5 Must-Try Bourbon Cocktails for Your Next Holiday Party

1. Old Fashioned

bourbon cocktail Old Fashioned at holiday party

The Old Fashioned is a cocktail that has stood the test of time, not just surviving but thriving through the Prohibition era and into the hearts of bourbon lovers everywhere. This drink is a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance, making it a top choice for any holiday party. To whip up this timeless classic, you'll need just a few ingredients: bourbon, sugar, water, and bitters.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Place a sugar cube in a glass.
  2. Saturate with bitters and a splash of water.
  3. Muddle until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add bourbon.
  5. Stir well and garnish with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry.

Cheers to a fantastic night ahead!

2. Mint Julep

holiday party bourbon cocktail Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is not just a drink, it's a southern tradition. Steeped in history and packed with flavor, this cocktail is a staple at any holiday party, especially if you're aiming to impress with some old-school charm. Mint Julep is a classic bourbon cocktail with mint and simple syrup, perfect for hot summer days. Here’s how you can make your guests swoon with a perfect Mint Julep:

  1. Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice.
  2. Add a tablespoon of simple syrup and a few mint leaves.
  3. Pour over 2 oz of bourbon.
  4. Stir well and garnish with more mint.
Remember, the key to a great Mint Julep is in the quality of the bourbon and the freshness of the mint. Choose your ingredients wisely!

3. Manhattan

holiday party bourbon cocktail Manhattan

The Manhattan is a classic cocktail that whispers of old New York sophistication. Traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters, this drink is a testament to the idea that the best things in life are often the simplest. Stirred, not shaken, the Manhattan is served in a chilled glass with a maraschino cherry as the crowning touch. Whether you're hosting a festive gathering or just winding down after a long day, the Manhattan is a stylish choice that never goes out of fashion.

  • Ingredients: Whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters
  • Glassware: Chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry
Remember, the key to a perfect Manhattan is in the balance of flavors, so don't skimp on quality ingredients!

4. Whiskey Sour

holiday party bourbon whiskey sour cocktail

The Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail that perfectly balances the boldness of bourbon with the zesty brightness of lemon juice and the subtle sweetness of simple syrup. This cocktail is not just a drink; it's a harmonious symphony in a glass. Prepare to pucker up, because this drink brings a punch that can liven up any holiday party.

  • Ingredients:

    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
    • Ice
    • Lemon slice and cherry for garnish
  • Instructions:

    1. Fill a shaker with ice.
    2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
    3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
    4. Strain into a chilled glass.
    5. Garnish with a lemon slice and a cherry.
The key to a perfect Whiskey Sour is in the balance of its ingredients. Too much lemon, and you'll be squinting all night; too little, and it's just bourbon on the rocks.

5. Boulevardier

holiday party bourbon cocktail Boulevardier

If you're looking to add a splash of sophistication to your holiday party, the Boulevardier is your go-to cocktail. This charming concoction is a delightful blend of bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari, garnished with an orange twist. The perfect balance of sweet and bitter, this drink is sure to impress your guests with its deep red hue and complex flavor profile.

The Boulevardier is not just a cocktail; it's an experience that combines the boldness of bourbon with the nuanced bitterness of Campari.

Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:

  1. Pour 40ml of bourbon.
  2. Add 20ml of sweet vermouth.
  3. Mix in 20ml of Campari.
  4. Stir well and garnish with an orange twist.
  5. Serve over good ice and enjoy the evening!

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