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11 Easy Bourbon Cocktails to Try Now

Impress your friends with these simple DIY drinks.

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Bourbon Rickey. Image: / Tim Nusog

Saying farewell to summer doesn’t always have to be shrouded in sadness, particularly when cooler weather invites the chance to cozy up with bourbon. Because while whiskey is an all-seasons drink, reaching for this deep, flavorful spirit feels particularly appropriate as temperatures begin to drop and days become shorter.

From refreshing sippers and stiff classics to heady stand-ins for dessert, here are 11 bourbon cocktails starring the quintessential American whiskey. Try one, or try them all!

  • Bourbon Lift

    bourbon lift cocktail

     Erik Adkins

    The egg cream is a staple of bygone New York delicatessens. Here it's reimagined in a frothy, fizzy rendition spiked with bourbon. The heavy cream is brightened by coffee liqueur and orgeat, and a topper of club soda lengthens the drink with a dose of refreshing bubbles. Accompanying pastrami sandwich optional.

  • Bourbon Old Fashioned

    bourbon old fashioned cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Interpretations of the Old Fashioned abound, but here you've got the classic combination of bourbon, bitters, sugar and water. Hold the fruit, except for a zesty spritz of orange oil. The result is a crowd-pleasing drink that's perfect for all occasions.

  • Beggar’s Banquet

    Beggars Banquet / Tim Nusog 

    Rich maple syrup, synonymous with fall, delightfully meshes with bourbon in this concoction. The addition of chilled lager makes it equally alluring for beer aficionados, especially those who haven't quite jumped onto the cocktail train. And best of all, you can build this refreshing drink right in the glass.

  • Two-Hit Fig Punch

    Two-Hit Fig Punch / Tim Nusog

    Hudson Baby Bourbon shares the spotlight with Sailor Jerry spiced rum in this vibrantly hued punch, which is amplified by fresh figs, navel orange juice and lemon. The recipe is meant to serve a crowd. So break out this punch for one of the year’s last-hurrah barbecues, or whenever you need to impress a thirsty group.

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  • Billionaire

    billionaire cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Among the specialties relished at Employees Only’s New York and Singapore outposts is the Billionaire cocktail. It merges bourbon with fresh lemon juice and grenadine for a refreshing and easy-to-make drink. Absinthe bitters provide a fittingly luxe touch, but the cocktail only looks like a million bucks.

  • Last-Minute Mulled Wine

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     H. Joseph Ehrmann

    Just like pumpkin pie, the ubiquity of mulled wine on menus signifies the welcoming shift in seasons. This recipe from San Francisco bartender H. Joseph Ehrmann unites bourbon with red wine and heightens it with a mélange of cinnamon and star anise. Mix it up as the weather turns cooler, and you'll have a house full of happy guests.

  • Ginger Rabbit

    ginger rabbit cocktail / Tim Nusog

    A rush of fresh ginger invigorates this libation with Basil Hayden’s bourbon and Crème Yvette, a liqueur made from violet petals and berries. Its compellingly spicy personality is further defined by simple syrup infused with star anise and black tea. Mix up a couple of these, and you'll be hopping.

  • Man o’ War

    Man o' War Cocktail / Tim Nusog 

    Named for one of the finest racehorses in history, the Man o' War further proves that bourbon and sweet vermouth belong together. Here, the tried-and-true duo welcomes a burst of energizing citrus in the forms of fresh lemon juice and orange curaçao. Rather than racing around a track, you'll be content to sit and savor this well-balanced concoction.

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  • Apple Toddy

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     David Wondrich

    Combat autumn’s barrage of creaky coughs with a soothing bourbon Hot Toddy. This spin on the timeless, grated nutmeg-topped elixir savored from a mug pays tribute to apples by marrying Laird’s bonded applejack with baked McIntosh apples. An apple a day...

  • Beatnik

    beatnik cocktail

     Duggan McDonnell

    Bourbon, Amaro Averna and Ferreira Tawny Port create one powerfully boozy trifecta. After dinner, enlist this silky tipple and settle in next to a flickering fireplace while you unwind for the night. Bongo drums, black beret and Jack Kerouac paperback not included.

  • Bourbon Rickey

    bourbon rickey cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Typically the Rickey, a tart heat-shunning highball, is whipped up with gin. And by all means, try it with gin. But Washington, D.C.’s official quaff also satiates fierce thirsts when it's spawned from bourbon. Melded with lime and club soda, it can be a real lifesaver on Indian summer evenings.