17 light and refreshing whisky cocktails to drink this summer
If you fancy drinking something light, don’t just head for clear spirits. Whisky gets a bad rep for being strong and powerful, but its smooth, fruity notes are actually perfect for those lighter cocktail recipes.
Here are the most refreshing whisky cocktails to keep you cool this summer season. And if you want to go easy on the alcohol, make yours with Ballantine’s Light, it may half the ABV but it’s still got all the flavour.
1. Kentucky mule
No drink is quite as refreshing as the whisky mule. This warming summer twist on the Moscow Mule is a classic combination of ginger beer, lime juice and Ballantine’s scotch whisky. Guaranteed to become your new go-to.
2. Whisky and coke
Say hello to the ultimate light whisky drink; perfect for any occasion. The whisky cola might be a simple pairing but it’s a real crowd pleaser. Serve yours with tons of ice and a wedge of lime squeezed around the rim of the glass for some extra zing.
Simple and refreshing. This zingy Kentucky Mule recipe is soon to be your new go-to, but don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself!
Quench your thirst with a whisky tonic on a hot summer’s day – or a cold spring evening… we don’t make the rules. Best served highball style with ice and a large wedge of lemon.
4. Berry pitcher
No one said light drinks have to be boring. Our summer mix combines a few fruity ingredients to make a pitcher perfect cocktail for your next gathering. Add elderflower cordial, soda water and Crème de Mûre to whisky and cranberry juice. Then top with a few handfuls of apple slices and your favourite red berries.
What could be more refreshing than an iced tea cocktail? Not much. This warm yet light recipe is a serious pick-me-up, mixing warming smooth whisky with sweet tea and lemon. Make enough for everyone, this drink is in high demand.
Iced Sweet Tea
This sweet and refreshing pick-me-up is guaranteed to make you MVP of the BBQ. If it doesn’t rain, that is.
Serve up a scotch with ginger ale for a light yet spicy drink that goes perfectly with your backyard BBQ. This refreshing combo is unmistakably delicious and looks top notch garnished with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.
8. Whisky julep
Get your julep on with our spiced whisky take on this classic recipe. Our ginger mint julep has a few tricks up its sleeve and is certain to make you the MVP of cocktail hour. Muddle it to your liking with lime, fresh ginger and a generous bunch of mint.
9. Brasil collins
Our zingy twist on a Scotch Collins mixes lemon juice and bitters with Ballantine’s Brasil whisky to make one of our favourite refreshers for sunset sessions. It’s the ideal drink for spontaneous gatherings – get the speakers on and the cocktail shaker out.
The ideal cocktail for when the sun is setting and the speaker is blasting.
Green tea is the ultimate light drink. So naturally a green tea cocktail is on the cards. Make yours with Ballantine’s whisky, soda water and lemon. There’s not much to it but it’s sure to impress.
11. Lychee sour
Go tropical with a light lychee cocktail. The subtle sweetness of this eastern fruit goes perfectly with the smooth honeyed scotch, brought together whisky sour style with fresh lemon and sugar syrup.
12. Scotch and soda
Get the music cranking and sip a scotch and soda cocktail – it doesn’t get easier, or better, than this. Serve quality soda water with your favourite bottle of Ballantine’s for a light and refreshing drink this summer.
Summer time, and the living’s pitchin’. Add lemon slices and halved green grapes, Ballantine’s Finest, fresh lemon juice, Lillet Blanc, and top with Lemonade. Give it a good stir and pour out a round.
Get juicy with our summer pitcher cocktail, a fun and simple mix of lemon, whisky and Lillet Blanc. This light combo always goes down a storm with any crowd – even if the sun doesn’t shine.
14. Sunny Scotland
Take yourself to Bonnie Scotland with this sweet and creamy whisky raspberry cocktail. It’s a fun recipe for shaking up behind the scenes or in front of guests for serious host points.
15. Whisky orange soda
Fancy something fun and fizzy? Give an orange soda and whisky a whirl. It’s basically an adults only Fanta – what’s not to like? Our recipe calls for Ballantine’s Passion to boost those sweet tropical fruit flavours.
16. Ballantine’s and grapefruit
Add some sour to your light whisky drink with a generous glug of grapefruit soda. This tangy fruit is surprisingly refreshing and likely to become a new favourite ingredient in your cocktail shaking game. Get the recipe for our whisky grapefruit cocktail to get started.
17. Apple pop
Keep it poppin with this zingy fresh recipe that packs a serious flavour punch. Our whisky and apple juice cocktail is easy to make and easy to drink. An obvious choice for BBQ season.
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