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Drinks on Chill

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The weekend is here! It’s time to unwind, chill with your girls, and slip in a party or two. So, what’s in your cup? We’re not saying you have to abandon your go-to margarita or vodka cranberry and we’re not asking that you want you avoid your brunch mimosas, bellinis, or sangria. But, if you’re looking to change up your routine and brush up on some classics, we’ve got a few suggestions.

Mint Julep 

Like mojitos? Get in the spirit of the Kentucky Derby and order this whisky, mint, and sugar concoction.

Want to try it at home?

  • .25 oz Raw sugar syrup (one part raw sugar, one part water)
  • 8 Mint leaves
  • 2 oz Bourbon

Garnish: Bitters (optional) and mint sprig

Glass: Julep or rocks

In a Julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint and syrup. Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside. Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a few drops of bitters, if desired, and a mint sprig.

Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet 

On a warm day, a cocktail with cucumber is guaranteed to make you feel super refreshed.

Want to try it at home?

  • 2 Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 (.25-inch) slices Cucumber
  • 1.5 oz Moon Mountain Vodka
  • 1 oz Lemonade
  • .25 oz Lime juice

Garnish: Lime wedge or cucumber wheel

Glass: Rocks

In a shaker, muddle the basil and cucumber. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber wheel.

Old Fashioned 

Want to try it at home?

  • 1 Brown sugar cube
  • .5 tsp White sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
  • .25 oz Cold water
  • 2 oz George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee Whisky or other American whiskey

Garnish: Lemon and orange twists

Glass: Rocks

Add all the ingredients except the whisky to a rocks glass. Add the whisky and a large ice cube. Twist slices of lemon and orange peel over the drink and drop them in.

As days get warmer, what are your favorite cooling cocktails?

All recipes from Liquor.com

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