12 Great Bourbon Cocktails

Here are the best bourbon cocktails that make the best of this popular whiskey! These bourbon 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

Classic Bourbon Sour


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

Description

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


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) pure maple syrup (or simple syrup)
  • Garnish: Orange peel and a cocktail cherry
  • Ice, for serving (like clear ice)

Instructions

  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

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

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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