3 Bourbon Cocktails Best Enjoyed Outdoors
3 Bourbon Cocktails Best Enjoyed Outdoors

With spring comes the return of patio weather — and the need for bourbon cocktails that fuel your outdoor adventures.

Bourbon-Amaro Highball
1.25 ounces Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
.75 ounce amaro
Sparkling mineral water
Orange twist, for garnish

Add bourbon and amaro to a highball glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling water. Give a quick stir and garnish with an orange twist.

Optional: For a bourbon amaro spritz, add diced strawberries and top with half sparkling water and half sparkling wine. This can also be served as a punch.

Elderflower Smash
1.5 ounces Rebel Yell Straight Rye Whiskey
.5 ounce elderflower liqueur
1 ounce lemonade
Sprigs of mint
Sparkling mineral water
Lemon wheel, for garnish

Add rye, elderflower liqueur, lemonade, and a few mint leaves to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.

For a sweeter cocktail, add a bit more elderflower liqueur.

Spring Manhattan
1.5 ounces Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
.75 ounce Lillet Blanc
.25 ounce peach liqueur
2 dashes of aromatic bitters
Bar spoon of maraschino cherry liqueur (optional)
Lemon twist, for garnish
Peach slice, for garnish (optional)

Add bourbon, Lillet Blanc, peach liqueur, bitters, and maraschino liqueur (if using) to a mixing glass filled with ice; stir to chill. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon twist and a peach slice, if desired.