Bourbon is probably the most popular types of American whiskey, created from barrel-aged distilled corn. Even although it’s an alcoholic drink that you can consume right away, it’s also appropriate for many people cocktail. If you have a bottle of bourbon at home and you want to try some new cocktail recipes, why not try some of these classic recipes?
Most people have most likely heard of this classic cocktail. It consists of whiskey, sugar, Angostura bitters and a garnish of orange (or sometimes cherry) zest. Unlike some cocktails that subdue the whiskey, the old-fashioned is designed to emphasize it and bring out more of the flavour. The use of Angostura bitters – a delicate blend of fruit, spices and herbs – complements the whiskey perfectly without overpowering it. Bourbon is normally better than rye whiskey because of its milder spiciness. Feel free to experiment with different bourbons when making this cocktail.
This same classic cocktail was once a New York favourite (hence the name) and remains popular today around the globe. It is especially made of whiskey and sweet vermouth with a hint of bitterness (Angostura bitters also make a perfect choice here). It is garnished with cherries. It is served in a classic cocktail glass and like the old fashioned is probably the most popular whiskey based cocktails. Some mixologists will argue that you should only use grain whiskey for Manhattan, but many people prefer bourbon because it’s less strong. This post lists a few great bourbon to work with in Manhattan.
The paper airplane cocktail has a bright pink-orange color that’s the result of whiskey, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and lemon juice. Developed in 2007, this is a comparatively new cocktail, but it has become popular amongst cocktail bars across the country. Ideal for all occasions, it’s sweet and subtle while still offering a tart, nutty flavour. This guide explains precisely how to make a paper airplane cocktail.
The mint julep is a southern drink made popular by the Kentucky Derby. It contains bourbon, mint leaves and sugar syrup. This is then served in a julep tin (you can use a highball glass instead) with crushed ice. The incorporation of mint leaves makes for a really refreshing cocktail perfect for warm summer days. This Classic mint julep recipe explains precisely how to make this drink.
A whiskey sour is created from whiskey, sugar and plenty of lemon juice. It has a tart lemon flavor brought on by the bitterness of the whiskey. A little egg white is occasionally added which creates a creamy white foam, but this is optional and shouldn’t affect the taste. Whiskey sour can be served in any glass and you can use any whiskey. Bourbon is preferred if you want a milder cocktail – the grain whiskey will likely increase the bitterness. Liek a mint julep, it is a refreshing cocktail for a hot summer day.