Celebrate The Great American Spirit with Three Bourbon Whiskey Cocktails

bourbon-whiskey-varietiesWhile celebrating the USA this week with Fourth of July, why not embrace the most American of spirits and enjoy three refreshing Bourbon cocktails. Josh Thinnes, of PlumpJack Wine & Spirits – Noe Valley curates some of the finest American Bourbon Whiskeys for his American Whiskey Club and for the shelves of his store. He also has a Cocktail Club where club members get acquainted with obscure ingredients and spirits and then are invited for a cocktail club party.

Josh as our resident expert was the perfect contributor to help our readers craft the perfect summer Bourbon cocktail in honor of the good ol’ USA. Enjoy!

strawberrybourbonsmash (2)Strawberry Bourbon Smash
2 oz Bourbon
2 strawberries
2 lemon wedges
2 small sprigs of mint
.5 oz simple syrup

Strip the lower leaves from several sprigs of mint. Place the leaves at the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass. Add the simple syrup then muddle gently. Add the strawberries and lemon wedges and muddle again. Fill with ice cubes and add the bourbon. Stir until well chilled and garnish with the top of a few sprigs of mint.

mintjulepMint Julep
2.5 oz bourbon
.5 oz simple syrup
Several sprigs of mint

Strip the lower leaves from several sprigs of mint. Place the leaves at the bottom of a double old-fashioned, Collins, or Julep glass. Add the simple syrup then muddle gently to extract the flavor of the mint. Fill with crushed ice and add the Bourbon. Stir until well chilled and garnish the top of

a few sprigs of mint.

 

Bourbon Old Fashioned Collins
2 oz Bourbon
2 oz Q Kola.
5 oz St-Germain
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish with lemon or lime or grapefruit wedge

Pour Bourbon into a Collins (or rocks) glass filled with ice, then top off with Q Kola. Stir gently and garnish with lemon or lime wedge.

 

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