wine & spirits
The answer is a refreshing yes!
By Romar Nichols
MANY OF US love
whiskey in all of its
forms: bourbon, rye,
Scotch, you name it.
During the cold winter
months, it’s that classic
spirit that warms you up
next to a crackling fire.
But traditionally, as the warm weather arrives
many imbibers move to clear spirits, such as
vodka and gin.
But there’s good news for whiskey lovers.
Creative mixologists—and their loyal like-minded followers—know that whiskey actually works wonderfully in a variety of
refreshing summer cocktails. That means
whiskey advocates can enjoy their favorite
For many mixologists, whiskey is the
king of the cocktail. The grains used to craft
whiskey (corn, rye, wheat, barley, etc.) impart
different characteristics that lend themselves
to certain cocktails, with wonderful results.
For example, rye whiskey has a natural
spiciness that complements sweeter liqueurs
or mixers, creating a balanced yet complex
sipping taste profile. On the other hand, bourbons express a sweet caramel note on the palate due to the high corn content and extended
barrel aging, which is naturally complemented by citrus juices (lemon or lime) in
most cocktails. And many
American whiskeys (e.g.,
bourbons) have higher
proof levels to stand up to the
natural dilution of a cocktail.
I’ve pulled together four
refreshing whiskey cocktail recipes for you to enjoy during the
summer months. Feel free to experiment with other combinations.
You’ll find that whiskey is more than
a winter spirit. C
Romar Nichols is a buyer in Costco’s
wine, spirits and beer department.
The Costco Connection
You can find a variety of fine whiskeys
in Costco warehouses where spirits sales
are allowed. Please drink responsibly.
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½ to 1 cup strawberries, halved or sliced
6 to 8 basil leaves, torn, plus a sprig for garnish
Dash of balsamic vinegar
1½ ounces bourbon
1 fresh lemon wedge
Place the strawberries, basil and balsamic vinegar
in a large glass. Muddle with a large spoon and
top with bourbon. Stir to combine, and ;ll the
glass with ice cubes. Top with sparkling water,
then garnish with lemon wedge and a sprig of
basil. Makes 1 serving.
½ ounce simple syrup
5 cubes fresh watermelon, plus a slice for garnish
4 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish
1¼ ounces bourbon
Muddle simple syrup and watermelon in a mixing
glass. Add mint and press gently to release oils.
Add bourbon and mix with crushed ice. Strain over
crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of watermelon
and fresh mint. Makes 1 serving.
2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 ounce lime juice
Ginger beer, chilled
Lime twist, for garnish
Fill a copper mug (or a glass) with ice. Pour whiskey
and lime juice over the ice, then ;ll glass with ginger
beer. Garnish with lime twist. Makes 1 serving.
2 ounces rye whiskey
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce fresh orange juice
¼ ounce grenadine (to taste)
Splash of sparkling water
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled
glass. Add an ice cube and a splash of sparkling
water. Makes 1 serving.
All recipes courtesy of mixologist Tommy Sieritis.