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    What to drink when it's HOT!

    It's reaching up to 100 degrees here...hot and humid. Wondering what is your 'go-to' Bourbon when it's H-O-T?
    Mat Garretson
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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    When it gets this hot (and brother, it's hot!) I like to drink corn whiskey or, likely as not, tequila or mezcal.

    Otherwise something high enough proof yet "cheap" enough that I don't mind icing it down. OWA 107 or Fighting Cock works great. Something else I like to do is a take on the traditional "mist:" bourbon with ice, shaken within an inch of its life, until there are ice particles floating in it, garnish with cherry or lemon-- but I strain it. Always refreshing.

    For mixers it might be a rye and ginger ale.

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    I'm drinking WT 81 on the rocks in a tall collins glass, it is 93 degrees here and it seems to work.
    ovh

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    I too like a well-iced bourbon, mist if possible with straw but lots of rocks, allowed to melt a bit, works too. Or, an American Pale Ale or Black IPA served well-chilled. If a bourbon, only one requirement: it not be too old.

    Gary

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    I go with the lower proof bourbons; on the rocks. Bh (I know, horrors to many here) seems to work well because the high rye content stands up to the ice well. Gotta try the new WT 81...
    John B

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    Definitely something on the rocks. Or, if I'm mixing, I'll do a bourbon/rye with ginger, and occasionally a bourbon/rye with coke.

    For non-bourbon drinks, a gin or vodka and tonic always hits the spot, as does the James Bond martini.

    And of course, there's beer.
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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    for me, higher proof, higher aged bourbon or rye on the rocks....
    Cheers,

    Scott

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    I am contemplating this as well. It is hot in MI today and I have some steaks to grill in a short while. So I'll be obliged for a pour while the grill is going. I generally prefer my bourbon neat, but ice is ok sometimes. But our well water is lousy (and softened) so the melting ice isn't too special in the drink. Maybe some ginger ale with lemon and lime would go well with the bourbon.
    Craig

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    My hot weather whiskey:

    Heaven Hill 80pf bourbon
    Old Overholt
    Pikesville
    Basil Haydn's
    Jacquin's Rock and Rye on the rocks
    If you have anything Michter's or Pennco and would like to sell it or share it with me, please let me know.

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    Re: What to drink when it's HOT!

    I second Ethan's Basil Hayden recommendation. It's actually one of those whiskeys that sweetens up slightly when you add the ice to it. A bit of good spring water, a few cubes or a large ice ball and you're off and running. More refreshing than lemonade.

    Bernheim is another nice one. High West's Double Rye! has treated me well too. I enjoy them all on ice in the hot months of the year.

 

 

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