Bourbon-based Cocktail Recipes for Your Home Bar

National Bourbon Day

With summer right around the corner, it's time to freshen up on all your cocktail recipes!

Old Fashion

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp simple syrup or 1 sugar cube and a small drop of soda water
  • 2-4 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 1 half dollar-sized slice orange peel
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Preparation

  1. Take an old-fashioned glass and combine simple syrup (or sugar cube and soda water) and Angostura Bitters (muddle sugar cube to dissolve)
  2. Fill glass halfway with ice and 2 ounces of bourbon before stirring 
  3. Garnish with orange peel (squeeze over the glass to extract oils) and a maraschino cherry

[For a Maple Old-Fashioned, substitute simple syrup or sugar cube with pure maple syrup]

Manhattan

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 1 cherry

Preparation

  1. Combine bourbon, vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail shaker and stir
  2. Using a Hawthorne strainer pour into a chilled cocktail glass
  3. Garnish with cherry and serve

Boulevardier Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • Orange or Lemon twist

Preparation

  1. Pour bourbon, vermouth, and Campari into an ice-filled cocktail shaker
  2. Stir vigorously to combine (30 seconds-1 minute)
  3. Using a julep strainer pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist

John Collins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • Orange slice

Preparation

  1. In an ice-filled Collins glass pour bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir
  2. Top with club soda
  3. Garnish with cherry and orange slice

Sour Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 1/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

Preparation

  1. In a cocktail shaker combine bourbon, citrus juices, and simple syrup. Shake once, add ice and shake again
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass
  3. Slowly pour grenadine around the inner edge of the glass. It will sink to the bottom and create the sunrise effect.

Paradise Apple

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 dried figs, halved
  • 1 oz. bourbon
  • ¾ oz. dry Riesling
  • ½ oz. St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz. apple cider
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz. Fig-Infused Honey Syrup
  • Garnish: Apple slice

Preparation

  1. Fig-infused honey syrup: warm honey, dried figs, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat (stir to completely dissolve honey). Keep warm for 10 minutes (lowering heat, if needed, to avoid coming to a simmer) DO NOT let it boil
  2. Remove from heat and let cool uncovered for 10 minutes
  3. Pour fig mixture into a blender and blend until smooth (about 1 minute)
  4. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a resealable jar. (This is enough syrup for 10 drinks; can store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks)
  5. Cocktail: Add bourbon, Riesling, St.-Germain, apple cider, lemon juice, and fig-infused honey syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled (15 seconds)
  6. Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with an apple slice

Newton's Law

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 ½ oz. bourbon
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons apple butter
  • orange twist
  • ground cinnamon

Preparation

  1. Stir brown sugar and hot water in a cocktail shaker to dissolve; let cool
  2. Then add bourbon, lemon juice, apple butter, and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled (15 seconds)
  3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist and cinnamon

Bourbon Fruit Tea Punch

Ingredients

  • 6 black tea bags or 3 Tbsp. loose black tea
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups bourbon

Preparation

  1. Brew 2 cups of tea (5 minutes)
  2. Remove tea bags, and stir in sugar; let cool (10 minutes) before transferring to a pitcher
  3. Add orange, pineapple, lemon juice, and 4 cups cold water; stir
  4. Chill fruit tea in the refrigerator (2 hours)
  5. Pour 1 1/2 oz. bourbon into an ice-filled glass and add 6 oz. fruit tea; stir to combine. Alternatively, combine 6 cups fruit tea and 1 1/2 cups bourbon in the pitcher to pour among 8 ice-filled glasses

The New York Sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce fruity red wine (such as Shiraz or Malbec)

Preparation

  1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover, and shake (30 seconds)
  2. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass
  3. Gently pour 1/2 ounce fruity red wine over the back of a spoon held just above the drink's surface so wine floats on top

Rosé, Bourbon, and Blue

Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
  • 2 cups brewed unsweetened black tea
  • 1 1/2 cups fruity rosé
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 lemon slices

Preparation

  1. Stir sugar and 7 tablespoons hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved; transfer to a food processor
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups blueberries to processor and purée
  3. Set a strainer over a large pitcher and strain blueberry mixture (press to extract liquid from solid, then discard solid)
  4. Add tea, rosé, bourbon, and lemon juice to the pitcher and refrigerate till cooled (2 hours)
  5. Add remaining blueberries to the pitcher. Fill old-fashioned glasses with ice and divide cocktail.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices and serve.

Gold Rush

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. bourbon 
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. honey

Preparation

  1. Combine bourbon, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice
  2. Cover and shake vigorously to dissolve honey (20 seconds)
  3. Using a Hawthorne strainer pour over an ice-filled rocks glass

Kentucky Kiss

Ingredients

  • 2 large fresh strawberries, sliced; 1 Fresh strawberry for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce maple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 splash club soda

Preparation

  1. In an old-fashioned glass combine sliced strawberries, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Muddle until berries are mashed.
  2. Add bourbon and fill with ice
  3. Add a splash of club soda and garnish with a strawberry

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