Summertime Cocktail • Amber Road
Though gin and vodka might star as summertime spirits, bourbon can play at that game, too. With Aperol and a good hit of lemon juice, this sour is eminently drinkable: refreshing enough for a stiff brunch drink or sophisticated enough for a cocktail party. Shake up whenever you see fit.
Instructions: Add 1½ ounces of bourbon (we like Buffalo Trace), 1 ounce of Aperol, ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice and ¼ ounce of maple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Add a dash of Angostura bitters. Shake that all up hard, then strain it into a tall glass with ice. Add 2 ounces of soda, and garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig. Pro tip: Gently slap that mint on your hand a few times to release its aromatic oils before using it to garnish.