Cool off with these refreshing summer cocktails


By Puja Gupta
New Delhi, June 6 (IANSlife) Just like we move turtleneck sweaters to the back of the closet, it’s time we retire liquor and bring on clear spirits, fruit juices and crushed ice. The hot season demands refreshing drinks, alcoholic or not, served in tall, frosted glasses.

Here are some signature summer cocktails from Jack Daniel’s to try out:



1 1/2 parts Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel

4 parts water, divided in half

2 spoonfuls of sugar

4 black tea bags

1 part fresh mint leaves

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Mint sprig


In a saucepan, boil 2 parts of water with the sugar. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep for 8 minutes, then discard bags. Add the remaining cups of water. Transfer to a pitcher and chill. Add mint and crush with a wooden spoon until fragrant. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.



2 parts Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

1 part cranberry juice

1 part orange juice

1 spritz of tonic water

2 parts ice


In a blender, combine ice, juices and Tennessee Honey. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. Pour contents into chilled rocks glass, top off with chilled tonic water and enjoy.



1 part Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack

1 1/2 parts unsweetened iced tea

1 part cane syrup

3 lemon wedges

6 mint leaves


Add 4 mint leaves and two lemon wedges to the tea and steep for 15 minutes. Muddle the remaining mint leaves, lemon wedges and cane syrup in the whiskey. Add ice, and shake well. Pour into glass and top off with tea. Garnish with lemon wedge.



1 part Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

2 to 3 parts ginger beer

Lime wedge

3 ice cubes

Mint to rub into the glass

Mint garnish


Squeeze then place lime wedge into a copper Mule mug or Collins glass. Add ice cubes. Pour in Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and fill with chilled ginger beer. Stir well, garnish with mint and enjoy.



1 part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

3 parts lemonade


Combine ingredients in a tall glass over ice and garnish with a cherry.



2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon

1 tbsp Sugar

3 Fresh Mint Leaves

Crushed Ice 1 oz



Muddle 3 mint sprigs, sugar and water in the bottom of a julep cup. Fill glass with crushed ice, add bourbon and stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint leaves.

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Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
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These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
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The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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