As we approach the Christmas holiday, we here at Bourboneur wanted to help you all find some Christmas spirit, with that spirit being bourbon of course! Although bourbon neat is always a go-to, if you're hosting an ugly sweater party or just getting together with family and friends this holiday season, having some options for mixed drinks up your sleeve may be helpful. With this collection of festive bourbon cocktail recipes, you're bound to find something that's easy to make and may in fact become a part of your holiday traditions moving forward.
Bourbon Cocktails for Christmas
The Bourboneur list of Bourbon Holiday Cocktails pair seasonal flavors like cranberry, cider and cinnamon with bourbon. The juxtaposition of these flavors and the natural complexity of bourbon with its typical big notes of vanilla, oak and caramel will make these drinks a winner in most Bourboneur's books.
Spiced Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
Although you're unlikely to find spiced cranberry juice at the local grocery, with a little bit of effort this cocktail comes to life and will undoubtedly have folks asking if you'll have this at next year's party. Take the time to add this to your lineup, the infused cranberry juice with holiday spices is an amazing base and can also be served stand-alone to younger guests. Expect your prep to take two hours for this drink, but the work you put in will yield dividends!
Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned
Although this drink may strike you as more of a Thanksgiving cocktail, the "pumpkin spice" everything season is certainly a lot longer than just that one holiday. This dynamic cocktail can be made with your typical store-bought ingredients, or you can step up your game and make your own bitters, as we detail in a previous post. This drink is bound to be a hit and the star anise gives it great visual appeal!
A Bourboneur favorite, the Kentucky mule is one of our Top Five Drinks You Need to Know. With the war in Ukraine ongoing, Moscow mules are out, and Kentucky Mules are in! Find this easy to make recipe in the link above.
Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
A versatile drink that is equally good whether you serve it warm or cold, this boozy apple cider drink is perfect for a crowd. It pairs a lot of holiday flavors into a one-two-punch type drink with only a little bit of front-end prep.
Bourbon Milk Punch
Don't love eggnog? This creamy, boozy, sweet and delicious cocktail is a great substitute! Rich, but not overly so, this punch really allows the bourbon to shine. Originating in Scotland in the 1600's this is a recipe that has endured the test of time, just be sure to add the ingredients as described to keep from curdling the dairy!