Bourbon Drinks Recipes

Bourbon cocktails are classic: think Manhattan, old fashioned, and mint julep. Find 60+ trusted recipes for these and other bourbon drinks here.

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Shaggy's Manhattan

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
Use good quality bourbon and sweet vermouth.

The John Collins Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 2
Similar to a Tom Collins, the John Collins is made with bourbon whiskey instead of gin, but still mixes in lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda to make a refreshing cocktail. Serve with straws.

Old Fashioned Cocktail

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
The earliest version of this cocktail was simply water, sugar, bitters, and booze. Over time, the water became ice, the booze became whiskey, and the drink became an old fashioned.

Mint Julep Cocktail

Rating: 4 stars 6
The Mint Julep deserves to be enjoyed all summer long, so do yourself a favor and try this refreshing classic cocktail before and after the Kentucky Derby.

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Classic Old Fashioned

Rating: 4.5 stars 79
One of the great classic bourbon cocktails, the Old Fashioned was invented in Louisville, KY. Try bourbon, rye, or a blended whiskey in this cocktail. You can also sub one sugar cube for the simple syrup.

Mint Juleps

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Sit on the front porch in your rocking chair on a sultry afternoon and sip on one or two of these. The proper way to serve a mint julep is in a frozen silver goblet, but you can use glasses insteadu002du002djust use the most elegant ones you have! You can make the syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for whenever the julep mood strikes you.

Maker's Mark® Old Fashioned

Straightforward and timeless, an Old Fashioned cocktail never goes out of style. A simple combination of Maker's Mark® Bourbon, bitters, sugar and a splash of water–just garnish your masterpiece with an orange slice and a cherry on top - and you've got the perfect drink. Serve it on poker night, game day, or enjoy as a perfect after-work drink.
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Simple Mint Julep

Rating: 5 stars 1
The whiskey varies by state - Kentucky uses bourbon, Georgia favors peach brandy and in next door Maryland it is rye. Take your choice.

Bourbon Slush

Rating: 4.5 stars 91
A fruity blend of juices, tea and bourbon whiskey are frozen into a slush, and then served topped off with lemon lime soda. This takes a while, but it's worth it!


Rating: 4 stars 10
This classic East Coast cocktail--slightly, but not overpoweringly, sweet--is shaken, not stirred.

Old-Fashioned Swedish Glogg

Rating: 5 stars 31
My grandfather brought this recipe over from Sweden in 1921. We still use it today. God Jul.

Inspiration and Ideas

Classic Old Fashioned
Rating: Unrated 83
"Amazing drink—and my standby selection. If Don Draper loves them, why can't you?" – Laura
Rating: Unrated 13
"How can you not like a Manhattan any way it comes?" – Marianne
Frozen Derby Mint Juleps
Rating: 5 stars 2

Perfect for Derby Day or any day spent lounging in the sun, these cool refreshing drinks are dangerously delicious! Garnish with fresh mint.