5 Must-Try Holiday Bourbon Cocktails That Will Keep Your Spirits Bright

1. Bourbon Eggnog

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Nothing screams holiday cheer quite like a creamy glass of Bourbon Eggnog. This delightful concoction combines the rich flavors of traditional eggnog with the bold kick of bourbon, making it a favorite at any festive gathering. Whether you're cozying up by the fire or hosting a grand holiday party, this drink is sure to keep spirits bright and merry.

To whip up this festive beverage, you'll need some basic ingredients like eggs, sugar, milk, cream, and, of course, a good splash of bourbon. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs until smooth.
  2. Gradually add sugar, and continue beating until dissolved.
  3. Stir in milk and cream, blending well.
  4. Finally, stir in the bourbon, adjusting the amount to taste.

Serve chilled, garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon for that extra holiday touch. Remember, the key to a perfect Bourbon Eggnog is in the balance of flavors, so don’t shy away from experimenting a little to find your ideal mix!

2. Old Fashioned

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The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic that never goes out of style, especially during the holiday season. This cocktail is a perfect blend of bourbon, sugar, water, and bitters, garnished with a twist of orange or a cherry for that extra festive touch. The simplicity of the Old Fashioned allows the bourbon to shine, making it a favorite among whiskey enthusiasts.

To make a perfect Old Fashioned, you'll need:

  1. A sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  2. 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  3. A splash of water
  4. 2 oz bourbon
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Orange twist or cherry for garnish

Gently muddle the sugar, bitters, and water in a glass until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the bourbon and ice, and stir well. Garnish with an orange twist or a cherry. Enjoy this classic cocktail by the fireplace and let the holiday spirit warm you from the inside out.

3. Bourbon Apple Cider

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When the leaves start to fall and the air gets crisp, it's the perfect time to whip up a batch of Bourbon Apple Cider. This delightful concoction marries the sweet and tart flavors of apple cider with the rich, warming notes of bourbon, creating a cocktail that's as festive as it is delicious. To make this holiday favorite, simply combine apple cider, bourbon, a touch of cinnamon, and a slice of apple for garnish. Serve it warm to keep the chill at bay, or over ice for a refreshing twist. Not only is this cocktail a hit at parties, but it's also a wonderful way to indulge in the season's best flavors. So, gather your ingredients and let the merrymaking begin!

4. Hot Toddy

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When the weather outside is frightful, a Hot Toddy is so delightful! This classic winter cocktail is a warm embrace on a cold evening. Traditionally made with bourbon, honey, lemon, and hot water or tea, it's not just tasty but also often hailed as a remedy for the common cold. Prepare your own Hot Toddy by heating the water or tea first, then simply adding the bourbon, honey, and a squeeze of lemon. Stir well and garnish with a cinnamon stick or a lemon slice for that extra touch of comfort. It's the perfect drink to cozy up with by the fire!

5. Bourbon Pumpkin Spice

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As the leaves turn and the air chills, nothing warms the heart quite like a Bourbon Pumpkin Spice cocktail. This festive concoction blends the rich, smooth notes of bourbon with the quintessential flavors of fall—pumpkin and spices. Prepare to be the star of any holiday gathering with this delightful drink in hand.

To make this cocktail, you'll need:

  • Bourbon (of course!)
  • Pumpkin puree
  • A mix of autumn spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
  • Sweetener of choice (sugar, honey, or maple syrup)
  • Cream or milk, for richness

Simply mix the ingredients, adjust to taste, and serve chilled or over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of nutmeg to elevate the presentation. Cheers to a drink that's as festive as it is delicious!

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