|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||16%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Refreshing, easy, and a great way to enjoy whiskey on warm days, the summer breeze has it all. This recipe comes from Maker's Mark, and the bourbon is a wonderful background for the sparkling citrus cocktail.
While this drink may look like the average whiskey highball, it has a couple of twists that make it interesting. It all begins by muddling fresh orange with Cointreau, the premium orange liqueur that's so useful in the bar. Once the citrus mix is done, it's topped off with bourbon and ginger ale. Share it with friends at your next barbecue or just sit back and enjoy it on the patio.
Gather the ingredients.
Add equal parts of bourbon and ginger ale.
Fill the glass with ice and serve.
Serve and enjoy!
- Make this drink taller by building it in a highball glass. In this case, pouring equal parts of bourbon and soda would be too much whiskey. Instead, try it with at least 4 ounces of ginger ale and extra ice.
- Switch to another light soda. Lemon-lime sodas will ramp up the citrus, while club soda creates a drink that's not quite as sweet. Tonic water is an excellent choice as well and makes a nice alternative for dinner.
- Pour a different whiskey if you prefer. Maker's Mark tends to fall on the sweeter, softer side of the bourbon spectrum. This recipe can stand up to a robust bourbon, and even a spicy rye whiskey.
How Strong Is a Summer Breeze?
The great thing about whiskey-soda drinks is that you can make them as strong as you like. If you're looking for a casual happy hour drink, add a little more soda. When you want the bourbon to take center stage, back off a bit on the ginger ale.
In either scenario, the summer breeze has an alcohol content that's average for mixed drinks. When made according to the recipe in a rocks glass, it's pretty strong at about 19 percent ABV (38 proof). The highball version with twice the soda is more like a glass of wine, at 13 percent ABV (26 proof). That extra soda does make a difference, and it's nice to know that you can easily customize it to fit your mood.