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National Bourbon Month Cocktails

September is National Bourbon Month, so what better way to celebrate than with some of our favorite, classic bourbon cocktails? Tried and true, these are some of the best ways to stir, shake, and sip bourbon!

Manhattan

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  •  Cocktail cherry, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Stir ingredients over ice until chilled, about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into chilled coupe glass. 
  3. Garnish with cherry & enjoy!

 

Source: NYT Cooking

 

 

Bourbon Strawberry Iced Tea

Ingredients: 

  • 2 large fresh strawberries (sliced into quarters)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
  • Unsweetened iced tea, to top
  • Garnish: mint sprig, blueberries, strawberries

 

Instructions:

  1. Add the strawberries and lemon juice into a shaker and gently muddle.
  2. Add the bourbon and simple syrup, add ice, and shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top with unsweetened iced tea.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and skewered blueberries and strawberries.

 

Source: Liquor.com

 

Old-Fashioned

Ingredients: 

  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 bar spoon simple syrup)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 ounces rye or bourbon
  • Orange twist


Instructions:

  1. Muddle the sugar cube and bitters with one bar spoon of water at the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. (If using simple syrup, combine bitters and one bar spoon of syrup.) Add rye or bourbon. Stir.
  2. Add one large ice cube, or three or four smaller cubes. Stir until chilled and properly diluted, about 30 seconds. Slip orange twist on the side of the cube.

 

Source: NYT Cooking

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 ounce pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber 
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice 
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 
  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters 
  • 1/2 orange wheel 
  • 2 ounces bourbon 
  • Ice 
  • 1 1/2 ounces chilled seltzer

 

Instructions:

  1. In a rocks glass, combine the maple syrup with the orange juice, lemon juice and bitters. 
  2. Add the orange wheel and lightly muddle. 
  3. Add the bourbon and stir well. 
  4. Fill the glass with ice and top with the chilled seltzer.

 

Source: Food and Wine

 

Boulevardier

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Garnish: orange twist or cherry


Instructions:

  1. Pour ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. 
  2. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 
  3. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of orange peel.

 

Source: Serious Eats