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Easy Bourbon Drinks That Anyone Can Make

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While there are certainly some bourbons that we wouldn’t think of putting in a cocktail, the corn-heavy whiskey tastes wonderful mixed into a variety of drinks. If you’re new to the home bartending game and want to mix something besides the usual Old Fashioned or Manhattan, there are plenty of simple, tasty options to get you started. Here, seven easy bourbon drinks that anyone can make.

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This modern classic was created by bartender T.J. Siegal at New York’s late Milk & Honey in the mid-aughts, and it’s the kind of crowd-pleasing cocktail that even non-whiskey drinkers will love. Simply combine bourbon, lemon juice and honey syrup for a classy, lip-smackingly good cocktail.

The Essentials

bourbon
lemon juice
honey syrup
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Allspice dram and lime juice give this pretty drink a touch of tiki flair, even if it’s not topped with crazy tropical garnishes. Serve it as the welcome drink at a dinner party to wow your guests.

The Essentials

bourbon
allspice dram
lime juice
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Simply swap out the simple syrup for Nocello Walnut Liqueur to make this easy twist on the Old Fashioned. The Nocello’s nutty flavor brings out the bourbon’s woody barrel notes even more for fall-ready tipple.

The Essentials

bourbon
Nocello Walnut Liqueur
Angostura Bitters
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If the usual Manhattan isn’t robust enough for your taste, try its darker cousin the Prospector. Averna Amaro gives it a malty sweetness while Pedro Ximenez sherry lends some depth.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Averna Amaro
Pedro Ximénez sherry
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This simple mix of bourbon, Goldschlager and Champagne is easy to make but looks super impressive. Serve it the next time you’re having people over and want to feel super fancy.

The Essentials

bourbon
Goldschläger
Champagne
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Fig jam, bourbon and bitters—that’s all you need to make a delicious cocktail. This drink is so easy, even the most novice home bartender can master it.

The Essentials

bourbon
fig jam
bitters

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