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Bourbon's Bright Side

Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

Kentucky's famous whiskey goes down smooth but packs a punch. These cocktails take the edge off while retaining bourbon's robust flavor. Choose a bourbon that's at least 100 proof; Wild Turkey 101 ($20 for 750 ml, wildturkeybourbon.com) is one of our favorites this time of year.

Cranberry Old-Fashioned
This drink marries bourbon and Thanksgiving's signature berry. It's strong, so you may want to add an extra tablespoon or two of water when muddling.

Cider Smash
Sweet and effervescent cider plays off the smokiness of bourbon.

American in Paris
The Manhattan takes on a Continental note with a dash of creme de cassis, a black currant liqueur.

Cheddar Bites
The big aged-cheddar flavor of these little crackers stands up to bourbon cocktails.