5 Bourbon Cocktails to Spice Up Your Holiday Celebrations

1. Old Fashioned

1. Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is the granddaddy of all bourbon cocktails, and it's as timeless as they come. A true classic, this drink is a testament to the idea that less is more. With just a few ingredients, it's a cocktail that lets the bourbon shine, while a touch of sweetness and bitters complements the spirit's rich flavors.

Sip it slowly and savor the way the ice gradually dilutes the drink, subtly changing its character. Here's a simple breakdown of what you'll need:

  • Bourbon (rye or blended whiskey can also do the trick)
  • A sugar cube or simple syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
The Old Fashioned is not just a drink; it's a rite of passage for any bourbon enthusiast.

Remember, the key to a perfect Old Fashioned is balance. You want just enough sweetness to complement the bourbon, but not so much that it overpowers it. And as for the garnish, a simple orange slice and a maraschino cherry are all you need to add that final touch of elegance.

2. Mint Julep

2. Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is not just a drink, it's a Southern tradition. With its roots firmly planted in the heart of Kentucky, this refreshing cocktail is synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, but it's too good to save for just one day a year. Sipping on a Mint Julep is like taking a leisurely stroll through a field of mint—on horseback.

To make a proper Mint Julep, you'll need a few simple ingredients and a muddler to coax out that minty essence. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar or simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Bourbon (the soul of the drink)

Gently muddle the mint with sugar at the bottom of a chilled glass, fill it with ice, pour over the bourbon, and stir. The result? A concoction that's as smooth as a Southern drawl.

The key to a perfect Mint Julep is not just the recipe, but the ritual. The preparation is almost as soothing as the drink itself.

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3. Manhattan

3. Manhattan

Ah, the Manhattan. A cocktail that says, 'I'm here to impress, but I'm also too sophisticated for those fruity umbrella drinks.' This classic concoction is a suave mix of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters. It's like the James Bond of bourbon cocktails—always dressed to kill.

The key to a perfect Manhattan is the balance between the sweetness of the vermouth and the kick of the whiskey. Here's a simple breakdown of what you'll need:

  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)

Stir the ingredients over ice with the confidence of a seasoned bartender, strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with that cherry. It's a little piece of mixology magic.

The Manhattan is not just a drink; it's a statement. One that whispers of old New York glamour and hushed speakeasy whispers.

4. Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is the maverick of bourbon cocktails, striking a perfect balance between the sweet and the tart. This classic concoction is a testament to the timeless charm of bourbon, with a twist of lemon to keep things interesting.


  • Bourbon or rye whiskey
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Optional: Egg white
  • A dash of Angostura bitters

The preparation is as simple as the drink is delightful. Start by shaking the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. For those who dare, add an egg white to the mix to create a silky texture and a frothy top. Finish with a few dashes of Angostura bitters for that extra layer of complexity.

The Whiskey Sour: a cocktail that proves simplicity can be the ultimate sophistication.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a casual enthusiast, the Whiskey Sour is a versatile choice that can be dressed up or down to suit any holiday occasion. Just remember, the quality of your bourbon will speak volumes in the final taste, so choose wisely!

5. Boulevardier

5. Boulevardier

Step aside, other cocktails, for the Boulevardier is here to claim its rightful place at your holiday table. This sophisticated concoction is like the love child of a Negroni and an Old Fashioned, with bourbon stepping in to give it that warm, festive hug.

The key to a perfect Boulevardier is the balance of flavors. Each ingredient brings its own character to the party: the bourbon or rye whiskey with its bold depth, the Campari with its bitter charm, and the sweet vermouth that smooths over any potential conflicts like a peacemaker.

The Boulevardier is not just a drink; it's a statement. A declaration of good taste and a nod to the classics.

Here's a simple breakdown of what you'll need:

  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (optional)
  • Orange peel for garnish

Mix them with the confidence of a seasoned bartender, and watch your guests' eyes light up with the first sip!

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