Top 6 Summer Whiskey Cocktails

Keep cool this summer with these refreshing whiskey cocktails.

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by brad neathery / may 9, 2019

As the rainy cool of the Spring begins to fade away and the swimsuits begin to emerge, historically, this is the time when whiskey would be replaced with the clear spirits, but the times are changing. Over the past couple years, more and more people are keeping their whiskey in the front of the cabinet all year long, and are in search of new & creative cocktails that can be delightfully refreshing all summer long.

We’ve taken the guesswork out of wasting good whiskey on bad cocktails, and have put together a list of six of our favorite cocktails that we’re making this summer in the office and by the pool.

Enjoy without excess™.


01. Caribbean Old Fashioned

Rye Old Fashioned

A classic with a Caribbean twist. The Caribbean Old Fashioned made with Oak & Eden’s Rye & Rumba takes all the favorite bold, sweet, and deep elements of the traditional Old Fashioned, but introduces notes of panela, coconut, and molasses due to the Caribbean Rum infusion on the Oak & Eden spire in our small batch Rye & Rumba whiskey.


2 oz Oak & Eden Rye & Rumba

1 oz agave nectar

1-2 dashes of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters

1 Cocktail Cherry

1 orange peel slice


1. Muddle the bitters, simple syrup, and orange rind.

2. Remove the orange rind, add the Rye & Rumba and add ice.

3. Garnish with a fresh orange slice and cherry.


02. Whiskey Sour

Oak & Eden Whiskey Sour

Sweet, sour, creamy, smooth – this drink is made for summertime. The Whiskey Sour is an iconic cocktail to make for pool parties, picnics, and backyards barbecues. Don’t let the egg white scare you off – it only adds a creaminess that enhances the texture, but doesn’t effect the flavor whatsoever.


2 oz Oak & Eden Bourbon Whiskey

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice 

1 pasteurized egg white

1 oz simple syrup

1 Maraschino cherry


1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the egg white and shake briefly to aerate the whites.

2. Add the whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice and shake well.

3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.

4. Garnish with a cherry and serve immediately.


03. Rye Screwdriver

Oak & Eden Rye Screwdriver

Traditionally made with vodka, the Screwdriver is a wild, refreshing drink, exploding with flavors across the entire palate. Replace vodka with Oak & Eden Rye Whiskey and you’ve got yourself a bright spice to complement the tang of the orange and the ginger liqueur. Makes for a great addition to any adult brunch.


1.5 oz Oak & Eden Rye Whiskey

1.5 oz fresh squeezed orange juice

1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

1 orange wheel garnish


1. Combine the whiskey, orange juice and ginger liqueur in a cocktail shaker.

2. Fill with ice and shake until chilled.

3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.


04. Gold Rush

Oak & Eden Gold Rush

Simple and mess-free, the Gold Rush is a sweet, refreshing cocktail to whip up in a moment’s notice. Easy way to impress guests without having to get out all the equipment. This cocktail is a honeyed twist on the previously listed whiskey sour. The honey adds a drinkable sweetness and helps to offset the tang from the lemon juice.


2 oz Oak & Eden Bourbon

1 oz honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)

3⁄4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice


1. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.

2. Strain into a chilled rocks glass with one large ice cube.


05. Mint Julep

Oak & Eden Mint Julep

Known to be the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is the inaugural beverage for the beginning of warm months ahead. With the addition of seltzer water and mint, this drink is almost guaranteed to be a fan favorite while enjoying a warm breeze on the back patio after a hearty meal.


2.5 oz Oak & Eden Bourbon

10 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish

1.5 teaspoons superfine sugar

Seltzer water

Crushed ice


1. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of an Old-Fashioned glass and top with the sugar.

2. Muddle these together until the leaves begin to break down.

3. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice, and add the bourbon.

4. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir, and garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.


06. Garden of Eden

Oak & Eden Garden of Eden

Packed full of spice and flavor, the Garden of Eden is a mysterious melody of flavors and nuances, both refreshing and exhilarating. Made with Rye whiskey, this cocktail is delightfully playful and will undoubtedly call for seconds.


2 oz Oak & Eden Rye Whiskey 

.5 oz orange bitters

.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

.5 oz ginger simple syrup

Lemon twist (for serving)


1. Combine Rye whiskey, bitters, lemon juice, and ginger simple syrup in a cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice.

2. Shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a coupe glass or a rocks glass filled with ice.

4. Garnish with lemon twist.



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