21 Southern Bourbon Cocktails
When the crowd breaks for halftime, impress your guests by bringing out a round of Old Fashioneds, garnished with fruit and made with a secret ingredient: whole-berry cranberry sauce. These cocktails are best served immediately, so recruit a fellow barkeep for muddling assistance.
- Recipe: Cranberry Old Fashioned Cocktail
Served ice cold, these refreshing cocktails keep your guests cool.
- Recipe: Frozen Peach Old Fashioned
While this sipper makes for the perfect tailgate cocktail, we have a feeling you'll be mixing up this delicious combination when the season is over too.
- Recipe: Tailgate Sipper
Bourbon and apple are perfect teammates in this thoroughly Southern concoction.
- Recipe: Apple Pie-Bourbon Sweet Tea
Bourbon and ginger ale combine to make a cool, colorful drink.
- Recipe: Chucktown Sunrise
Choose Black Mission figs or another purple-skinned variety to give the drink a pretty tint.
- Recipe: Fig-and-Bourbon Fizz
Treat guests to a beverage that oozes charm. This sweet sipper features two regional favorites—bourbon and peaches.
- Recipe: Bourbon-Peach Cocktail
For the Kentucky Bourbon afficionados in your bunch, make Julian's Old Fashioned the go-to cocktail for your next gathering.
- Recipe: Julian’s Old Fashioned
Its namesake may be the fastest two minutes in sports, but that doesn't mean this cocktail should be short-lived. Consider our derby julep a cocktail hour mainstay all year long.
- Recipe: Derby Julep
Muscadine wine stars in this spirited concoction of grenadine, bourbon, and a variety of fruit juices and sodas.
- Recipe: Mississippi Bourbon Punch
- Recipe: Pecan "Milk" Punch
Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic fizzy beverage with a pop of spicy ginger. It's the flavor secret in this spicy but refreshing cocktail.
- Recipe: Shoo-Fly Punch
Spiked with bourbon or rum, this sweet tea is just for the adults. Garnish with fresh sugarcane and pineapple slices for a sophisticated presentation.
- Recipe: Spiked Lemonade Sweet Tea
This iced cocktail features the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea. For best results, sip in a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere.
- Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Add a Southern twist to eggnog with sweet-and-rich-as-honey sorghum. For a spiced garnish, sprinkle individual servings with crushed gingersnaps.
- Recipe: Creamy Sorghum Eggnog
Mix three Southern favorites― bourbon, sweet tea, and lemonade―for a Spiked Arnold Palmer.
- Recipe: Spiked Arnold Palmer
Said to be The Big Easy's first cocktail, it was originally served at the Sazerac Coffee House.
- Recipe: Sazerac
- Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Sours
Generate some buzz at your next party with a refreshing combination of bourbon, cranberry, and orange.
- Recipe: Cran-Bourbon-and-Orange
To make garnish, pin orange rinds around straws and leave for 15 minutes.
- Recipe: Iced Mexican Chocolate Sipper
Mint juleps are the quintessential Southern cocktail. All you need for this classic version is fresh mint, mint simple syrup, and bourbon. Leftover simple syrup keeps refrigerated about one week and perfectly sweetens iced tea. See our tips and techniques for stirring up a mint julep.
Recipe: Classic Mint Julep
Step-by-Step Video: Make a Classic Mint Julep