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3 Essential Cocktails to Celebrate National Bourbon Day

Some purists will argue that bourbon is best consumed neat, but we beg to differ. When combined with different supporting elements, bourbon’s varied sides to its complex flavor profile are able to be appreciated more fully. Whether you like it spirit-forward in a classic Old Fashioned, sweetened in a fruity punch or heated up in a Hot Toddy, there’s a bourbon drink to satisfy every palate.  To celebrate this honorary drink here are three essential cocktails you can whip up for you or your customers on National Bourbon Day! 

Expense of Honesty​​​​​​​

Expense of honesty cocktail

This Old Fashioned riff splits the difference between several elements. It combines bourbon with two types of rum, uses honey as well as sugar and employs both Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. That’s one way to make everyone happy.


  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce añejo rum
  • 1/2 ounce rum
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp demerara sugar
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • garnish: orange twist



Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an expressed orange twist.


What's Up Doc

What's up Doc cocktail with garnish

Add a little bourbon to your juice cleanse. This cocktail makes the most out of nature’s bounty to highlight bourbon’s complex flavors. Shake fresh carrot-ginger juice, bourbon, Fernet-Branca and fresh lemon juice with ice, then strain and serve with a rosemary or thyme sprig.


  • 1 3/4 ounces bourbon
  • 1/4 ounce Fernet-Branca
  • 1 1/4 ounces fresh carrot-ginger juice*
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • garnish: rosemary or thyme sprig


Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Double-strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with rosemary or thyme sprig.

*Carrot ginger juice: Combine fresh-pressed carrot and ginger juice in a 5:1 ratio of carrot to ginger. Add sugar to taste.​​​​​​​




Beggar's Banquet

Beggar's banquet cocktail with garnish

Not only can you build this cocktail right in the glass, it’s delicious to boot. Bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice and chilled lager come together to create an effervescent drink that proves that bourbon and beer can play nicely together when combined in the right way. 


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce maple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 ounces lager, chilled
  • garnish: orange half-wheel


Add the bourbon, maple syrup and lemon juice into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with lager and stir gently and briefly to combine. Garnish with an orange half-wheel.