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10 Bourbon Cocktail Recipes

by Justin Greig

No cocktail party is complete without bourbon - it's a delicious addition to a refreshing array of tantalizing beverages.

When choosing the best bourbon brand for each drink, look at the color. Light bourbons accompany fruity ingredients while dark bourbons add robust flavor. Check out Sally's Place spirits guide for more information about what makes liquors unique.

These ten recipes are sure to please you and your guests alike!

1. Fields of Gold

Designed for bourbon lovers, this drink is similar to a whiskey sour.

1 tablespoon honey
1-1/2 teaspoons warm water
3 orange slices, quartered, plus 1 orange wheel for garnish
1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup bourbon

Stir the honey and water until the honey is dissolved. Muddle with the orange slices then add enough ice to fill the shaker, lemon juice, and bourbon. Shake well before straining the liquid into a glass. Garnish with the orange wheel.

2. Southern Cucumber

Stay as cool as a cucumber with this refreshing cocktail.

1/2 cup diced seedless cucumber, plus 1 cucumber spear for garnish
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces ginger ale

Muddle the cucumber and simple syrup before adding bourbon, lemon and lime juices and enough ice to fill a highball glass. Shake well then top with ginger ale and the cucumber spear.

3. The Bobby Boucher

Named for Adam Sandler's character in the film "The Waterboy" this cocktail will be classier than a sports drink, but mighty refreshing.

1/4 ounce cherry liqueur
2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounce Benedictine
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1 orange twist for garnish

Combine the cherry liqueur, bourbon, Benedictine and sweet vermouth then pour it over ice. Strain it into a coupe before adding the garnish.

4. The LiberTea

Sweet and sassy, just like sweet tea - but for grownups.

4 cups water
4 cups lemonade
2 cups hot tea
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup bourbon
1-1/2 cups honey

Prepare the tea with 2 cups water. Steep for 8 minutes. Add 2 cups cold water and lemonade. Chill then add basil, bourbon and honey.

5. Wager

We bet you'll like this drink.

8 to 10 mint leaves, plus 1 large mint sprig for garnish
1-tablespoon turbinado sugar
1/4 ounce chilled club soda
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
2 teaspoons Frangelico
1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

Muddle the mint leaves, turbinado sugar and club soda. Add, bourbon, Frangelico, pineapple juice and pure maple syrup, then shake. Double strain the liquid, and garnish.

6. The Charleston Bog

Use dark bourbon for large flavor.

4 raspberries
8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig
2 lime wedges
1/2 ounce honey syrup
3 ounces bourbon
1-ounce white cranberry juice

Muddle the raspberries, mint leaves, lime wedges and honey syrup. Add bourbon and cranberry juice. Shake, strain and garnish.

7. Bufala Negra

This drink originated in The Oakroom in Louisville, Kentucky, where Al Capone played poker in the 1920s.

4 basil leaves
1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 1/2 ounces chilled ginger ale

Muddle 3 basil leaves, vinegar and simple syrup. Add bourbon and shake well. Strain it before stirring in the ginger ale and garnish.

8. Gentleman Johnson

Jazz singer Dinah Shore’s career and this drink launched from the same Nashville hotel bar.

2 ounces bourbon
5 ounces unsweetened iced tea
1/2 ounce triple sec
1 mint sprig
1 lemon wedge

Over ice, pour bourbon, iced tea and triple sec. Stir then garnish with mint and lemon.

9. Blanca Julep

It's a mint julep with a twist!

8 mint leaves, plus 3 mint sprigs
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce chilled club soda
1 lime wedge

Muddle the mint, lime juice and simple syrup. Add bourbon and club soda. Swizzle slightly then garnish with mint and lime.

10. Kentucky Cousin

Combine these traditional Southern ingredients for big taste.

4 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig
3 lemon slices
4 brandied cherries
1/2 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces spiced bourbon
½-ounce cherry liqueur
1 ounce chilled brewed iced tea
½-ounce fresh lemon juice

Muddle mint leaves, 2 lemon slices, 3 cherries and simple syrup. Add bourbon, cherry liqueur, tea and lemon juice. Shake then garnish with the mint, lemon slice and cherry.

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