For those of you, who have been around here for a while, know that bourbon is my absolute favorite liquor to drink. I can drink neat, over the rocks, or mixed with some soda, or sweet tea. Today, I have a few cocktail recipes that use this versatile whiskey. You probably have already heard of one or two of them, but I think that the last one just might surprise you a little. So, why don’t you stick around for a bit? Maybe you will find a drink that tickles your fancy, and will want to give the cocktail a whirl. Perhaps I will start the party with one that I can’t live without. Will you join me on this little adventure, or are you going to sit this one out? What else better do you have to do on this rainy day?
Best Damn Sweet Tea Smash:
Simple yet delicious, this riff on a classic cocktail perfectly blends the bite of bourbon and the smoothness of Best Damn Sweet Tea. Try it with muddled mint leaves for a cool, fresh finish.
1) 5 ounces of Best Damn Sweet Tea
2) 1 ounce of Buffalo Trace Bourbon
3) 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice
4) 1/4 ounce of sugar
To Make; Pour Best Damn Sweet Tea over ice into a chilled cocktail glass. Use a mason jar for that southern look. In a cocktail shaker, shake remaining ingredients together with some ice and strain into your glass. Garnish with fresh mint and a lemon wedge. Don’t forget to muddle some mint in the bottom of the shaker for a fresh taste.
Blackberry And Peach Infused Bourbon:
Some spirit lovers may raise an eyebrow to anything that alters the smooth flavor profile of bourbon, but trust me this infusion will keep even the most strict liquor aficionado coming back for more. The classic hints of sweetness in the bourbon are brought to a whole new level once combined with the natural flavors of fresh peach and blackberries. You can enjoy this cocktail infusion on its own over ice, or with a little ginger beer and a sprig of mint. Personally, I would drink it over ice, and forget the ginger beer.
1) 2 peaches, peeled and sliced
2) 1/2 pint of blackberries, cut lengthwise
To Make; Place sliced peaches and blackberries into the bottom of a 1 1/2 pint mason jar, any jar of this size will do just fine, if you don’t have a mason jar. Fill the rest of the jar with a bourbon of your choice, I used Buffalo Trace, but you can use whatever you like. I think the Buffalo Trace has the perfect amount of sweetness to pair well with the fresh fruits. Seal the jar with a lid. Give the mixture a good shake to distribute the ingredients, and let sit in a cool dark place for up to three days, shaking occasionally. After three days, strain ingredients out through a fine mesh strainer, and place your infused bourbon into a sealed jar. Infusion will keep for several weeks after refrigerated.
Woodford Reserve Neat:
Sometimes, the best cocktails are poured straight from the bottle.
1) 2 ounces of Woodford Reserve
To Make, This one is a no brainer. Pour two ounces of Woodford Reserve into a cocktail glass. And enjoy.
Two of Al Capone’s major imports were whiskey and balsamic vinegar, legend has it that he asked his people to make him a cocktail that used both of those ingredients. We went an extra step and included some garden fresh tomatoes. A sweet reminder of the home country. This recipe was adapted from the Bufala Negra cocktail.
1) 2 ounces of Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
2) 2 ounces of Ginger Beer
3) 1/2 an ounce of Simple Syrup
4) 1/2 an ounce of Balsamic Vinegar
5) 3-4 fresh large basil leaves
6) 4-5 cherry tomatoes
To Make; In a cocktail shaker, muddle simple syrup, whiskey, balsamic vinegar, 2 sliced fresh basil leaves, and three chopped cherry tomatoes. Add some ice and shake vigorously for ten seconds, then strain into a rocks glass. Fill glass with fresh ice, and top off with Ginger Beer. Garnish with large basil leaves and one slice of a tomato.
Cherry Bourbon Smash:
What’s not to love about a refreshing soda paired with a delicious spirit? The muddled Maraschinos up the strong flavors in the soda and pairs perfectly with a smooth, oaky bourbon.
1) 1 1/2 ounces of Buffalo Trace Bourbon
2) 1/2 an ounce of lemon juice
3) 2-3 Maraschino Cherries, muddled
4) Dr. Pepper soda
To Make; In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 2-3 maraschino cherries, lemon juice, and bourbon. Add some ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. And top off with the Dr. Pepper soda, enjoy.
This bourbon based cocktail was mixed up with Taylor Swift’s chart topper Bad Blood in mind. It’s a strong drink with a kick of flavor. If your feuding with a friend and in the mood to just kick back and brood, this cocktail is for you.
1) 2 ounces of Bourbon Whiskey
2) Fresh Blood Orange
3) 3 dashes of bitters
4) 1 sugar cube
5) 1 Maraschino Cherry
To Make; Slice the fresh blood orange and put 1-2 slices in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add the sugar cube, then add three dashes of bitters. Use a muddler to slowly crush the sugar into the orange slices with bitters. Pour the mixture into a fresh rocks glass with 1 large ice cube. Add bourbon and stir gently with a swizzle stick. Garnish with blood orange rind and a cherry. Enjoy.
Swap out Moscow for Kentucky with this mule from cooper’s crsft
1) 2 ounces of Cooper’s Craft
2) 1/2 ounce of lime juice
3) 4 ounces of Ginger Beer
4) Lime slices
5) Fresh sprigs of mint
To Make; Add the first three ingredients into an ice filled tin cup, use crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and a fresh mint sprig. Can you resist a good mule?
Remember that pretty cool person you met, that did’nt like root beer floats? Yeah, me neither. Adding some quality bourbon into this classic dessert instantly turns this into a boozy treat, that I know you will fall in love with. How can you go wrong with root beer bourbon and ice cream?
1) 2 ounces of Bourbon
2) 3-4 ounces of root beer
3) 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
4) Blood Orange syrup for a garnish ( optional )
To Make; In a highball glass, combine two ounces of bourbon, with three to four ounces of root beer. Place one to two scoops of ice vanilla ice cream into the glass and drizzle blood orange syrup over the top. Serve with a straw and a sundae spoon. Enjoy, see, now you can have bourbon whiskey for dessert, how do you like the sound of that.
To Make Blood Orange Syrup: Combine 1/2 of an ounce of blood orange juice and 1/2 a cup of sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved completely. Once cooled pour syrup into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Great on bourbon floats, ice cream, and more.
Now do you see why my heart belongs to bourbon? Perhaps you can find some room in your heart for Bourbon, and join me for a cocktail or two.
Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive, the life you save may very well be your own. Sincerely: John D. Have a blessed day my friends.