June announced its presence boldly this week, blasting us with 90+ degree weather. Obviously, this was the perfect time for us to make the Summertime Smash from the Five O’Clock Cocktail.
1 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Frangelico
1 tsp. Sugar or simple syrup
Bitter lemon soda (or any lemon-flavored seltzer)
Put the mint leaves in a lowball or highball glass, whichever you prefer. Add the sugar or simple syrup. (If you’re using sugar, you’ll want to add water or some of the lemon seltzer to help dissolve the sugar.) Muddle the sugar and mint, then fill the glass with ice. Add bourbon and Frangelico. Top with lemon seltzer. Garnish with a mint sprig or lemon twist.
As its name suggests, this is a refreshing summertime cocktail. Adding the bitter lemon provides just the right hint of lemon without overpowering the drink, and the Frangelico makes the cocktail slightly more complex than a normal whiskey smash. We’re still loving our Thomas Henry products, so we put their bitter lemon to use, but if you don’t have bitter lemon on hand, you can do as the original recipe called for and spike seltzer with lemon.
Now that we’re all enjoying summertime cocktails, we might as well mix up a few drinks, relax, and blast this DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince classic:
Even though this nightcap was on partly Thomas Henry’s tab, we will always review products honestly. Contrary to popular belief, free drinks don’t automatically taste better.