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High on Life for National Bourbon Day featuring Cincinnati-based Mixicles botanical mixers | Photo: Heather Wibbels

Sip Spotlight: High on Life for National Bourbon Day

Today is National Bourbon Day, when we celebrate America's "Native Spirit." Legend has it that bourbon was first produced on this day in 1789 by Reverend Elijah Craig.

Some folks put up their bourbon for the summer, instead going all in on gin, vodka, and tequila. To that we say, but whyyyyyy?! Perhaps you've never had a light and summery bourbon cocktail.

Let us implore you to try this one, created by Heather Wibbels, award-winning mixologist and Executive Bourbon Steward. It's perfect for people who think they don't like bourbon in the summer (or that they don't like bourbon). The bourbon notes recede below the lavender, but contribute a nice, balanced sweetness to it. Build it in a Collins glass for an easy summer serve.

For those interested in exploring bourbon cocktails, be sure to check out Heather's recently published book, Bourbon Is My Comfort Food. It's replete with interesting history, practical tips, gorgeous images, and delicious recipes!



  • 2 oz. lemonade
  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup (optional)
  • Hibiscus ginger beer
  • 3 Lavender Peach Mixicles cubes (found in the Curated Collection sold at Kroger)

How to Mix: Build in a Collins glass, starting with the lemonade, bourbon, and simple syrup. Stir. Add the Mixicles cubes and, if desired, a few ice cubes. Top with hibiscus ginger beer and garnish with fresh lavender.

Jen Morales is the co-founder of Cincinnati-based Mixicles, an all-natural, frozen, non-alcoholic botanical mixer that can be popped into any liquor, wine, champagne, etc for an instant cocktail. They can even used as a natural foundation for distinctive zero-proof drinks and smoothies. Learn more at