Finding a well-balanced bourbon drink isn’t that hard these days. With the resurgence of craft cocktails focused on the traditional, any bartender worth her salt knows these important recipes by heart and can execute them flawlessly at a moment’s notice. Bourbon cocktails are especially popular, and we love tasting twists on classics like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned. We tapped our DrinkWire contributors for their favorite twists on classic bourbon cocktails, and these are five recipes worth remembering.
Already a twist on a classic, the Perfect Manhattan is a Manhattan that uses equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth. In this version, you’ll find Fino sherry instead of dry vermouth, which lends the drink a lighter, dryer profile.
With more whiskey and bitters options available than we could ever count, an Old Fashioned always has a personal twist. In this variation, two different kinds of bitters and a thyme-honey simple syrup offer an excellent, herbaceous adaptation.
This twist on the classic Old Fashioned combines the vanilla and oak notes of bourbon with the complimentary flavors of orange, chocolate and coffee. The real secret? A cold-brew-coffee ice ball that’s sure to wake you up and continue to give your drink more depth as it melts.