Looking for some good bourbon drinks? With so many variations you don’t need an excuse to drink strong and smooth Kentucky whiskey. Here are some mixes you can make to toast to life’s big and small moments.
Bourbon Drinks Perfect For Drinking Anytime
1. Bourbon Rickey
Similar to the Gin Rickey, you’ll use half an ounce of lime soda with a base of 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon. Use a highball glass for this concoction. This is the best example of bourbon drinks with lime—a classic pairing.
2. Nor’easter Cocktail
The Nor’easter Cocktail will add some hair to your chest. Just add 3 ounces of bourbon to a shaker full of ice, plus 3/4 parts maple syrup, and 3/4 parts lime juice. Remember to shake each time you add an ingredient. Lastly, top off with a bottle of ginger beer and serve.
3. Bourbon Mule
Bartenders usually serve Bourbon Mules in copper mugs, where they’ll keep their chill longer. For this mix, use 1 1/2 ounces of bourbon with a tablespoon of lime juice, half a cup of ginger beer, a sprig of mint, and a slice of lime.
4. The Gold Rush
If you’re looking for bourbon drinks with honey, this is it. Consider this a spin on the BeesKnees: 2 ounces of bourbon with 3/4 an ounce of fresh lemon juice, and 3/4 an ounce of honey syrup.
5. Honey Bourbon Toddy
If you want one of those straight-up bourbon drinks with honey, then Honey Bourbon Toddy is for you. It’s easy to make because you only need to mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 6 tablespoons of bourbon. You can add a twist of lemon and a cinnamon stick for better aroma and presentation.
6. Honey Bourbon Lemonade
The Honey Bourbon Lemonade is perfect for summer getaways and get-togethers. You just need to make a syrup with water and sugar, then blend with 2 cups of lemon juice and a cup of bourbon for this mix.
7. Ginger-Bourbon Mint Julep
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This smooth and refreshing bourbon drink infuses mint and ginger beer with the whiskey. Go for 6 leaves of mint and muddle it with a teaspoon of sugar in a shaker, and then add 3 ounces of bourbon. Strain the mixture and add to a bottle of ginger beer.
8. Bourbon and Ginger
If you’re looking for something with a kick that’s easy to make, you can’t go wrong with this mix. Get a glass and fill it with ice. Pour 2 parts of bourbon and then top off the glass with ginger ale.
9. Spiced Bourbon-Apple Cider
This bourbon recipe by chef Geoffrey Zakarian spices the spirit up with star anise, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Simmer 16 ounces of apple cider and 8 ounces of bourbon together in a saucepan with the spices. Cool, and enjoy.
10. Kentucky Sunrise
What do you get with half a part of grenadine, 3 parts OJ, and one part bourbon? Sunshine in a glass sure to put a smile on your face.
11. Whiskey Sour
This classic mix will both bring sour and sweet to your taste buds. This is one of those bourbon drinks with orange juice which will put some color in your cheeks with one quaff.
12. The Maple Old-Fashioned
Traditionally a fall drink, the Old-Fashioned is made with maple syrup and mixed with a base of bourbon. Mix in some bitters and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for a truly Autumn flavor.
13. New York Sour
Named in honor of the Big Apple, the New York Sour is a fine example of bourbon drinks with simple syrup. Shake the bourbon with lemon juice and simple syrup, then add a dash of wine to float.
14. Maple Pig Cocktail
Do you want to drink your bacon with your bourbon too? This recipe calls for bacon-infused bourbon mixed with maraschino cherries and maple syrup.
15. Bourbon Crusta
Bourbon drinks with triple sec seem hard to find. Here’s an example, which uses 2 ounces of bourbon, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and a half-ounce each of triple sec, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice.
16. Whiskey Tonic
The whiskey tonic is an example of simple bourbon drinks you can make easily. You just need an ounce and a third of bourbon, plus four ounces of tonic water. Garnish with a slice of lemon for flair.
17. Bourbon With Bitters
Transform your next glass of bourbon by adding bitters. Yes, the bitters will make a huge difference, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
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The list above is by no means exhaustive since there are a plethora of bourbon cocktails out there. It’s no wonder, since bourbon possesses notes and a kind of spirit that lends itself well to just about any ingredient. Try one of the mixes above or make up your own. Don’t forget to shake or stir!
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