Bourbon Cocktails

Autumn Whiskey and Soda


September has come and gone without any blog posts!  Travel and retirement can get very busy it seems!  During September, our nephew Jim and his lovely bride, Liz, gave us some delicious apple flavored whiskey from Leopold Bros., a distillery in Colorado, where they make their home.  It didn’t seem right to overpower the flavor of the craft whiskey with too many mixers, so we made a simple whiskey and soda, with a twist of lime.  It was just perfect for a cool fall evening.  Here is the recipe.  You can adjust the amount of whiskey to suit your pleasure.  Also, a lemon twist would be another option as a garnish.  Enjoy!

1- 2 oz. Apple Flavored Whiskey from Leopold Bros.
Generous splash of soda
Lime wedge as a garnish

Using a highball glass, fill the glass with ice, add 1-2 oz. Apple Flavored Whiskey, top off with soda, and garnish with a wedge of lime or lemon.  Great for a cool fall evening after a long week of hard work!

Lynne’s Michigan Manhattan


Last weekend in Petoskey, MI, the bartender at our hotel (The Perry Hotel) made me a Michigan Manhattan.  It is a specialty of the bar there, and what a tasty treat that was!  He used Traverse City Whiskey for the main spirit, which is the Michigan version of bourbon, made in Traverse City, MI.    (If it isn’t from Kentucky it can’t be called bourbon!)  I am looking forward to trying my hand at this when we get home.  Since we don’t have Traverse City Whiskey, I am going to substitute my favorite Manhattan spirit, Bulleit Rye.

Here is the recipe:

2 oz Traverse City Whiskey (or Bulleit Rye)
.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz Michigan cherry juice (or Marachino liqueur)
3 dashes orange bitters
2 fresh pitted Michigan cherries (or Luxardo cherries – if you want to be fancy!)

I prefer to make this cocktail on the rocks. Put several ice cubes in a cocktail glass. Pour in the ingredients, stir, and add a couple more ice cubes. Enjoy!!

The Buster Brown

Well, this little gem is a bourbon based cocktail, but with a refreshing lemon twist to it.  It is very yummy.  I was first introduced to it at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, where they have quite a list of old style classic cocktails.  It is an easy one to make, and great on a warm summer night, sitting on the back porch!

1.5 oz bourbon
.5 oz lemon juice – you can kick this up to 1 oz if you like a fruitier taste
.5 oz simple syrup – this can be increased to 1 oz if you like a bit more sweetness
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lemon twist.


The Boulevardier

Sitting in the Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel on Vancouver Island in the city of Victoria, I was introduced to the Boulevardier.  It is a bourbon version of the Negroni, and a very tasty alternative.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  It is a nice easy cocktail to learn.  Be sure to serve it in a chilled cocktail glass, for the full effect!

1.5 oz bourbon
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz campari
Orange twist or cherry

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, or serve on the rocks. Garnish with a cherry or a twist of orange peel.