Garrison Brothers cocktail recipes for summer

Garrison Brothers was the first legal Texas bourbon but they've come a long way since those early days. While there are a lot of bourbon brands that ride on a cliche concept and good marketing without the soul that makes bourbon something special ... Garrison Brothers Distillery is something special and to their credit they've come a long way from the early days when I first tried them many years ago. So, when they sent over some new cocktails to share ... well ... it just seemed like the right thing to do to salute a whiskey brand that everyone should have in their bar at home.

busy little bees whiskey cocktail recipe

Garrison Brothers Busy Little Bee’s 

This drink will have you feeling all the floral & citrus vibes. Busy Little Bee’s is the perfect drink to spice up your summer. Using only 4 ingredients (1 ½ oz. Garrison Brothers HoneyDew, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice, ½ oz. lavender syrup, and 2 dashes orange bitters) with a quick shake in a tin over ice, Busy Little Bee’s is created and served in a coupe glass for the fancy folks and garnished with a lemon peel.   

 blackberry smash cocktail

Garrison Brothers Blackberry Smash 

Pucker up because this cocktail will have you begging for more. Blackberry Smash combines 2 oz. of Garrison Brothers award-winning expression Small Batch, with ½ oz. fresh lime juice, 2 oz. of club soda, 3-4 basil leaves, and you guessed it ¼ cup of frozen blackberries, to create the elite adult juice.  All you have to do is muddle frozen blackberries and basil leaves in a shaking tin. Then add your Garrison Brothers Small Batch and lime juice. Don’t forget the ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over ice, top with club soda, and boom, you’re a certified at home bartender. 

 classic old fashioned cocktail recipe

Garrison Brothers Classic Old Fashioned 

We’re finishing this off strong and simple… but still delicious. Garrison Brothers easy take on a Classic Old Fashioned is perfect for the at-home bartender just starting off.  This drink is not for the weak, but if you’re a Garrison Brothers regular, we think you can handle it. Taking none other than 2 oz. of Garrison Brothers Small Batch, add in your ½ oz. of simple syrup and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters into a mixing glass with ice. Stir until chilled, then strain your mixture into a rock glass over a large cube, garnish with an orange peel and luxardo cherry. Now you have just made a classic old fashioned!