I actually wanted to name this one the Backyard Berry Bourbon Fizz but decided that might be TOO much alliteration… even for me.
This cocktail is bursting with the bright, fresh, and fruity flavors of summertime. No simple syrup, honey, or any other sweetener or flavorings needed – just quality bourbon and fresh watermelon, strawberries, and cherries. Oh, and of course, a splash of every Texan’s favorite cold fizzy beverage, good ol’ Topo Chico. It’s the perfect southern summer sipper. There I go with the alliteration again.
Backyard Bourbon Fizz
2 shots of your favorite bourbon – I used Four Roses
4 fresh strawberries, chopped
4 fresh cherries, pitted
2 1″ chunks fresh watermelon
1/8 cup fresh watermelon juice
1 bottle Topo Chico (or any other sparkling water if you can’t find Topo in your hood)
Muddle the fresh fruit with the bourbon and pour into a highball glass (or, in my case, tall jam jar, because I was feeling the summertime kitsch, y’all). If you don’t like chunks in your drinks you can strain it, but I personally LOVE snacking on those lil’ booze-soaked pieces of fruit at the bottom!
Pack the glass with ice and pour in the fresh watermelon juice (I literally just reserved a bit of juice from the watermelon I chopped earlier in the day). Top with Topo Chico, stick a straw (and perhaps a strawberry) in it, and you’re ready to get your backyard drank on, bb!
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