Bourbon in the Summer

Bourbon isn’t the most approachable summer drink. Even though it is known to heat things up in some of the best cocktails, most summer libations neglect this spirit. Here is a refreshing variation on the classic Manhattan using Eastside Distilling‘s Burnside Bourbon. Many bourbons are suitable for this but this gives the drink a lighter and spicy finish.


Burnside Bourbon, photo from Eastside Distilling


Mandarin Manhattan
(makes 4 cocktails)
Juice of 4 mandarins
1 ½ ounce of Burnside Bourbon
1 ½ ounce of sweet vermouth
4 dashes Angostura bitters

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the liquor, bitters, and juice. Shake for fifteen seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses and serve.
Garnish with a fresh cherry or mandarin peel.

The Mandarin Manhattan

*If you want to make this into a punch, add 3 cups of club soda and triple the amount for each ingredient.