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20 Best Bourbon Cocktail Recipes That Everyone Will Love (Promise)

When you picture bourbon and whiskey, what comes to mind? Bonfires and campgrounds, buffalo plaid, a cozy knit blanket, and maybe some softly falling snow, right? But bourbon is delicious 365 days a year—it all depends on the type of bourbon you choose and how you shake (or stir) it up for a cocktail.

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    Bourbon Punch From Basil Hayden®

    Bourbon Punch From Basil Hayden®

    Food52

    Test Kitchen Notes Starring Basil Hayden® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, this punch is party-ready in a snap—it's bright, refreshing, and (the best part) comes together in about five minutes. All have...

    Passion Fruit Bourbon Sour

    Passion Fruit Bourbon Sour

    Food52 - Max Rappaport

    Author Notes Passion fruit is absolutely iconic in the fruit world: tart and sweet, with one of the most intense tropical fruit flavors out there. It’s no wonder it’s a classic addition to cocktails of...

    Cherry Bourbon Smash

    Cherry Bourbon Smash

    Food52 - Max Rappaport

    Author Notes Is there any cocktail more refreshing on a scorching, arid summer day than a bourbon smash? In this cocktail, Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is infused with fresh muddled cherries,...

    Bourbon Cocoa Cider

    Bourbon Cocoa Cider

    Food52 - Apartment Bartender

    Test Kitchen Notes This isn't your average apple cider: Here, Basil Hayden’s bourbon and a dash of créme de cacao bring a little extra warmth to the fall classic. This recipe is shared in partnership Basil...

    Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger

    Bourbon, Orange, and Ginger

    Food52 - inpatskitchen

    Author Notes I love ginger and when it's combined with orange and a little booze, it makes for a great cocktail! —inpatskitchen Test Kitchen Notes WHO: If inpatskitchen is cooking Chickpea Bolognese or...

    Spiced Pear Bourbon Collins

    Spiced Pear Bourbon Collins

    Food52 - Apartment Bartender

    • Prep time 1 minute • Cook time 1 minute • Makes 1 cocktail 2 ounces bourbon • 1/2 ounce St. George spiced pear liqueur • 1/2 ounce honey syrup • 1 ounce lemon juice • 2 ounces soda water • 1 sprig rosemary,...

    Golden Hour Cocktail From Basil Hayden®

    Golden Hour Cocktail From Basil Hayden®

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    Author Notes In this cocktail, a well-balanced bourbon like Basil Hayden® shines, and is complemented by the bittersweet citrus and herbal character from the other ingredients. —Food52 Test Kitchen Notes...

    Bourbon Old Fashioned

    Bourbon Old Fashioned

    Food52 - Carey Jones

    Author Notes While pleasantly strong, a classic Old Fashioned is a super-likable cocktail, with just enough sweetness to amp up bourbon’s warm vanilla-caramel notes. For a slightly richer version, swap...

    Holiday Manhattan

    Holiday Manhattan

    Food52 - gingerroot

    Author Notes We recently had dinner at the home of some friends. I asked if I could bring anything, and my friend, who had heard that I enjoyed making cocktails, wondered if I had any fun Christmas cocktails...

    Mint Julep

    Mint Julep

    Food52 - Erik Lombardo

    Author Notes The classic mint julep recipe is probably most closely associated with the Kentucky Derby—the iconic annual horse race held the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs—but it makes a great...

    Paper Plane Cocktail

    Paper Plane Cocktail

    Food52 - Ali Slagle

    Author Notes Courtesy of Sam Ross of New York's Little Branch. —Ali Slagle Prep time 5 minutes • Makes 1 3/4 ounce bourbon • 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino • 3/4 ounce Aperol • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon...

    Boo Radley

    Boo Radley

    Food52 - Marian Bull

    Author Notes This cocktail comes from bartender Chris Hannah, courtesy of PUNCH. —Marian Bull Serves 2 2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon • 3/4 ounce Cynar • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering • Lemon or orange peel, to Add...

    Tipsy Arnold Palmer

    Tipsy Arnold Palmer

    Food52 - Samantha Weiss Hills

    Author Notes If you ask a group of golfers to tell you how the Arnold Palmer came to life, they’ll tell you a few dozen stories. And we like a drink that’s got a good story—plus the bite of bourbon. —Samantha...

    Crimson Bulleit Punch

    Crimson Bulleit Punch

    Food52 - Oui, Chef

    Author Notes This elixir has everything I look for in a holiday punch, a delicious ruby red color, the effervescence of champagne, a hint of ginger spice, and enough sweetness (but not too much) to coax...

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    Food52 - Coral Lee

    Author Notes In my digging to understand what makes a hot toddy a hot toddy to people, the most common response I got was that it must “be hot.” (That’s it? Really?) So, already back to square one, I in...

    Apple Peel Bourbon

    Apple Peel Bourbon

    Food52 - Marian Bull

    Author Notes This is the best, and booziest, way to use apple peels. I got the idea from Tara Duggan's "Root to Stalk" (Ten Speed, 2013). Tara suggests serving it over ice, topped with ginger beer and...

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