Soar Through The Rest Of Summer With These 10 Fantastic Bourbon Cocktails

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By Cooking Panda

We’re celebrating Bourbon Heritage Month all throughout September. Want to join us? Here’s everything you need to know about Bourbon Heritage Month, plus the right way to taste bourbon.

If you have super awesome bourbon on hand, you might just want to go ahead and drink it straight — at least give it a taste. If you have something that is begging to be mixed into a cocktail, start here:

The Classics

Old Fashioned

Strong, aromatic and slightly sweet, Old Fashioneds are perfect for that good bourbon you want to mix into a cocktail without completely losing the flavors of good booze.

Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sours are easy and simple but always delicious. Ditch that sweet and sour mix you have and make it yourself with nothing more than lemon and sugar.

Mint Julep

This is another one that works well with the good stuff, as the sweet mint allows all kinds of flavors from your bourbon to shine through. Adjust the sugar to taste for a stronger or sweeter drink.

Boulevardier

A little Campari and sweet vermouth will play well with your whiskey for a rich, bittersweet cocktail that is perfect for fall.

Manhattan

This classic sweet, aromatic and balanced cocktail is perfect with any bourbon you have but goes especially well if you have something with floral notes, like rye. Love the aromatics? Add in a few extra dashes of bitters.

Want to mix it up with something a little unusual? Check these out.

The Unusual Refreshers

Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea

For some reason bourbon and peach preserves were just made for each other.

Frozen Mint Julep

If you love Mint Juleps but are craving something even more refreshing to get you through the last of the summer heat, you’ve come to the right place.

Strawberry Whiskey Sour

Similar to a regular one, but with an extra-special strawberry lemonade spin.

Honey Whiskey Lemonade

The thyme really adds a special note of complexity, although you can totally swap it out for something like basil, mint or rosemary. Don’t have honey whiskey? No problem. Just add a little extra honey (or simple syrup) to taste.

Rosemary Peach Maple Leaf

Tart, bright, earthy and sweet, this cocktail is great with something a little smoky.

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10 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know

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By Cooking Panda

Wow your guests with these timeless cocktails, because whiskey never goes out of style.

1. Old Fashioned

There’s a reason this classic cocktail is as popular as ever, and it’s not because of Don Draper. It truly is a classic, delicious drink. Instead of using a whole orange wedge, we recommend just muddling the cherry and sugar. Garnish with another cherry and a twist of orange rind, and you’re in business. If you’re feeling daring, (carefully) light it on fire to enhance the aroma like this.

2. Sazerac

If you have been wondering what to do with that absinthe you have lying around, grab some rye and try this sweet, herbal recipe!

3. Manhattan

Ah, the Manhattan. If you can get your hands on high quality Luxardo cherries, absolutely do it – it’s totally worth it. But if they are a little too pricey or hard to find, regular maraschino cherries or a twist work just as well.

4. Mint Julep

If you feel like drinking your whiskey straight but want something a little refreshing, try adding mint and simple syrup to it, grab your fancy hat, and head on over to the Derby.

5. Whiskey Sour

Put down that sweet and sour mix and make your own. It’s super easy and tastes way better.

6. Boston Sour

A slight variation on the whiskey sour, the Boston sour has been around just as long as its cousin – maybe even longer. All you do is shake up some egg whites for a slightly creamier drink. It might sound a little crazy, but we love it and think you will too.

7. Penicillin

Feeling a little under the weather? Mix up some scotch, lemon, honey and ginger and you’ll be better in no time.

8. Hot Toddy

We love a good Hot Toddy with brandy, a cinnamon stick, and an orange slice, but the beauty of this drink is that you can make it however you want. We suggest adding your whiskey or brandy a couple minutes after the rest of the ingredients, so that the boiling water doesn’t cook out any of that valuable alcohol.

9. Brown Derby

If you are looking for something strong, sour and refreshing, try this Old Hollywood bourbon and grapefruit cocktail.

10. Irish Coffee

Need a pick-me-up? Make a mug of Irish coffee. It’s also great with Irish cream like Bailey’s – just cut back on the brown sugar, since Irish cream is already sweet.

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