Bourbon is the star spirit in these cocktail recipes. Bourbon’s sweet, vanilla aroma complements a variety of cocktails, from the old-fashioned to the hot toddy. We take it further by incorporating bourbon into unique, tasty, and entertaining drinks like the Mint Julep and Highball.
There’s no need to be intimidated by bourbon cocktails. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create delicious drinks that are perfect for any occasion. Here are five cocktails with bourbon that you should try right now:
Garden-Fresh Mint Julep
The Mint Julep is a refreshing drink perfect for summertime BBQs or picnics. It is made with bourbon, sugar, water and mint. The bourbon gives the drink a smooth flavor, while the sugar and water add sweetness and refreshment. The mint leaves give the drink a fresh, herby taste that is perfect for cooling down on a hot day.
When you’re planning to make cocktails with bourbon, don’t forget the mint julep.
There’s nothing quite like a refreshing mint julep on a hot day, and this vegan version is no exception. Made with bourbon, fresh mint, and sugar-free syrup, it’s perfect for any occasion.
This Kentucky classic is refreshing and easy to make. All you need is
- and fresh mint leaves.
- Best of all, it takes just 45 minutes to make
- and only requires 15 minutes of active preparation.
- This recipe yields eight servings, so it’s great for gatherings or get-togethers.
- Plus, it’s dairy-free,
- low carbohydrate,
- low fat,
- and vegan – making it perfect for almost everyone!
To make the syrup for the drink, combine 1/2 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool completely.
In a tall glass or jar, combine 1/4 cup syrup with 1/2 cup cold water. Add pea greens (pea shoots) and bourbon, then stir to combine. Fill with ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Bourbon Apple Cider
Fall is the perfect time for apple cider. Warm and comforting, it’s a perfect pick-me-up on a chilly day. This recipe combines bourbon with apple cider and adding in some spices for a delicious and festive drink. Apple cider is combined with bourbon, lemon juice, and honey to create a delicious drink perfect for fall. The drink can be served warm or cold, making it perfect for any occasion.
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
Summertime is the perfect time for sipping on refreshing cocktails like the Blackberry Bourbon Smash. This drink is easy to make and can be tailored to your taste by adjusting the amount of bourbon or sugar.
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3 blackberries
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
Fill a shaker halfway with ice and add the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rock glass. Top with blackberries and thyme, and serve.
When people hear “highball,” they likely think of a chilled drink made with bourbon or whiskey. But a highball is any mixed drink containing liquor and a carbonated beverage, typically soda or sparkling water. The name comes from the drink served in a tall glass with plenty of ice, making it look high and mighty.
The highball is a tall, refreshing way to enjoy your favorite whiskey and is made with only two ingredients. Blended whiskeys, rye whiskeys, and bourbons all pair well with ginger ale, making it difficult to make a bad cocktail. If you prefer, you can lighten it up with club soda.
Bourbon and cocktails add a spark to any party. They are perfect for any occasion, whether a small gathering or a large celebration. The possibilities are endless for bourbon and cocktails, so be sure to experiment and find your favorites. Cheers!