and Irish whiskey for this mixture.

Ginger Highball

We’ve talked about classic cocktails, but this one has been around since the early 20th century—and it wasn’t just “around”, it was popular among the Brits. This combines 2 ounces of whiskey, 2 to 3 ounces of ginger ale, and 3 lemon slices. For this cocktail, you can try any whiskey, and it would taste really good. It’s a lemony drink that’s well suited to a casual weeknight, especially during the summer.

It’s also very easy to make. Just layer ice and lemon slices in a tall glass—get creative with the presentation, and then pour in the whiskey before topping with ginger ale.

Delorean Door Fishbowl

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We saved this one for last because it’s more of a punch than a solo drink. So here we’re thinking of summer parties, which we’re sure you’ll have. You can invite some of your friends over and impress them with this Delorean Door Fishbowl. Just make sure you practice making it first.

It’s a big batch drink that’s made with black tea bourbon, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, and honey syrup. You need 8 ounces of black tea bourbon, 1 ounce of honey syrup, 3 ounces of strawberry syrup, 3 ounces of lemon juice, and .5 oz Peychaud’s bitters. You can also prepare strawberry halves and lemon wheels for garnish, but this last one is optional.

Just add the ingredients into a nice, clean fishbowl (for presentation) and combine. Add ice, and garnish with strawberry halves and lemon wheels to make it extra presentable. Your friends will be impressed by this alone—wait until they get a taste.

The black tea-infused bourbon will offset the fruity sweetness of the other ingredients, providing a unique yet perfectly balanced flavor. The Peychaud’s bitters will serve as the secret ingredient here.

Whiskey in the Summer?

Whiskey isn’t just a seasonal indulgence. There’s nothing stopping you from enjoying it every once in a while, even when it’s not cold outside. There are many cocktails you can try, and many ways to enjoy whiskey. Summer drinking is all about the adventure.