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 bourbon 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. Here’s our list of best whiskey cocktails using bourbon! They include classics like the Whiskey Sour and Old Fashioned, to unique spins like the fresh and summery bourbon berry smash.

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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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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