On June 14, World Bourbon Day is here! How better to celebrate this wondrous holiday than to make one of these classic and contemporary Bourbon cocktails.
Just a few facts about Bourbon before we get down to cocktail making:
- Bourbon must be made with at least 51% percent corn,
- Bourbon must be aged in new charred American Oak barrels
- Bourbon must be made in the USA
Now let’s get down to some cocktail making!!
The Lush List of Great Bourbon Cocktails
We have to begin with the most ordered cocktail in the world, so simple and so easy – the Old Fashioned. This iconic cocktail can be made with almost any dark spirit now, but in my opinion, it should always be made with Bourbon. There is a rumor that it was invented at The Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky and I love it. If you want to hear that story, then tune into Lush Life’s episode!
I love that this cocktail may have been invented for Jennie Jerome, Winston Churchill’s mother, while she was in New York at an event at the Manhattan Club. Just take an Old-Fashioned and stir in some Sweet Vermouth. Add a cherry and there’s your cocktail.
A mix of Bourbon, citrus and sugar and there you have it – the Bourbon Sour. For the more adventurous, add in an egg yolk! Make sure you dry shake it first (without ice) before you add the ice to shake it again. It will be much more foamy!
Born in Paris to an American, The Boulevardier cocktail takes a Negroni and replaces the gin with Bourbon. With only three ingredients, it couldn’t be easier! A perfect aperitif!
And they’re off! If you are hearing those words, you are definitely sipping a Mint Julep, the drink of choice at the Kentucky Derby. A classic Bourbon Cocktail and so easy with its combination of mint, sugar and Bourbon. Just make sure you have the signature silver Julep cup and loads of crushed ice.
On those cold nights, you need a hot drink to keep you toasty. Nothing better than this Bourbon recipe to warm you up in no time!
The Name of the Rose
Try your hand at making this Bourbon cocktail invented by Stroo Olofsson of Blade Salon. He promises that, as the ice melts, the rose flavors will increase and enhance the cherry notes of Maraschino, as well as the floral notes of the Bourbon!
This Bourbon cocktail recipe has you pouring your cocktail through a coffee filter before sipping. Noah Dorian Matthies from El Baron Cafe and Liquor Bar in Cartagena, has created an other-worldly cocktail recipe you can make at home. The hard part is finding that perfect ball of ice!
Inspired by the Himalayan mountains, this recipe for the Third Pole cocktail, by Lauren Mote, will have you climbing mountains before you know it! Photo by Leila Kwok
New York Sour – A Bourbon recipe you can try right now!
- 2 oz Bourbon
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- 3/4 oz Simple syrup
- 1/2 oz Red wine
- 1 Egg white (optional)
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