Drink of the Week: The Cornhusker Cooler
Drink of the Week

Drink of the Week: The Cornhusker Cooler

Embrace a Nebraskan twist on a refreshing classic

As the days grow warmer and the sun graces us with its persistent glow, it’s time to welcome the season of refreshing cocktails. This week, we’re featuring a locally-inspired libation that’s as distinctive as it is delightful: The Cornhusker Cooler.

The Cornhusker Cooler isn’t your typical summer drink. It’s a bold cocktail that marries the sweetness of corn-infused bourbon with the tartness of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The result is a harmonious blend that’s equal parts refreshing and invigorating, perfectly suited for Omaha’s balmy summer evenings.

Here’s how you can make your own Cornhusker Cooler at home:


  • 2 oz Corn-infused Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon Wheel and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish


  1. Infuse your bourbon: Take a few fresh ears of corn, grill them until slightly charred, then cut the kernels off. Add these to a bottle of your favorite bourbon and let it infuse for at least 3 days. Once ready, strain the corn kernels out.
  2. Combine the corn-infused bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of fresh mint.
  6. Sit back, relax, and savor the refreshing taste of the Cornhusker Cooler.

This drink is a love letter to Nebraska, from the corn-infused bourbon reflecting our agricultural roots to the refreshing lemon and mint hinting at our love for bright, bold flavors. Try it at your next barbecue, or simply enjoy one on your porch as the sun sets.

Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or a casual drinker, the Cornhusker Cooler is sure to leave an impression. It’s a unique taste of Nebraska, right in your glass.

Next week, we’ll be back with another local favorite. Until then, stay cool, Omaha!

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