Summer in New York City – while we all dream about it during the short, dark days of winter, when the heat index sky-rockets to 105, summer isn’t as glamorous as it seemed. Thanks to the unbearable humidity and scorching sun, lately I have felt like I am living in a perpetual sauna. My hair is in a constant state of frizz perched over my sweat drenched skin. It’s the kind of heat that makes you scour the streets for shady trees and coffee shops blasting cool air. Despite the grueling temperature and the desire to sit inside my perfectly chilled apartment, my whiskey itch always wins, sending me out in search of a refreshing beverage…and hopefully a good story or two!
Now I know what many of you are thinking “whiskey?! In 100 degree weather!” The great thing is that whiskey is not just a cold weather tipple. In fact, some of my favorite ways to enjoy the delicious amber liquid are heat wave approved and tested by yours truly!
Whiskey Sour – a simple and delicious cocktail combining whiskey (often bourbon), fresh lemon juice and sugar. The best whiskey sours have a dash of egg white to create a frothy white top on a mountain of ice cubes.
Mint Julep – Often associated with the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep originated in the southern United States. Today mint juleps are made with a variety of different spirits, but my favorite is the old-fashioned version: mint leaves, bourbon, sugar and water. You know you have found a great mint julep when it is served in a silver or pewter cup coated by a chilly frost outside the cup.
Bourbon Cream – On a recent trip to Kentucky I was introduced to Buffalo Trace’s latest addition, Bourbon Cream. The liqueur is a sweet creamy bundle of vanilla and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. We mixed it with root beer for an incredible dessert treat – the perfect end to a hot summer day!