When it’s as scorching as it has been here lately the only thing I want to do at 5 o’clock (or earlier) is enjoy a nice cocktail. I’m definitely a huge fan of red wine, and while swirling a scotch definitely has a time and a place, when you need to cool off all you want is a cold refreshing cocktail. This adults-only lemonade is the perfect combination of summer citrus and subtle sweetness of the honey blended with the slight vanilla notes of Cutty Sark make it a definite crowd pleaser. It will transport you to a cushioned lounge chair on a big wraparound porch somewhere in the south while the crooning of Ella Fitzgerald can be heard gently playing. You sip and savor. Maybe that’s just what the drink did for me, but try it for yourself and see where you taken to. The best part of this cocktail is that you can easily customize it to your personal taste and to whatever you happen to have on hand. Love ginger? Replace the honey with a ginger infused simple syrup. Or try muddling the berries to make a berry lemonade. Whatever you love, this simple scotch lemonade is the perfect base but can also be enjoyed as is. Take it for a test drive and let me know what you think!
2 oz. Cutty Sark or light-bodied blended scotch
1 oz. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. Honey
Ginger Beer (to taste)
Handful of berries
Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice. Add Cutty Sark, lemon juice, and honey and stir. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh berries. Enjoy, preferably while on a shaded front porch.
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