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Cocktail Time – 3 American Whiskey cocktails to beat the summer

Fruit & Mint Julep

This is for those who definitely want to taste their whiskey along with everything else. A twist on the official mint julep served at the Kentucky Derby, the fresh fruit makes it delightfully refreshing.

Glass: Old Fashioned


  • 45ml Bourbon or Tennessee
  • 2 slices orange
  • 4 fresh strawberries or 15ml strawberry puree*
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (when using only fresh fruit)
  • 10 mint leaves

Garnish: Mint sprig/fresh seasonal fruit

Seasonal Fruit & Mint Julep
Seasonal Fruit & Mint Julep


  • Muddle sugar in glass to crush
  • Add mint leaves, fruit slices (or puree) and muddle with sugar
  • Fill glass with crushed ice
  • Pour in the whiskey and stir
  • Taste to adjust sweetness
  • Top with more crushed ice
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint

*Change fruits seasonally – use semi ripe mango, peaches, plums, pineapple as they come along in place of strawberry

Fred & Ginger

Such a cool summer refresher this. Very simple yet completely delicious with juicy orange and just a hint of ginger to lift it.

Glass: Long Drink


  • 45ml Bourbon
  • 100ml orange juice
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • Ginger ale to top

Garnish: slice of orange

Fred & Ginger
Fred & Ginger


  • Fill glass with ice
  • Pour in the bourbon and orange juice
  • Squeeze in wedge of lime & stir
  • Top with ginger ale
  • Garnish with a slice of orange

Summer Freeze

The perfect way to beat the blistering sun – this beautifully peachy slush spiked with fresh green mint and edgy Bourbon or Tennessee.

Glass: Margarita glass/Bavaria Glass


  • 45ml Bourbon or Tennessee
  • 45ml Manama peach-apricot crush
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 3-4 mint leaves

Garnish: mint sprig

Summer Freeze
Summer Freeze


  • Rim half the glass with salt
  • Fill the shaker half with crushed ice
  • Add all the ingredients and blend it until it becomes slushy
  • Pour it into salt rimmed glass
  • Garnish

By Shatbhi Basu