If I had to pick only one liquor I could have for all of fall (luckily this is only a hypothetical), I would have to pick bourbon. It’s so warming and versatile, but good bourbon is also good on its own.
If you want to change it up a bit though, here are three simple twists on classic bourbon cocktails that work great when the weather starts to cool off.
This is really a simple twist on a classic drink. The small dash of maple syrup completely changes the bourbon and makes it more complex.
If I had to give a tip for making this drink, it would be that you can use a medium-grade bourbon, but use a really good maple syrup!
This is a refreshing, fizzed-out take on a classic whiskey sour. Instead of adding sour mix though, I like to muddle a lemon peel with fresh mint and sugar. This gives the drink some great flavor.
Then you just pour in your bourbon and club soda and you’re all set.
This is the perfect after-fall-yard-work cocktail.
Word on the street is that if you have a little cold, a hot toddy is a good fix. Normally a hot toddy is just lemon, hot water, and good bourbon, but I like to kick it up a notch.
By steeping some fresh ginger and lemon in water for about 8 minutes, you make a really flavorful, but light, tea. Use that as the base for your hot toddy and you’ll forget all about that sore throat!
If one of these drinks doesn’t look delicious to you, then you probably don’t like bourbon!
Nick thinks bourbon is the best thing in a bottle. Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon profile.