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Here are the best bourbon cocktails for using this popular whiskey! These drinks work for summer, winter, and every time in between.

Bourbon cocktails

Got a great bottle of bourbon whiskey? The sweet notes of vanilla and oak make bourbon drinks some of the most complex and intriguing out there. Of course, you can drink it straight up. But why when there are so many great bourbon cocktails to try? Bourbon works in any season. Though it might feel autumnal with its full-bodied flavor, there choices for summer bourbon cocktails as well.

Here at A Couple Cooks, we prefer bourbon in most of our classic cocktails instead of rye whiskey, because of its smooth and sweet flavor. Below is our list of best whiskey cocktails using bourbon, with classic like the Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned and unique drinks like the Gold Rush or Bourbon Berry Smash. (Prefer browsing by season? Try our top Summer Bourbon Cocktails or Fall Bourbon Cocktails.

And now, our best bourbon cocktails!

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Whiskey sour

21 Best Bourbon Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This easy bourbon sour recipe is perfectly balanced and so easy to make! Garnish with an orange peel and a cocktail cherry.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoons) pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)
  • Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry
  • Ice, for serving (like clear ice)


  1. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a glass. Serve with ice, an orange peel and a cocktail cherry. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Bourbon Cocktails, Bourbon Sour, Summer Bourbon Cocktails, Bourbon Drinks, Whiskey Cocktails

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Another good one is the Graucho Marx: bourbon of choice, dry vermouth, Ginger ale, in a highball glass with a thick slice of orange.

    You can add a large ice cube or if you have the time, stir the bourbon and vermouth with ice before draining into the highball and adding the Ginger ale and Orange

    A great summer cocktail, enjoy