Sipping your bourbon neat or on the rocks is great and all, but sometimes your sweet tooth starts calling, and you need something with a sugar boost. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up your bourbon for another spirit because there are plenty of delicious cocktails made with the corn-forward whiskey. Here are eight of our favorites, from classics to originals.
8 Sweet Bourbon Cocktails That Will Soothe Your Soul
If you’ve been searching for a brunch alternative to the light and citrusy Mimosa or the meal-in-a-glass Bloody Mary, look no further. Milk Punch is a soothingly creamy and sweet drink with just enough of a bourbon and dark rum kick to get you going.
Take a sip of the sweeter side of life with this Whiskey Sour twist from New York City’s Kimoto rooftop bar. Maple syrup and orange marmalade pair with a savory herb-infused syrup to take the drink beyond your average sour.
The Mint Julep is America’s OG sweet bourbon cocktail—and by some accounts, the first internationally known American cocktail, period. One taste and it’s clear to see where it got that staying power. A Mint Julep’s bourbon, simple syrup and mint mixture makes it a solid sipper all year round, not just during Kentucky Derby season.
The Jockey Club has a lot of similarities to the Manhattan, but a few twists give it a sweeter take. It’s made with bourbon instead of spicy rye, and there’s a touch of maraschino liqueur that adds sweetness and gives it a fruity punch.
Imagine the delight of taking a bite of fresh blueberry pie. Now take that satisfaction and apply it to a drink, and you have the Blueberry Buck. Essentially a brown spirit take on the Moscow Mule, the Blueberry Buck is made with bourbon, blueberry syrup, lemon, mint and ginger beer.
The Brown Derby is a combination of old-school Hollywood class and a spunky take on the Daiquiri. It was invented on the famous Sunset Strip at the Vendome Club in the ‘30s, and is made with bourbon for strength, honey syrup for sweetness and grapefruit juice to brighten it all up.
Drink one of these and you’ll feel like you’re basking in the warm Georgia sun. Muddled peaches, cinnamon and brown sugar join forces with bourbon for this Whiskey Smash variation.
This cocktail comes from John Brown’s Underground in Kansas, and it’ll make you want to get down and figgy with it. Not a Date is simply bourbon, fig jam and bitters—that’s all it takes.