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Cocktails for Carnivores & Grill Masters

Firing up the grill again is both comfortable and nostalgic, but finding the ideal accompaniment to quench your thirst and compliment your fresh-off-the-grill fare can be no small feat.

Cracking open the same old beer is stodgy. Shake up something impressive at your next barbecue with these cocktails featuring our preeminent spirits and designed to pair with perfectly charred meat.

Cucumber & Tonic

For hot days when standing in front of the grill wets your brow, cool off with a refreshing cucumber gin tonic.

  • 2 oz Joseph Magnus Vigilant Navy Strength Gin
  • Cucumber slices
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Tonic water

Fill a glass with ice and a few slices of cucumber. Pour in the gin and lemon juice. Top off with tonic water, and garnish with a cucumber wheel on the brim.

Twisted Lemonade

No matter your age, lemonade is a timeless taste on summer days. Add an ‘adult’ twist to maintain your sanity.

  • 1.5 oz Murray Hill Club Whiskey
  • 4 oz pre-made, chilled lemonade

Pour lemonade and whiskey into a shaker with ice, shake until combined. Strain into a cocktail glass over the rocks.

Kentucky Buck

Recommended sipping slowly with a straw. Don’t be fooled, this cocktail holds a punch.

  • 2 oz Joseph Magnus Bourbon
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Ginger beer, chilled

Start with a tall cocktail glass filled with ice, add the bitters, bourbon, and lemon juice. Fill to the top with ginger beer, and stir until combined.

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

It’s as simple as it sounds, and as classically refreshing as you’d think!

  • 2 oz Joseph Magnus Bourbon
  • 2-3 oz pre-made, chilled lemonade
  • 2-3 oz chilled, iced tea

Add ice to a tall cocktail glass. Pour all ingredients over the ice, and stir until combined.

Lemon Gin Spritzer

Summery, citrusy flavors combine with a bit of bubbly to make a sweet and simple quench.

  • 2 oz Joseph Magnus Vigilant Navy Strength Gin
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Chilled, dry sparkling wine or champagne

Add ice, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker and shake until combined. Strain into a champagne flute, top to the brim with sparkling wine.

Mint Julep

This cocktail resembles a classic mojito, but substitutes bourbon for rum because of bourbon’s unique ability to compliment barbecued flavors.

  • 3 oz Joseph Magnus Bourbon
  • 4-6 mint sprigs
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup

Muddle the mint sprigs to release the aroma, then add mint, simple syrup, and crushed ice to a tall glass. Pour in the bourbon and stir well.

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