Unanimously declared such by the Senate in 2007, September is Bourbon Heritage Month. What makes bourbon different from other whiskeys? By law, its mash must be made of at least 51% corn and aged in charred new oak barrels, lending its trademark sweet-smoky profile that makes it an ideal base from which to build a cocktail. So how are we celebrating the spirited holiday? Here are some of the bourbon cocktails we’ll be mixing to toast America’s native spirit.
This beauty was created by PDT alumni and bartender Nick Brown as a play on Sam Ross’ Paper Plane cocktail.
Maraschino liqueur sweetens a blend of bourbon, Cynar and bitters.
Bar Mash Old Fashioned
The Bar Mash Old Fashioned riff features a staff-selected Four Roses single-barrel bourbon, making for extra-special sipping.
Black Manhattan recipe uses Averna in place of sweet vermouth—a move that inspired bartenders around the country to follow suit.
Brown Derby Cocktail
Named for the restaurants that were a centerpiece of mid-20th century LA, the Brown Derby cocktail has become a familiar mix at bars across the country.
The Bourbon Renewal is one of the most popular cocktails on the menu of Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. It combines bourbon, cassis, bitters, lemon, and gomme syrup for some extra body.
Call It A Night
Averna, PX sherry and a whisper of absinthe bring new flavor to the Manhattan.
An elegant mix of bourbon, rum, lemon and orange.
Good ‘Ol Boy Brown Butter Whiskey Cocktail
Put a little elbow grease into making this brown butter whiskey cocktail, and you’ll be sipping the benefits for weeks to come.
Bourbon and sherry meet banana liqueur and lemon juice.
A tiki drink made with high-proof bourbon.
Coffee milk lends a creaminess to this bourbon and fernet cocktail.
This Toronto remix adds sweet vermouth and honey syrup to the recipe.
Peaches & Herb
A New Orleans take on the classic whiskey sour.
Coffee and chocolate liqueurs play off the richness of bourbon and allspice dram
Walnut Old Fashioned
An old favorite gussied up with the warm complexities of walnut liqueur.
Bourbon meets rye in this contemporary daisy.
Whiskey and pineapple lead the charge in this complex medley.
A delicious homage to Charleston.