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Bourbon & Root Beer

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Root beer’s distinctive bite, imparted by sassafras root, helps dampen bourbon’s sweetness, while its earthy notes bring out more nuanced aromas. There’s a hint of anise, as well, reminiscent of a Sazerac, and a strong vanilla flavor that gives it all a lovely creaminess.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Forget Ginger Ale. This Is the Perfect Bourbon Mixer.”


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 6 oz Root beer


  1. Pour the bourbon into a Collins glass over ice.

  2. Add the root beer, and stir slowly.

  3. Serve with a straw.