After the end of summery beach cocktails and rose on the terrace, it’s nice to start fall off right with a bourbon-based cocktail. Bourbon is a versatile (and potent) liquor that is made in America and must be distilled from a grain mix composed of at least 51% corn. Aged in barrels, almost all of America’s bourbon supply comes from Kentucky. Bourbon pairs beautifully with fall flavors like apple, cinnamon, and can even be served hot in a hot toddy, which will really warm you up. Check out these 9 bourbon-based cocktail recipes that will keep the chill away on even the coldest fall evenings.

1. Original Bourbon Cocktail


This old-fashioned cocktail featuring bourbon, Cointreau, and Benedictine D.OM. is a delicious and classic take on a bourbon cocktail. Add angostura bitter and some lemon juice for the perfect garnish. Get our Original Bourbon Cocktail recipe.

2. Gold Rush Cocktail

Serious Eats

Bourbon, lemon juice, and honey are mixed together in an ice-filled shaker and poured out for a smooth, easy cocktail. Make this recipe in bulk in advance and you’ll have an easy solution for a complicated cocktail party. Get the recipe here.

3. Bourbon Chai Toddy


Caramel, vanilla, and clove all contribute to the winter take on chai tea that packs a punch. Anise, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon all play a prominent role. Get the recipe here.

4. Old Fashioned

Sugar, bitters, club soda – put it all together and you have a very classic Old Fashioned. You can change up the sugar (brown sugar, white sugar, etc) for a different flavor and use maple syrup instead to really amp up the fall flavor. Get our Old Fashioned recipe.

5. Bourbon Cider Cocktail

The Poetry of Living

So simple it can hardly be called a recipe, this cocktail is just bourbon, sparkling water, hot cider, and lemon. Boil the cider untll it’s been reduced to a thick syrup. Get the recipe here.

6. Bourbonella

A simple but exotic mix, the Bourbonella is made up of bourbon, dry vermouth, curacao, and grenadine mixed together for a decadent (and very red) cocktail. Get our Bourbonella recipe.

7. Maple Bourbon Smash

I Sing in the Kitchen

This cocktail is made up of a lot of very tasty ingredients. Bourbon, maple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, bitters, and seltzer are combined for a quick fix. Get the recipe here.

8. Boothby


Bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and ice are topped by a champagne float that makes for a boozy but effervescent choice. Get our Boothby cocktail recipe.

9. Bourbon Mule

Cake n Knife

A classic Moscow mule served in a copper cup – this  bourbon take is made with bourbon instead of gin, lime, and ginger beer for a real kick. Get the recipe here.

Header image: Old Fashioned from Chowhound

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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