Mmm. Bourbon. Bourbon is definitely one of my favourite spirits and Karlynn is a huge fan so when asked to make a cocktail to enjoy on our desk over the summer, I chose a Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade.
We're recently started growing our own “cocktail garden” and filled it with fresh mint, basil and other herbs that we use frequently so coming up with a cocktail that made use of our abundance of mint was key. I also like to keep fresh lemons, limes and oranges in the house given how often I am whipping up cocktails for my Instagram feed so making use of those seemed like a good idea as well.
Sparkling Honey Bourbon Lemonade ????! I made this last weekend as a drink for Karlynn and I so we could enjoy our deck with a cocktail. It's very good. Recipe below: 3/4 cup of simple syrup (1:1 sugar water mix) 1 cup fresh lemon juice (4 lemons squeezed) 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (1 orange squeezed) 1 cup of Bourbon (your preference) One full orange sliced One full lemon sliced 10-12 mint leaves Combine everything, pour over ice in glasses. Enjoy responsibly! #mrmagpiesbarcart
Apparently everyone there liked it too as it's gained quite a few likes. This cocktail also requires simple syrup, if you aren't familiar with how to make it, it's quite simple. You can choose to use our Honey Simple Syrup recipe here: How To Make Mint Honey Simple Syrup or just combine 1 cup of white sugar with 1 cup of water and heat on the stove, stirring until dissolved. Then add to a container and cool until you need it. That's it.
When it comes to lemon and orange juice, it's always better if you squeeze it yourself so I'd recommend using a juicer like this one, which we use:
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Also, if you don't have your own mint in your garden like we do, you can pick up fresh mint from your local grocery store easily. If you are making a pitcher, you'll need either a few cans of club soda or a bottle of it as well.
Now that you have everything in order, you are ready to get started!
I hope you like this as much as we do. It's a great deck cocktail for those hot summer days!
- These measurements are for a pitcher scale down accordingly if you are making a single cocktail.
- 3/4 cup of simple syrup
- 1 cup of fresh lemon juice 4 squeezed lemons
- 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice 1 squeezed orange
- 1 cup of Bourbon
- One full orange sliced for garnish
- One full lemon sliced for garnish
- 10-12 mint leaves
To start, muddle your mint leaves in an ounce or two of Bourbon to get the oils going and to enhance the taste and add to your pitcher.
Add Bourbon, lemon juice and orange juice to the pitcher and stir.
Add orange and lemon slices for garnish.
Top off with club soda and stir lightly (so that you don't make your club soda flat)
Pour into glasses and enjoy!