Beyond the Old-Fashioned: 20 Innovative Whiskey and Bourbon Cocktail Recipes
Even if you don't consider yourself a whiskey drinker, we're sure you'll love these whiskey and bourbon cocktails. Ranging from sweet and sparkling to subtly earthy, these drinks will have everyone ordering another round.
One of the most classic bourbon cocktails is a Mint Julep, pictured here. Our three-ingredient recipe—made with bourbon and mint—gets a bright, welcome twist thanks to lemon simple syrup. Of course, you don't just have to wait for the Kentucky Derby to have one; you can start enjoying this festive drink as soon as the weather turns—or sooner if you're inclined. Another whiskey drink that makes use of homemade simple syrup is our gorgeous Victory Garden Cocktail, which gets earthy accents from thyme and rosemary sprigs. Whiskey, brandy, lemon juice, and bitters are combined in a cocktail shaker with ice and served on the rocks for a truly refreshing beverage that packs a punch.
Looking for something a little sweeter to pair with dessert? Try a classic with a twist: Maple Irish Coffee. The caffeinated boozy beverage made with Irish whiskey is flavored with a combination of pure vanilla extract and pure maple syrup. One sip and you'll wonder why you haven't been enjoying this pairing all along. Whiskey also pairs especially nicely with tea and lemon, as evidenced in the tried and true Hot Toddy. Want something to help you cool down? We have two versions of an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade) that you'll absolutely love—an Orange-and-Lemon Iced Tea and Kentucky Half-and-Half. Both get a burst of sunshine with a citrus flavor, making either the perfect choice on a hot summer day.
What are you waiting for? It's time to make a toast and enjoy these whiskey-and bourbon-based cocktails.
Maple Irish Coffee
Victory Garden Cocktail
Orange-and-Lemon Iced Tea
This classic cocktail can be served in a martini glass for a sophisticated touch. Don't forget the cherry garnish!
A classic mixed drink, this whiskey cocktail is made with orange juice, lemon juice, and triple sec. It's finished off with a buoy-like cherry floating on top.
A New Orleans original, this drink is best when made with rye whiskey, but top-shelf bourbon works, too. It's accented with anise-flavored liqueur and bitters.
Making this traditional cocktail is simple; it's equal parts of whiskey or bourbon, club soda, and ginger ale.
This cocktail is practically begging to be sipped while sitting on a sunny porch swing. Simply combine lemon juice, whiskey, and simple syrup and pour over ice.
The Big Apple
Bourbon and Ginger
A spritz of fresh lime juice gives a citrusy finish to this effervescent, two-ingredient cocktail made with bourbon and ginger ale.
Sparkling Red-Wine Cocktails
Citrus Arnold Palmer with Bourbon
English breakfast tea and bourbon, complemented by citrus, make this drink as unique as it is delicious.
Peach and Blackberry Muddle
Fresh summer fruit is complemented by large sprigs of mint in this bourbon-based cocktail.
Cranberry Old-Fashioned, Cider Smash, and American in Paris
This drink marries bourbon with the tart flavor of cranberry. It's strong, so you may want to add an extra tablespoon or two of water when muddling.