From Derby Day to any given Saturday, Kentucky bourbon is the key to making great drinks. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite bourbon cocktails including a simple Kentucky Mule and a fresh take on the mint julep. Enjoy! Kentucky Bourbon Mule– bourbon mixed with fresh lime juice and spicy ginger beer
Bourbon and Honey Mint Julep– a twist on the classic mint julep made with mint, honey, bourbon and crushed ice (from Bourbon and Honey)
Kentucky Apple Cocktail– a mix of bourbon, pure maple syrup and dry hard cider (from Drink and Cocktail Recipes)
The Derby– bourbon, lime juice, sweet vermouth and Grand Marnier (from Frites and Fries)
Bourbon Milk Punch– a brunch drink made with bourbon, simple syrup, vanilla and whole milk (from Drink and Cocktail Recipes)
Bourbon Cider Cocktail– made with bourbon, bitters and maple hard cider
Irish coffee is sweet and creamy and spiked with whiskey. It’s a darn good drink to serve at brunch when you’re looking for a bit more kick in your coffee.Usually Irish coffee is served hot, but I’m a big fan of cold brew coffee so I made an iced Irish coffee recipe. The drink is a simple mix of cold brew coffee, Irish whisky, simple syrup and slightly thickened whipping cream.
Iced Irish Coffee Recipe
4 ounces cold brew coffee, chilled
1 ounce Irish whiskey (such as Jameson)
1 ounce simple syrup
Slightly thickened whipping cream (see tip)
Add cold brew coffee, Irish whiskey and simple syrup to a mixing glass. Fill glass with ice and stir to chill the drink. Strain into a glass; discard ice. Top with slightly thickened whipping cream and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.
Makes 1 drink
–Make your own cold brew coffee or buy some at your local coffee shop.
-Simple syrup is 1 part granulated sugar dissolved in 1 part water. For extra flavor, try using demerara sugar.
-To get the cream to layer evenly over the coffee, beat cream with a whisk until thickened but still pourable. (You want thickened cream, not stiff whipped cream.) Layer the cream on top of the coffee drink by slowly pouring the thickened cream over the back of a spoon. You’ll want to start with 3 to 4 tablespoons liquid whipping cream per drink.
More Irish Whiskey Drinks:
The Dubliner from Frites and Fries
Hot Irish Coffee from Drink and Cocktail Recipes
More Cold Brew Coffee Recipes:
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe
Cold Press Coffee Ice Pops
Vietnamese Iced Coffee from Drink and Cocktail Recipes
When it comes to whiskey, I tend to go for Kentucky bourbon. But since it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, something a wee bit Irish felt more appropriate! You’ll never find me drinking green beer, but I’m happy to sip Irish whiskey.
One of the easiest drinks to make for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration is an Irish Mule. If you enjoy a Kentucky Mule (made with bourbon) or a Moscow Mule (made with vodka), you’ll like the Irish Mule, which is a mix of Irish whiskey, spicy ginger beer and fresh lime juice.
Irish Mule Drink Recipe
1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey such as Jameson
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces cold ginger beer
Fill a glass with ice. Add Irish whiskey and lime juice to glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
Makes 1 drink
Tip: To make an Irish Ginger Drink (a.k.a. Big Ginger Drink), use ginger ale in place of the ginger beer. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges.
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Simplicity. With only 3 ingredients, this whiskey drink is anything but fussy. It’s also quite delicious.
A Kentucky Mule is a mix of fresh lime juice, spicy ginger beer and bourbon whiskey. It’s one of my favorite simple drinks. Besides using a decent bourbon (from Kentucky, of course), the key to this cocktail is using a good tasting ginger beer. I used Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer to make this drink. Whatever mixer you choose, be sure to use ginger beer rather than ginger ale.
Kentucky Mule Bourbon Drink Recipe
1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
4 ounces ginger beer, chilled
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add bourbon and fresh lime juice to glass. Top with ginger beer; stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Makes 1 drink
Tip: To make a Moscow Mule, use vodka in place of the bourbon. But really, why would you choose vodka over whiskey? :)
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Bourbon Cider Cocktail Recipe