Refreshing summer bourbon cocktails to celebrate National Bourbon Day

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Summer bourbon cocktails, grapefruit and thyme bourbon smash cocktail, recipe and photo by Giraffes Can Bake, used with permission,

Citrus flavors are quite refreshing during warm weather. The tart, brightness can make you feel more refreshed. While grapefruit may not be in season, grapefruit flavors are delish for summer. Grapefruit juice is usually readily available at most stores.

Giraffes Can Bake author, Michelle, created a delightful bourbon smash cocktail. Combining citrus with thyme is a classic flavor profile. With a hint of sugar to offset the tartness, this cocktail is both delicious and pretty. Anyone would be impressed with the bright colors and flavors. Cheers!

Grapefruit and Thyme Bourbon Smash, by Giraffes Can Bake

"Grapefruit and Thyme Bourbon Smash Author Michelle – Giraffes Can Bake Yield 2 Cocktails Ingredients  10 sprigs fresh thyme  1 lime wedge  1/2 tbsp white sugar  10 ice cubes  3.5 oz bourbon  2/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice (approx 1 grapefruit)  4 dashes angostura aromatic bitters  Ice to serve  2 grapefruit slices to serve  2 lime wedges to serve  2 sprigs fresh thyme to serve Instructions 1. Remove the thyme leaves from the sprigs (don’t worry if you get some stalks) and add to a cocktail shaker with the lime wedge and sugar. Muddle to release the juice from the lime and flavour from the thyme, muddle for at least 60 seconds. 2. Add 10 ice cubes, the bourbon, grapefruit juice and bitters to the shaker. And stir for 20 seconds. 3. Fill your chilled rocks glasses with ice, and strain the cocktail between the two glasses 4. Garnish each glass with a grapefruit slice, a lime wedge and a sprig of thyme 5. Serve immediately"