Beyond the Sour: 5 Best Whiskey Cocktails for Summer

With its leggy texture and dark, intense tasting notes, whiskey often seems best savored neat, in front of an open fire in the middle of raging snowstorm. Well, if I waited for such a scenario in Houston, I would never imbibe this delightful spirit. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy whiskey during the steamier months that don't just involve mixing it with ice cubes and store-bought sour mix (not that I'm judging). Here are five cool whiskey cocktails for summer:

5. Manhattan. This classic cocktail has experienced renewed popularity thanks to Mad Men. Its mellow, slightly sweet, sophisticated flavors make it perfect for balmy evenings. Any whiskey is fine for a Manhattan, though purists will tell you that rye is ideal.

4. Scottish Orange Buck. For a bolder version of the traditional Orange Buck, swap gin for whisky. Remember to use Scottish spirits for the true tartan taste. I suggest Laphroaig Cask Strength for truly epic summer nights.

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Joanna O'Leary