Unique Bourbon Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter

We're gonna need a drink...or two..

Minka M.
ByMinka M.

When we hear bourbon, we immediately think the classics—Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Hot Toddy—and while we enjoy them, there’s a lot more that can be done with the smooth liquor. Depending on the brand, bourbon can be smoky, sweet, spicy, or even fruity... it’s no wonder mixologists and bartenders use it as a base to new and innovative cocktails. If you're a bourbon lover, or just someone who is looking to try something new, these unique boubon-based cocktails are here to keep you warm all winter long.

Paper Plane

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Created by award-winning NYC mixologist Sam Ross, Paper Plane blends bitter, sour and herbal notes into one hell of a bourbon cocktail. The well-balanced recipe requires only 4 ingredients:

  • 3/4 ounce bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Simply add the bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino and lemon juice into a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Strain and serve.

Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

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Swap out your classic whiskey sour for one that has a sweet twist. Instead of basic simple syrup, the recipe calls for maple syrup as its secret ingredient among the rest:

  • 3 tbsp Bulleit bourbon or your bourbon of choice
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 -4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon, optional

Add the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup and ground cinnamon into a shaker with two-thirds of ice. Shake well. Place fresh into your class, pour and enjoy!

Cold Brew Bourbon Mocha

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Nothing like a cocktail that combines two of our favorite things: coffee and bourbon. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this drink has your name written all over it. Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:

  • 1/3 cup cold brew coffee concentrate (if you’re up for it, the recipe shows how you can ground your own coffee beans!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3 tbsp half & half
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup 
  • whipped cream (garnish)
  • cherry (garnish)

Start by drizzling chocolate syrup along the inside of your glass then add ice then mix all ingredients except garnishes in a shaker. Pour the cocktail over the ice and garnish with whipped cream and a cherry on top!

The Man O' War

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Named after one of the greatest horses in horse racing history, the Man O’ War cocktail combines tangy and sweet with 6 ingredients:

  • 2 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Brandied cherries or lemon peel for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes then add the bourbon, Cointreau, sweet vermouth, and lemon juice, and shake until chilled. Strain the cocktail in a glass, spear a few brandied cherries and a few bits of lemon peel onto a few cocktail toothpicks and garnish each glass. Serve.

What's Up, Doc

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If tomato juice and vodka make sense, so can carrot-ginger juice and bourbon—and it does. Here’s what goes inside this healthy treat with bitter garnishes:

  • 1 ¾ 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

It’s all about the juice! Combine fresh-pressed carrot and ginger juice in a 5:1 ratio of carrot to ginger. Add sugar to taste. Add ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well until chilled. Double-strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube and garnish with rosemary or thyme sprig. Sip away!


Which of these tasty bourbon cocktails will you be giving a try?