Winter brings with it cold weather, cozy fireplaces and a change of taste in drinks. We have rounded up five winter bourbon cocktails for you to try during the chilly season. The recipes highlight seasonal flavors, such as pomegranate, and classic recipes that will warm you from the inside out.

Classic Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is a classic winter bourbon cocktail that
is easy to make. The bourbon shines through the flavor profile but has the
perfect touch of sweetness.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: old fashioned cocktail
Servings: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz. John AP Conoley Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 Sugar Cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz. Soda Water
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry
  • 1/2 Orange Wedge
  • Orange Peel (Garnish)

Instructions

  • Add the sugar cube, orange wedge, bitters, and maraschino cherry in a cocktail
    shaker.
  • Use a muddler to mash the ingredients in the cocktail shaker until the sugar dissolves. Then, let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add the bourbon and a few ice cubes to the shaker and stir for roughly 30 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned or rocks glass with one large ice cube.
  • Finish the cocktail off with 2 oz. of soda water and garnish with the orange peel.
  • Enjoy!

Bourbon Manhattan

The Manhattan is an easy whiskey cocktail that is one of the finest and oldest. There are a variety of ways to modify the traditional recipe, but let’s start with the classic.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: best bourbon manhattan, bourbon manhattan rocks
Servings: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 oz. John AP Conoley Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Maraschino cherry garnish
  • Orange peel garnish

Instructions

  • Chill a martini glass.
  • Add bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and ice cubes to a shaker.
  • Stir or gently shake.
  • Strain cocktail into the chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with cherry and orange peel.
  • Enjoy!

Boulevardier Cocktail

The “bool-ah-vard-ee-ayy” cocktail swaps whiskey for gin offering a twist on the Negroni.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: boulevardier cocktail
Servings: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz. John AP Conoley Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Maraschino Cherry garnish
  • Lemon twist garnish

Instructions

  • Add whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth into a cocktail shaker.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Pour cocktail into a rocks glass with a giant ice cube.
  • Garnish with cherries or lemon twist.
  • Enjoy!

Pomegranate Bourbon Smash

The bourbon smash gets a winter cocktail makeover thanks to antioxidant rich POM pomegranate juice.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: bourbon smash, pomegranate bourbon smash
Servings: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. John AP Conoley Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. real maple syrup
  • 3/4 oz. POM pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 lemon cubed
  • 5 mint leaves
  • club soda

Instructions

  • Add lemon, maple syrup and mint to shaker and gently muddle.
  • Add ice and bourbon to shaker and vigorously shake.
  • Strain cocktail into a rocks glass with ice.
  • Top with club soda to liking.
  • Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.
  • Enjoy!

Winter Buck Cocktail

A “buck” is a traditional cocktail that contains three simple ingredients: a spirit, lemon or lime juice and ginger ale. The pear and cinnamon will mingle with the ginger to create a winter flavor experience.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: buck cocktail, winter buck cocktail
Servings: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. John AP Conoley Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 tbsps. pear nectar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsps. ginger ale
  • 1 tbsp. simple syrup
  • cinnamon stick garnish

Instructions

  • In a cocktail shaker, add bourbon, pear nectar, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice.
  • Shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain cocktail into a tall glass with ice.
  • Top with ginger ale.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick.
  • Enjoy!

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