Corn-based and barrel-aged, bourbon holds a special place in many whiskey lovers’ hearts. Purists may enjoy drinking it neat, but the real beauty of the spirit lies in its ability to blend into delicious drinks. Don’t believe us? See for yourself with these 11 bourbon cocktails.
This boozy version of a New York egg cream is dessert in a glass. Bourbon gets mellowed thanks to heavy cream, while coffee liqueur and almond orgeat lend their deep flavors to perfectly balance the whiskey.
IPA in a bourbon cocktail? It might sound strange, but it sure is tasty. The Shandy Maker mixes bourbon and Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA with fresh marjoram, grapefruit and lemon juices, and simple syrup for a spirit-forward sipper that you won’t be able to put down.
Inspired by the great Loretta Lynn song, this Southern sipper calls for ginger syrup, lavender and honey that give a subtle sweetness to bourbon. A slapped lavender sprig is the perfect garnish to add an extra hint of floral aroma as you sip.
Not all Rickeys are made with gin. This simple variation on the Gin Rickey uses bourbon, fresh lime juice and club soda. It’s easy to make, plus you can mix a whole batch for a party and still have time to entertain your guests.
This caffeinated spin on a classic Bourbon Milk Punch is going to be your next go-to brunch cocktail. Bourbon, espresso liqueur and chicory liqueur are tamed by heavy cream. Garnish with freshly ground espresso and toast a new day.
Who says that adults can’t have a little fun too? This spiked milkshake will take you back to your childhood with the flavors of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup mixed with good-quality bourbon for a drink that’s both cool and sweet.
Bourbon and two kinds of rum come together in this easy-drinking cocktail. Honey and demerara sugar add sweetness, while two kinds of bitters keep everything balanced and drinkable. Garnish with an expressed orange peel.
Sweet strawberries offset bourbon’s deep flavor in this shoulder-season sipper. All you need are fresh berries, lemon, simple syrup and your favorite Kentucky brown, which are combined then topped with unsweetened iced tea.
The Inside Job is the perfect dinner companion or postdinner drink this fall. Bourbon, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, Angostura bitters and absinthe combine in perfect harmony. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry and enjoy.