Meet our exclusive cocktail — the ‘Brooklyn Summer’

Manhattan has its own cocktail. So does Singapore, Russia and even freakin’ Long Island. And now, thanks to us, our worthy borough finally has a drink to call its own.

Meet “The Brooklyn Summer,” a minty-lemony-bourbon classic crafted exclusively for our readers by Luke Wheeler, the general manager of DUMBO hotspot reBar.

Wheeler’s blend offers a hint of sweetness that never fully overwhelms the bourbon bite.

“The simple syrup and mint leaves give it a bright, summery flavor,” said Wheeler, who used bourbon in a nod to the classic summer cocktail, the mint julep. “And everyone likes lemonade.”

reBar [147 Front St. near Jay Street in DUMBO, (718) 797-2322]. Look out in mid-June for the bar’s new summer cocktail menu.

The Brooklyn Summer

Created by Luke Wheeler


4 mint leaves

Simple syrup

1 lemon

2 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon

Crushed ice


Cut the lemon in half, and cut one half into three slices. Muddle mint and lemon slices with simple syrup. Squeeze in juice from remaining lemon half. Pour in Maker’s Mark.

Top with crushed ice. Garnish with a copy of your favorite Community Newspaper Group print edition.