5 Must-Try Bourbon Cocktails for Your Next Holiday Gathering

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1. Old Fashioned

1. Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is the granddaddy of all bourbon cocktails, and for good reason. It's a testament to the timeless allure of bourbon, with a recipe that's as simple as it is sublime. Mixing bourbon with a touch of sugar, bitters, and a twist of citrus, it's a cocktail that's both robust and refreshing.

Ingredients are key in an Old Fashioned, and quality matters. A good bourbon is the foundation, but don't overlook the importance of the right bitters and a fresh orange peel for garnish. Here's a quick rundown:

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1/2 tsp loose sugar)
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange twist for garnish
Remember, the goal is to enhance the bourbon's flavor, not overpower it. The sugar and bitters are there to complement, not compete.

Whether you're hosting a New Year's Eve bash or a cozy holiday dinner, an Old Fashioned is a versatile choice. It pairs wonderfully with a range of appetizers, from the classic Bacon-Wrapped Dates to the more adventurous Whiskey-Glazed Meatballs. And if you're feeling particularly festive, why not explore monthly subscriptions for tequila, mezcal, rum, and bartender services to keep the spirits flowing?

2. Mint Julep

2. Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is more than just a cocktail; it's a Southern tradition steeped in history. Imagine yourself on a hot summer day, the air thick with the scent of fresh mint, as you sip on this classic concoction. The key to a perfect Mint Julep is in its simplicity.

To craft this refreshing cocktail, you'll need a few essential ingredients and a muddler to gently coax the minty essence into your drink. Here's a quick rundown:

Remember, the Mint Julep is as much about the experience as it is about the taste. Take your time to enjoy the preparation and savor each sip.

Whether you're at the Kentucky Derby or just lounging on your porch, a well-made Mint Julep can transport you to a place of genteel relaxation. So, grab your silver cup, and let's get muddling!

3. Manhattan

3. Manhattan

The Manhattan is a cocktail that proves simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. A perfect blend of whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters, it's a drink that says, 'I'm classy' without trying too hard. Stirred, not shaken, this concoction is all about preserving the integrity of its ingredients.


  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry (for garnish)
The key to a sublime Manhattan is the balance between the warmth of the whiskey and the sweet, herbal notes of the vermouth. A dash of bitters adds complexity, making each sip a little adventure in a glass.

While some may argue over the best whiskey for a Manhattan, the truth is, it's all about personal preference. Whether you're a bourbon buff or a rye radical, the Manhattan is a testament to the beauty of bourbon cocktails. So, grab your mixing glass and let's make cocktail history.

4. Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is the perfect blend of sour and sweet, a testament to the bartender's alchemy. Bold in flavor, yet remarkably balanced, this cocktail is a true classic that has stood the test of time. It's a drink that can be as simple or as complex as the maker desires, but always delivers on taste.

To craft a Whiskey Sour, you'll need just a few basic ingredients:

  • Bourbon or rye whiskey
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Optional: egg white for frothiness

Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled glass. For those who dare, an egg white can be added to the mix to create a frothy top layer that adds a silky texture to the drink.

The Whiskey Sour is not just a cocktail; it's a canvas for creativity. Explore creative whiskey and fruit cocktails like Whiskey Sour with a Berry Burst, Citrus Whiskey Smash, and Tropical Whiskey Punch for a refreshing and flavorful experience.

5. Boulevardier

5. Boulevardier

Step into the sophisticated world of the Boulevardier, a cocktail that whispers of old-world charm and modern flair. Bold in flavor and simple in construction, this drink is a twist on the classic Negroni, substituting gin for bourbon, which gives it a warmer, deeper character perfect for holiday gatherings.

  • 1 part bourbon
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part Campari

Stir these ingredients over ice, strain into a chilled glass, and garnish with a twist of orange peel. The result? A harmonious blend of sweet, bitter, and boozy that's sure to elevate any festive occasion.

The Boulevardier is not just a cocktail; it's a statement. A declaration of taste that stands out in the sea of holiday beverages.

As you explore the world of Scotch and Bourbon, from shakedowns to on the rocks debates, remember that the Boulevardier is a testament to the satisfaction of timeless spirits. Sip and savor this cocktail, and let it be the highlight of your next holiday gathering.

Dive into the world of classic cocktails with our feature on the Boulevardier. This sophisticated blend of whiskey, vermouth, and Campari is a must-try for any connoisseur. Visit our website to explore the rich history, variations, and perfect pairings of this timeless drink. Don't let a temporary glitch keep you from expanding your cocktail repertoire—refresh the page or contact us if you need assistance. Your next favorite drink awaits!