We know what you’re thinking: Rum, gin, or tequila are best suited for summer cocktails. But these recipes from expert bartenders prove that scotch, too, is a worthy contender bidding for attention in warm-weather cocktails. Its smokiness pair nicely with herbs and fruit.
In honor of National Scotch Day, we’ve rounded up 11 great cocktails that pay scotch the respect it deserves. You’ve got the rest of the year to sip it neat.