Hot Town, Summer and Some Whiskey

Alright, who says that tequila and rum need to be the reigning summer booze champs? Not me. At Josh’s request, I’ve brought whiskey back into my cocktail lineup with a refreshing drink that will surprise you with strange flavor combinations, delight you with tastiness and would be perfect to sip at any backyard BBQ. (Recipe inspiration courtesy of Life’s A Strawberry).


6 oz. fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
4 oz. whiskey
3 oz. lemon juice


  1. Heat blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally. When the mixture has turned into a thick syrupy substance, you’re good to go.
  2. Optional step: strain syrup to separate seeds if you don’t want those floating around in your cocktail.
  3. Let the syrup cool for about 20 minutes before mixing the rest of the drink.
  4. Combine everything in a large shaker with ice.
  5. Pour over ice into a glass and devour feverishly.

I ended up making mine with a peaty, smokey whiskey that Josh had at home, and I have to tell you… I’d highly recommend that flavor pallet. The blend of smokey with the intense tart/citrusy flavor of the lemon juice is SUPER interesting and, if you’re like me, you will find yourself thinking: “Jee… this just tastes… strange. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s so weird I LOVE IT!” Try it out and let me know!