American Bourbon is a spirit worth celebrating; shake up a classic Bourbon cocktail to celebrate National Bourbon Day this June 14th!

June 14th marks the annual celebration of all things bourbon, and with a historic tradition dating to the late 1700’s its truly a spirit to celebrate. In 1785, Bourbon County in Kentucky was formed, but small distillers had been producing bourbon whiskey for ages. Bourbon can be made across the US, but Kentucky has become the home to many of the most popular makers.

Like many other country specific spirits, bourbon has a few requirements it must meet. To start, any spirit labeled as bourbon in the US must be made withing the US states and territories. The mash bill must start with at least 51% corn and the resulting spirit must be aged in new, charred oak containers before being distilled to 80% ABV. Once distilled the spirit must be at no more than 62.5% ABV when entered into containers for aging and bottles at 40% ABV. All of these regulations result in a unique spirit that is truly American.

Celebrate the spirit with these classic cocktails.

Boulevardier

Boulevardier

Boulevardier

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Select Aperitivo
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 oz. Bourbon

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with an orange peel.


Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

Preparation: Build in a rocks glass. Add ice and stir until just chilled. Garnish with a lemon twist and Maraschino Cherry.


Fistful Smash

Fistful Smash

Fistful Smash 

Created by Fistful of Bourbon

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Fistful of Bourbon
  • 1/2 parts grapefruit oleo
  • 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 10 loose mint leaves

Preparation: Combine ingredients and shake well. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and grapefruit twist.