Refreshing Whisky Cocktails to try this Summer

When you’re asked to think about whisky you usually picture yourself sitting by the crackling fire in a comfortable armchair, sipping on your favourite dram on a brisk winter’s evening. However, whisky isn’t just for the cooler months, it’s also refreshing and thirst-quenching on a warm summers day. Single Malt Whisky makes for the perfect ingredient in your next summer cocktail, with flavours to suit everyone’s taste buds. 

The misconception that wood-aged spirits should be consumed in winter is a direct result of the commonly known warm finish that whisky leaves, but at Callington Mill, we say you can drink your whisky however and whenever you enjoy it the most. Here are a few recommendations for Summer whisky drinking; 

Diluting your dram with a few large ice cubes is a fantastic way to refresh your drink this Summer. This is particularly suited for whiskies with a higher ABV. Another recommendation is to experiment with new whiskies, like the Callington Mill Leap of Faith series where you will find a range of double and triple distilled Single Malt Whiskies to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Here are our favourite refreshing whisky cocktails for your summer. Enjoy them at a weekend BBQ with friends or poolside with your favourite novel. 

The Rattlesnake

This well-balanced fruity cocktail is perfect on a warm summer afternoon. Invite your friends over to share this delightful cocktail, as this recipe serves 4. The Rattlesnake encompasses the timeless notes of orange peel that lead into the lemon palate of Callington Mill’s Single Malt Whisky, Symmetry. The perfect axis of uniformity and balance. Give this summer whisky cocktail a try.

Ingredients
 - 4 eggs whites
 - ½ cup boiling water
 - ½ cup caster sugar
 - 180ml of Callington Mill Single Malt Whisky, Symmetry
 - 120ml lemon juice - Dash of bitters (for serving)

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Step 1 - Chill coupe glasses in the freezer. Combine the boiling water and caster sugar to make simple syrup. Stir the mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. Leave the simple syrup to cool for approximately 1 hour.

Step 2 - For each cocktail combine 1 egg white, 30ml of simple syrup, 45ml whisky and 30ml lemon juice into a cocktail shaker. Forcefully shake, without ice, until the mixture is frothy.

 Step 3 - Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for approximately 30 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker is frosty.

Step 4  - Strain the cocktail through a fine-mesh sieve into the coupe and serve with a dash of bitters on top.

Whisky Sour

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This whisky sour is a bright and zesty cocktail that will leave you refreshed and wanting more. Encompassing notes of citrus and sweet honey, this recipe pairs perfectly with Callington Mill’s Single Malt Whisky, Apera Fusion. Here is what you’ll need for one serving.

Ingredients
- 60ml Callington Mill Single Malt Whisky, Apera Fusion
- 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice - 30ml simply syrup
- 1/2 an orange wheel for serving
- 1 Maraschino cherry for serving

Step 1 - Combine the lemon juice, whisky and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.

 Step 2 - Fill the shaker with ice and shake for approximately 30 seconds, or until the shaker becomes frosty.

 Step 3  - Strain cocktail into a lowball filled with ice and garnish with cherry and orange wheel.

Strawberry Whisky Lemonade

If you are having friends over for a weekend pool party and are after a beverage everyone will love, this is the perfect cocktail for you. This refreshing yet simple summer cocktail suits a sweeter palate and perfectly ties into Callington Mill’s Emulsion Single Malt Whisky. The light and silky palate combined of strawberries and peaches, makes this bright and vibrant whisky emerge within the cocktail.

Strawberry Syrup Ingredients
 - 1 cup of cup strawberries
 - ½ cup of sugar
 - ¼ cup of water

 Cocktail Ingredients
 - ⅓ cup of strawberry syrup
 - 60ml Callington Mill Emulsion Single Malt Whisky
 - 30ml lemon juice
 - Fresh cust strawberries and lemon slices for garnish

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Strawberry Syrup

Step 1 - Over a saucepan on low heat combine the strawberries, sugar, water and stir.

 Step 2 - Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until strawberries are soft and sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool for 10-15 minutes.

 Step 3 - Strain syrup into a bowl through a mesh strainer.

Cocktail
Step 1 - Combine strawberry syrup, whisky and lemon juice into a shaker.

 Step 2 - Add ice and shake for 30 seconds or until the shaker becomes frosty.

 Step 3 - Pour whisky lemonade over ice into a lowball glass. Garnish with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

Give our summer whisky cocktails a try and let us know how magnificent they taste. Feel free to put your own unique twist on our favourite whisky cocktails for your summer.

The Leap of Faith series is so refreshing, you don’t have to mix them into a cocktail to appreciate the flavourful notes. Each Single Malt Whisky is refreshing enough to enjoy on its own, however you prefer your dram.