15 Bourbon Cocktails That Go Down Easy

When it comes to alcoholic spirits, the best bourbons and whiskeys are flavorful straight. The rest can be buried inside these bourbon drinks. Or, better yet, hidden in the back of the liquor cabinet. From classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and Hot Toddy to novel creations, here's a collection of more than a dozen bourbon cocktails that will quench your thirst and keep you warm and toasty on a chilly night.

There’s some debate regarding the origins of this drink and its medicinal benefits, but there’s no denying that the Hot Toddy — made from bourbon, honey, and lemon — is warming and comforting. It's like a hug in liquid form. Especially if you accidentally pour it on yourself.

If you can’t make it to the Kentucky Derby, you can make a classic Mint Julep. Unless you don't have any cocktail tools. If you do, all you'll need is bourbon, fresh mint, simple syrup, and lots of crushed ice to make this strong drink that will convince you your hat was a good idea.

This fruity bourbon drink gets its red hue from a homemade brown sugar and cherry simple syrup and the bourbon from the bottle. At least that's how we think it works.

The Paper Plane blends bourbon, a touch of lemon, and both popular Italian apertifs: Aperol and Campari. Finally, you don't have to choose between the two. Which leaves with one question: what would happen if we added Prosecco?

Bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice come together to make a bourbon cocktail that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Especially if you're bad at math.

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