5 Holiday Bourbon Cocktails to Keep Your Spirits Bright

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1. Bourbon Eggnog

1. Bourbon Eggnog

When the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, there's no better way to warm your spirits than with a classic Bourbon Eggnog. This creamy concoction is a holiday favorite that combines the rich flavors of bourbon with the sweet and spicy notes of traditional eggnog.

The secret to a perfect Bourbon Eggnog lies in the balance between the spirits and the spices. Too much bourbon, and you'll be singing carols off-key; too little, and you might as well be drinking dessert.

Here's a simple recipe to get you started:

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part eggnog
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg
  • A dash of cinnamon

Mix the bourbon and eggnog in a shaker with ice, strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon. Remember, moderation is key – unless it's the holidays, then all bets are off!

2. Old Fashioned

2. Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is not just a cocktail; it's a testament to the beauty of simplicity. With its roots stretching back to the early 19th century, this libation has stood the test of time, and for good reason. The key to a perfect Old Fashioned is balance: the sweetness of the sugar, the complexity of the bourbon, and the bitterness of the bitters all dance together in harmony.

To craft this timeless drink, one must adhere to the classic recipe with a religious fervor. Here's how you can achieve cocktail nirvana:

  1. Place a sugar cube in a sturdy glass.
  2. Saturate with a few dashes of bitters.
  3. Add a splash of water.
  4. Muddle these ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the bourbon.
  6. Stir gently to chill and combine the flavors.
  7. Garnish with an orange peel, expressing the oils over the drink.
Remember, the Old Fashioned is not a race to the finish line; it's a leisurely stroll through a garden of flavors. Take your time with each step to ensure the highest quality cocktail experience.

Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a curious newcomer, the Old Fashioned offers a rich canvas for experimentation. So go ahead, make your mark on this classic cocktail, but always pay homage to its storied past.

3. Bourbon Apple Cider

3. Bourbon Apple Cider

When the leaves start to turn and the air gets crisp, it's the perfect time to cozy up with a Bourbon Apple Cider. This delightful concoction is a true testament to autumn's bounty, blending the warmth of bourbon with the freshness of apple cider.

To craft this seasonal sipper, you'll need a few simple ingredients:

  • Bourbon (of course!)
  • Fresh apple cider
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A slice of apple and a cinnamon stick for garnish
The key to a perfect Bourbon Apple Cider is the balance between the spicy kick of bourbon and the sweet, tangy apple cider.

Serve it warm or over ice, and watch as it becomes the star of any fall gathering. And remember, the secret ingredient is always a splash of love (or an extra shot of bourbon, depending on who you ask).

4. Kentucky Mule

4. Kentucky Mule

If the Moscow Mule had a Southern cousin, it would be the Kentucky Mule. This refreshing cocktail swaps out vodka for bourbon, giving it a warmer, more robust flavor that's perfect for holiday gatherings. The Kentucky Mule is as easy to make as it is to enjoy, with a simplicity that belies its sophisticated taste.

  • Fill a copper mug with ice.
  • Pour in 2 ounces of bourbon.
  • Add half an ounce of fresh lime juice.
  • Top with ginger beer and stir gently.

The copper mug isn't just for show; it keeps your drink frosty and adds a touch of tradition to your holiday cheer. And speaking of tradition, if you're the type to enjoy a monthly subscription from a website that offers various spirits, you'll appreciate the versatility of bourbon in cocktails like the Kentucky Mule or the classic Mint Julep.

Remember, the key to a perfect Kentucky Mule is the balance between the spicy kick of ginger beer and the smooth finish of your favorite bourbon.

5. Winter Bourbon Smash

5. Winter Bourbon Smash

The Winter Bourbon Smash is the cocktail equivalent of a bear hug: warm, comforting, and slightly hairy if you don't strain it properly. This festive potion combines the richness of bourbon with the bright flavors of seasonal fruit and a hint of mint, making it a holiday favorite for those who like their cheer with a little bit of cheeriness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lemon juice
  • 2 oz Jam (raspberry or strawberry)
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice
The key to a smashing Winter Bourbon Smash is in the muddle. Gently bruise the mint to release its aromatic oils without turning it into an herbal pulp.

To assemble this yuletide delight, start by muddling the mint leaves with the simple syrup and lemon juice in a shaker. Add the jam and bourbon, fill with ice, and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a sprig of mint and a few fresh berries. The result is a cocktail that's as visually appealing as it is delicious, perfect for toasting to good health and great company.

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