The John Collins
Sometimes the best whiskey cocktails for summer are the least complicated, and that’s precisely the case with this warm-weather specialist, the John Collins. For this one, we’re traveling to 1869, London. Collins cocktails are actually a family of drinks. They’re the oversized versions of the sours, so we’ll revisit the combination of spirit-citrus-sugar, this time topped with fizzy sparkling water.
In a highball glass filled with ice, pour 1.5 ounces of your favorite whiskey, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and an ounce of simple syrup. Top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
Traveler’s tip: Substitute the spirit to meet the wide variety of refreshing Collins drinks. From Rum to Tequila, everything goes, and they’re all worthy of being on the best whiskey cocktails for summer list.