5 Whisky Cocktails For Summer

With summer heating up, we’re finally at one of the best times of the year – the season of sipping cocktails on the patio! While whisky is known for its ability to warm you up after a few sips, after all, we all love a good Christmas whisky, when mixed into a refreshing cocktail, it can actually be the perfect option during the sunnier months of the year.

So, trade in your Old Fashioned for one of these summertime sips and pour yourself a perfect accompaniment for barbeques and alfresco dining!

Bourbon Sweet Tea

It’s sometimes a little too warm to enjoy a hot beverage in the summer months, so this American twist on our beloved hot brew can act as the perfect way to sate your tea cravings – made all the better with a big splash of whiskey, of course!

You Will Need:

750ml of water
250ml of Bourbon
100g of sugar
2 black tea bags
1 lemon, sliced or in small wedges
½ orange, sliced or in small wedges

To Make: 

  1. Add the water and sugar to a small saucepan and boil, stirring to ensure the sugar dissolves.
  2. Pop the tea bags into a jug and pour the hot sugar water in, leaving the tea to steep for around five minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and add in the slices of lemon and orange to impart some extra flavour into the mix!
  4. Pour the Bourbon in and give the drink a good stir.
  5. Cover the jug and leave to chill until the liquid has cooled down.
  6. Serve over ice, garnished with a slice of lemon, for a refreshing drink.

 Honey Whisky Lemonade

Add a sweet twist to your favourite whisky with this summery special. Perfect for entertaining, this recipe will give you enough syrup to make around ten drinks – if you’re up for a bartending feat!

You Will Need: 

125ml of water
6tbsp of honey
2 sprigs of fresh herbs (basil or mint are best!)
125ml of lemonade per drink
1 shot of whisky per drink
Ice and lemon slices to serve 

To Make:

  1. Add the water and honey to a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and pop in a sprig of herbs, leaving the mixture to simmer for around 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. In each glass, pour a shot of whisky over ice and top off with lemonade.
  5. Stir one teaspoon worth of the honey syrup into the drink and garnish with a slice of lemon, or a couple of herb leaves before serving.

Green Tea Highball

Bringing the tastes of Japan to your glass, this delicious cocktail combines two of the most popular Japanese beverages into one fantastic drink. In Japan, the Highball has become an iconic drink, so adding this traditional flavour to the mix is certainly something worth a try!

You Will Need:

60ml of Japanese whisky
60ml of green tea
30ml of soda water

To Make: 

  1. Brew the green tea and then leave it to cool.
  2. In a tall glass, mix the whisky with 60ml of green tea.
  3. Top the drink off with soda water and serve.

Raspberry Whisky

Add a fresh and fruity twist to your drink with this simple summer whisky recipe! Raspberries are a great summer berry, coming into season in July and August, so you should have your pick of fresh, local fruit!

You Will Need:

45ml of whisky
15ml of raspberry liqueur
120ml of ginger ale
A squeeze of lime juice
Fresh raspberries to garnish

To Make: 

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour over the whisky and raspberry liqueur.
  2. Squeeze in a good dash of lime juice.
  3. Top the drink up with ginger ale.
Serve with a couple of raspberries as garnish.

Cranberry and Orange Cocktail

A simple recipe for a fruity and refreshing sip perfect for a summer’s day!

You Will Need:

90ml of orange juice
30ml of cranberry juice
60ml of whisky
15ml of Cointreau
15ml of simple syrup
60ml ginger beer

To Make: 

  1. Add the whisky, Cointreau, syrup and juices to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake it up for a minute before straining into your glass
  3. Top off the drink with ginger beer to give it a refreshing fizz.
The drink can be served as is, or with a garnish of orange peel, cranberries or a thyme sprig for added flavour!

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Do you have any whisky cocktail recipes you love to sip on in the summer. Why not leave me a comment below with your drink recommendations!



  1. I love a good cocktail in the garden in the afternoon, it is such a summery drink. I will try some of these recipes.

  2. Oh these are fab concoctions. I'm sure whisky lovers will love these.

  3. Whiskey is an acquired taste and sadly I’m not a huge fan, but my dad would love these cocktails. Maybe I’ll need to make one for him x

    1. In a cocktail the taste isn't strong if you mix it with fruit juice or other mixers and top with soda, ginger beer or lemonade.

  4. The cranberry and orange one sounds delicious

  5. Whisky cocktails sound great for the warm days, I'll have to try some of them.

  6. While I’m not generally a whiskey fan, I do love a whiskey cocktail and these all sound amazing and perfect for summer x

    1. I think whisky can be super accessible in a cocktail.

  7. I am intrigued by the Raspberry Whisky and I do love a good cocktail x