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Bourbon Breakthroughs (15 Most Interesting Bourbon Cocktails)

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Why are Bourbon Cocktails Special?

Bourbon Whisky purists will tell you that Bourbon is best consumed straight or with a single ice cube.  But how can you resist these amazing cocktails?   There are some amazing Bourbon cocktails out here! Bourbon’s varied sides to its complex flavor profile are able to be appreciated more fully in the interesting creations created by expert mixologists all over the world.   We are talking about the superstar of American Whiskey.  Notes of vanilla and oak make bourbon cocktails some of the most complex and intriguing cocktails on the menu.  Whether you like a spirit-forward classic, a sweetened in a summer punch, or Bourbon Sangria, there’s a Bourbon drink to satisfy every palate.

It’s easy to think bourbon on cold days, but don’t let the richness of this spirit fool you.  Explore Bourbon cocktails and you’ll soon discover that there are bold innovative, and interesting concoctions for every season.


Why will Dad love a Bourbon Cocktail for Father’s Day?

  • Bourbon is a classic and timeless spirit that many Dads enjoy
  • A Bourbon Cocktail can be the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and strong flavors that appeal to Dads who appreciate a good Cocktail
  • A carefully prepared Bourbon Cocktail shows that you put thought and effort into choosing something special for your Dad on his special day
  • A Bourbon Cocktail can be a great way to unwind and relax with family and friends

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Is Kentucky Bourbon Special?

Yes it is. Kentucky has 68 distilleries as of 2018, up 250% in the last decade.  More than 7.5 million barrels of Bourbon Whiskey currently sit in Kentucky Rickhouses.  There are more barrels of bourbon  in Kentucky than people!  It’s not an accident that Kentucky Bourbon has become an International sensation.

There is a very specific set of standards to which all bourbon makers must adhere. The Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits state that bourbon made for U.S. consumption must be:

  • Produced in the United States
  • Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
  • Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  • Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)
  • Entered into the container for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)
  • Bottled at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume)




15 Most Interesting Bourbon Cocktails


Sassy Sangria  Sangria does not have to be sweet!  In fact, our Sangria is dry and delicious- AND it is Kick A$$!  Our Sassy Sangria starts with a Marlboro Sauvignon Blanc, bold Kentucky Bourbon and refreshing Ginger Beer.  Sassy Sangria is smooth, and crisp with a wonderful depth of flavor- including notes of Caramel and Vanilla.



Fall Bourbon Cocktail  Bring the spice in every sip with this delicious Fall Bourbon Cocktail. This yummy bourbon cocktail is easy to make and uses fall inspired ingredients that makes it stand out from the rest. With warm notes of pumpkin and bourbon, this cozy fall cocktail makes a fabulous colder weather drink.




Pickleback Cocktail  Combine the popular shot and chaser combo for a fun pickle juice cocktail!  Garnish your Pickleback cocktail with fresh dill and pickle spear.



Bourbon mixed drink with fall flavors

Wicked Bitchcraft  Looking for that warm caramelly taste of Fall?   You’ll love our Bourbon cocktail with tiny pecan, and nutmeg pieces, and an artisan feel.  This is an amazing alchemy of melt-in-your-mouth fall flavors with the Va Va Voom of Bourbon.  Conjure up this Truly ass-kicking Bitchcraft.  (Drink a few of these and they will definitely cast a spell on you )



The Devils not done with me yet   The combination of Bourbon, Apple Cider, and Ginger Beer make the perfect Fall cocktail.  A delicious and cozy Fall libation to refresh your soul, or lead you into temptation!




Bourbon Pear Cocktail  This cozy bourbon pear cocktail features bourbon, sage-infused simple syrup, pear nectar and lime juice topped with crisp ginger beer. It’s an incredible way to enjoy the under-appreciated flavors of fall.



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Twists on the Classic Bourbon Cocktails



Blackberry Mint Julep  This blackberry mint julep puts a fruity spin on the classic mint julep! Fresh mint and blackberries are muddled with simple syrup and bourbon for a fresh and delicious summer cocktail!



Chocolate Old Fashioned  This chocolate old fashioned recipe is perfect for chocolate and bourbon lovers. Made with a homemade chocolate syrup for the richest chocolate flavor.




Kombucha Whisky Sour  A 3-ingredient cocktail that’s lower in sugar than the classic, these kombucha whiskey sour cocktails are refreshing, light, and 100% perfect for summer.


Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour    Looking for a way to spice up a classic whiskey sour? Give this simple cranberry orange whiskey sour variation a try! It’s a perfect cocktail for the holiday season, but it can really go well any time of the year



Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail  Bourbon and pure maple syrup pair up beautifully in this tasty Bourbon Maple Leaf Cocktail.  With just a hint of cinnamon, it’s perfect for Fall sipping!


Classic Bourbon Cocktails


Gold Rush Cocktail  The Gold Rush Cocktail marries bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice in one delicious cocktail. It’s a fabulous and perfectly balanced variation on the traditional whiskey sour.




Paper Plane Cocktail  Because of its wonderfully smooth balance of sour, herbal, sweet, and bitter notes, it’s very easy to fall in love with the Paper Plane cocktail. Made from bourbon, Nonino amaro, and Aperol, its herbal depth is kept bright and refreshing with the addition of fresh lemon juice.




Brown Derby Cocktail  The Brown Derby, a classic cocktail that packs a deceptively delicious punch! This timeless concoction of whiskey, honey, and grapefruit juice is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.





Bourbon Smash   Tangy, tart, and sweet – this Bourbon Smash is the perfect drink no matter what time of year. It’s made with muddled lemons, fresh mint leaves, and a tiny bit of honey for a cool and crisp drink.



Man O’ War  This Man O’ War cocktail is a delicious and classic drink made with a blend of bourbon, Grand Marnier, sweet vermouth, and lemon juice. It’s perfect for any bourbon lover who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors.



Love Bourbon?  It’s in Desserts… that Bourbon really shines!

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Our Collection of Best Bourbon Desserts

You don’t have to be a Kentucky Bourbon lover to enjoy the deep flavor and sweet finish Bourbon adds to a dessert.  It’s in the dessert dishes, that Bourbon really shines. Whether it’s rich Bourbon balls, a decadent Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie, or Smokey Bread Pudding with a Bourbon glaze, Bourbon Desserts pack the flavor.  Make your next dessert special.


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Bourbon Break Throughs

The Best Bourbon Recipes to enjoy this Fall
Course: cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
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