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13 Bourbon Drinks That Highlight The Flavor Of The Spirit
Vieux Carré
The French vieux carré is quite a boozy cocktail. The star spirit is traditionally rye, but you can easily highlight your favorite bourbon in the drink instead.
The sweetness from the bourbon, cognac, and benedictine and the bitterness from the Punt e Mes and bitters is a beautiful balance, making you eager to go back sip after sip.
Bourbon Sweet Tea
Boozy sweet tea has been around for centuries. The addition of bourbon will work to enhance the tea's sweet flavor with subtle notes of fruit and spice.
Whiskey Sour
The whiskey sour is the perfect combo of sweet and sour; it features a beautiful balance of sweetness from the bourbon and the simple syrup, with the sour lemon juice.
The simplicity of this drink makes it a beautiful choice to highlight the flavor of bourbon. For the classic whiskey sour, add shaken egg white and garnish with a cherry on top.
John Collins
A Tom Collins is made with gin, lemon juice, syrup, and soda water garnished with a lemon twist and a cherry. Swapping out the gin for bourbon makes it a John Collins.
The John Collins has more depth of flavor and spice, turning something light and refreshing into something equally as thirst-quenching but with a little more warmth and complexity.
Kentucky Mule
The Moscow mule combines vodka, ginger beer or ginger ale, and lime juice. To make it a more flavor-forward spirit, swap in bourbon and make it a Kentucky Mule.
The sweet tones of maple, sweet oak, and nutmeg in the bourbon are a nice balance to the spice of the ginger, making for a beautifully balanced sip.