November 26, 2014 12:00 PM


“Choose a brand with easy drinkability and the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.”

Suggested Bourbon: Pinhook


“You can taste the bourbon enough in this drink to please a bourbon lover—but not so much as to scare off the uninitiated.”

Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice. Add 1½ oz. bourbon, ½ oz. lime juice and ½ oz. maple syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass. Top with 1 to 1½ oz. ginger beer. Garnish with lime, if desired.

Suggested Bourbon: Old Crow


“It’s a sweet and approachable aperitif. This is just the drink to greet your guests at the door.”

Combine ¾ oz. bourbon, ¼ oz. cassis and 1 to 2 dashes bitters in a champagne flute. Top with cava or sparkling wine. Garnish with orange twist, if desired.

Suggested Bourbon: Four Roses Yellow Label


“This drink showcases how effortlessly bourbon can fade into the background.”

Whisk together ¼ oz. honey and ¾ tsp. hot water; set aside. Press 1 tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger through a fine mesh strainer to extract juice; set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice. Add honey mixture, ¾ tsp. ginger juice, 2 to 3 torn mint leaves, 2¼ oz. grapefruit juice, 1 oz. bourbon and ¼ oz. lime juice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into a Collins glass with ice. Garnish with mint sprig, if desired.

Suggested Bourbon: Rebel Yell


“The rich nuttiness of the milk fizz, with only a hint of bourbon, makes for a gorgeous drink.”

Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3 full of ice. Add 1½ oz. bourbon, 1 oz. heavy whipping cream, ½ oz. maple syrup and ¼ oz. almond liqueur. Shake vigorously. Strain over a Collins glass with crushed ice. Top with chilled club soda. Sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg.

Suggested Bourbon: Jack Daniel’s

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