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Impress Your Friends with These 11 Easy Bourbon Cocktails

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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 cozying up with bourbon. From refreshing sippers to heady stand-ins for dessert, these are 11 bourbon cocktails starring the American whiskey.

  • Bourbon Lift

    bourbon lift cocktail

     Erik Adkins

    The egg cream, a staple of bygone New York delicatessens, is reimagined in this frothy, fizzy rendition with Maker’s Mark and heavy cream brightened by coffee liqueur and orgeat.

  • Beggar’s Banquet

    Rich maple syrup, synonymous with fall, delightfully meshes with Maker’s Mark in this concoction. The addition of English ale Old Speckled Hen makes it equally alluring for beer aficionados.

  • Bourbon Old Fashioned

    bourbon old fashioned cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Interpretations of the Old Fashioned, that classic mix of whiskey, bitters, sugar and water, abound. By first muddling orange and cherry, this fruity version, graced with a splash of club soda, is decidedly uplifting.

  • Two-Hit Fig Punch

    Tim Nusog

    Hudson Baby bourbon shares the spotlight with Sailor Jerry spiced rum in this vibrantly hued punch amplified by fresh figs and navel orange juice. Serve it during one of the year’s last-hurrah barbecues.

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  • 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. Unite bourbon with a bottle of red wine and heighten it with a mélange of cinnamon and star anise, and you’ll have your own recipe to impress guests with.

  • Billionaire

    billionaire cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Among the specialties relished at Employees Only’s New York and Singapore outposts is The Billionaire, Baker’s bourbon shaken with fresh lemon juice and grenadine. From-scratch absinthe bitters are a fittingly luxe touch.

  • Ginger Rabbit

    ginger rabbit cocktail / Tim Nusog

    A rush of fresh ginger invigorates this libation with Basil Hayden’s bourbon and Crème Yvette. Its compellingly spicy personality is further defined by simple syrup infused with star anise and black tea.

  • Man O’ War

    man o' war cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Bourbon and sweet vermouth always make fine companions. Here, the tried-and-true duo welcomes a burst of energizing citrus in the forms of fresh lemon juice and orange cxuraçao.

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  • Beatnik

    beatnik cocktail

     Duggan McDonnell

    Hudson Baby bourbon, Amaro Averna and Ferreira Tawny Port create one powerfully boozy trifecta. After dinner, this is just the silky tipple to settle in with next to a flickering fireplace.

  • Apple Toddy

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     David Wondrich

    Abort 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 fleshy McIntosh.

  • Bourbon Rickey

    bourbon rickey cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Typically the Rickey, a tart heat-shunning highball, is whipped up with gin. But Washington, D.C.’s official quaff also satiates when spawned from bourbon. Melded with lime and club soda, it especially comes to the rescue on Indian summer evenings.