Drinks

Bourbon, Bourbon, Everywhere

Twenty knockout cocktail recipes to celebrate the South’s favorite spirit

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Third Man Cocktail

Grapefruit, Campari, and bourbon come together in the perfect summertime sipper.

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photo: Johnny Autry

Bourbon-and-Coke Slushy

A frozen, boozy treat from Atlanta, Georgia.

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photo: MIA YAKEL

The Manhattan

The name is from New York, but the whiskey is all Southern.

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photo: Jacqueline Stofsick

Charleston Brown Water Society Punch

A bourbon party punch from the Holy City.

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photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Mint Julep Slush

Definitive proof that bourbon and ice belong together.

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photo: Margaret Houston

The Evening Edition

A bourbon-and-coffee cocktail from the newly-opened Saint Leo Lounge in Oxford, Mississippi.

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photo: Courtesy of Saint Leo Lounge

Boulevardier

The drink is simply a Negroni that replaces gin with bourbon, which brings sweetness and oaky spice.

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photo: Jacqueline Stofsick

The Commonwealth 

Kentucky’s Ale-8-One gets the cocktail treatment.

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photo: Margaret Houston

Summery Garden Old-Fashioned

Herbs, peaches, and bourbon come together in this riff on an old-fashioned.

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photo: Margaret Houston

The Queen Bee

No Southerner ever puts away the bourbon, even when the weather turns warm. This spring tipple from Atlanta’s One Eared Stag combines bourbon with an easy-to-make thyme-honey syrup that adds lovely herbal flavor, as well as amontillado sherry, the Spanish fortified wine whose nutty, fruity notes are hugely popular in cocktails right now.

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Bourbon & Coke

This “reengineered” version of the classic Southern concoction upgrades it from highball to cocktail by making a Coca-Cola syrup that just lightly flavors a shot of bourbon, the cola sweetness tempered by dashes of Angostura bitters and a swipe of lemon peel.

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photo: Johnny Autry

The Old-Fashioned

The mint julep may be a time-honored guest on the Derby party circuit, but that’s no reason to overlook its equally storied if less flamboyant Kentucky cousin, the old-fashioned. This variation on the classic comes courtesy of 610 Magnolia, a New American bistro located in the heart of historic Old Louisville.

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photo: Johnny Autry

The Ramblin’ Man

The Silver Dollar in Louisville, Kentucky warmly embraces its bluegrass home in this locally-sourced libation made with homemade honey syrup.

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Bourbon “Tea”

The bartenders at Lexington, Kentucky venue Apiary mix bourbon with St. Germain, ginger ale, and the simple syrup used in their sweet tea, making for a race day cocktail that goes down easy.

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photo: Margaret Houston

Holy Muscadine Sour

Basil, orange bitters, and muscadine join bourbon for a musky, herbal cocktail from chef Dean Neff, of PinPoint in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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photo: Andrew Sherman

Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch

A velveteen sipper from New Orleans, this easy-to-make frozen concoction makes for a tasty grown-up dessert.

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photo: Alison Gootee

G&G Anniversary Punch

Bourbon’s spiciness stands up to the other ingredients—some of which can be, frankly, a little bossy—in this G&G signature punch.

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photo: Johnny Autry

Bourbon and Ginger

Georgia chef Hugh Acheson is behind this elevated take on a classic gameday cocktail. Make the ginger syrup a day ahead for an easy tote to the tailgate.

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photo: Margaret Houston

Breakfast at George’s

Go beyond the standard coffee cocktail with this recipe from Tristan Ferchl of the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. “It takes it a step further by adding everything else you need in a well-rounded breakfast: eggs, bourbon, and a hint of citrus,” says Ferchl.

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photo: Johnny Autry

Sweet Texas Tea

A sweet-tea-based syrup mixed with lemon, mint, and a healthy pour of bourbon make for a more potent take on the South’s quencher of choice.

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photo: Johnny Autry

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