The Story Behind The Beam Black Batched Bourbon Lemonade

Life doesn’t need to throw you lemons to enjoy a delicious, homemade lemonade — especially when you include a few choice ingredients to upgrade the experience. Freshly squeezed juice is, of course, key to a great lemonade. But adding a high-quality bourbon like Jim Beam Black, sweetening with maple syrup, and layering on more complexity with bitters, takes the summer staple to a whole new level. Best of all: This cocktail is perfect for batching, meaning one round of drinks goes a long way when you’re hosting a get together with friends or family.


  • 3 parts Jim Beam Black Bourbon (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 part cold water
  • 1 part maple syrup
  • Orange bitters to taste (recommended 18 dashes)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Add ice and stir.
  3. Add ice to each guest's glass.
  4. Serve directly from the pitcher into glasses.
  5. Garnish each glass with a lemon wheel.

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Yield: 8
Updated: 2021-10-02

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