Spring is finally here and it's time to celebrate with a refreshing drink. As a bartender, I know that bourbon is a favorite among many people looking for a strong and rich flavor in their cocktail. With the arrival of spring, many people are looking for a way to incorporate bourbon into their seasonal drinks.
Bourbon is a type of whiskey that is made primarily from corn and aged in oak barrels. Its unique flavor profile makes it a great base for cocktails that are perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. The rich and complex taste of bourbon is often paired with sweet and sour flavors to create a balanced drink that is perfect for any occasion.
When it comes to spring cocktails, many people think of light and fruity drinks. However, bourbon cocktails can be just as refreshing and delicious. The key is to use fresh and seasonal ingredients that complement the flavor of the bourbon. Whether you prefer a classic bourbon drink or something with a modern twist, there are plenty of options to choose from.
In this blog post, I will be sharing some of the best Spring Bourbon Cocktail recipes that are sure to impress your guests. From classics like the Mint Julep to modern creations like the Bourbon Peach Tea, these drinks are perfect for any occasion. So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some of the best bourbon cocktails of the season.
1. Champagne Bourbon Cocktail
The Champagne Bourbon Cocktail is a must-try for whiskey lovers looking for a refreshing Spring cocktail. This cocktail features Coopers’ Craft bourbon, a Kentucky-based distiller that produces some of the finest craft whiskey in the country. The taste of bourbon is not overpowering, making it a perfect ingredient for a light and bubbly cocktail. This cocktail is an excellent alternative to a mimosa, and it suits a lot of different palates. It is not too sweet and pairs well with food. If you're looking for a simple yet impressive cocktail to wow your friends this Spring, the Champagne Bourbon Cocktail is the way to go.
2. The Earl's Kentucky Spritz
"The Earl's Kentucky Spritz" is a refreshing bourbon-based cocktail perfect for spring. It features Italicus, a bergamot liqueur, limoncello, and bitters that add a perfect balance to the sweetness of the Italicus. It's a light, low ABV option that's garnished with a fresh edible flower and a slice of orange, making it visually appealing. If you're looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that's perfect for warmer weather, "The Earl's Kentucky Spritz" is definitely worth a try.
3. Whiskey Smash
The Whiskey Smash is a refreshing bourbon-based cocktail made with fresh lemon juice and mint leaves. The mint adds a cool and refreshing element to the drink, which makes it perfect for enjoying on a hot day. It's easy to make and a must-try for anyone who loves bourbon and is looking for a refreshing drink for spring and summer.
4. Hibiscus Bourbon Cocktail
The Hibiscus Bourbon Cocktail is a perfect blend of tropical flavors and warming bourbon, making it a great fit for any season. The subtle floral notes of hibiscus and sweet almond syrup bring a hint of the tropics to the drink, while the bourbon and lemon juice add a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The crushed ice gives it a refreshing touch, making it a perfect cocktail for a warm Spring day. If you're looking for a unique and refreshing cocktail to try, the Hibiscus Bourbon Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
5. Garden Cherry Bourbon Smash
The Garden Cherry Bourbon Smash is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for spring. The cocktail is made with fresh cherries, garden herbs, lemon, bourbon, Cointreau, white wine vinegar, and ginger beer. The cherries are muddled with the garden herbs to infuse the flavor of the herbs into the drink. The addition of the spicy-sweet ginger beer gives the cocktail a touch of fizz and makes it extra special.
6. Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash
The Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that perfectly captures the essence of spring. The combination of fresh blueberries, thyme, lemon, and sweet blueberry jam creates a delicious and intense berry flavor. The addition of bourbon gives the cocktail a warm and comforting kick, while the sparkling water adds a touch of fizz. The sweet lemon sugar-rimmed glass adds an extra special touch to the drink. This cocktail is perfect for a Saturday night in, and can be easily customized with different types of berries or liquor. Overall, the Blueberry Lemon Thyme Smash is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to enjoy the flavors of spring in a glass.
7. Bourbon Strawberry Mint Tea Cocktail
Looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to enjoy this spring? Look no further than the Bourbon Strawberry Mint Tea Cocktail. This cocktail is a perfect mix of sweet and bitter flavors, making it a great choice for those who want to try something new. The use of iced tea as a mixer is a surprising twist that adds depth and complexity to the drink. The bourbon gives the cocktail a warm and comforting feeling, while the strawberries and mint add a fresh and fruity flavor. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day, and is sure to impress your guests at any gathering. If you're looking for a cocktail that is both refreshing and unique, the Bourbon Strawberry Mint Tea Cocktail is a must-try.
8. Classic "Brown Derby" Cocktail
The Classic "Brown Derby" Cocktail is a perfect addition to any springtime celebration. This cocktail is a combination of bourbon whiskey, freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, and honey syrup that creates a tart and sweet taste. It's a vintage cocktail that originated in Los Angeles in the 1930s and has stood the test of time due to its delicious taste and simplicity in preparation. The cocktail is served in a chilled coupe or rocks glass and garnished with a slice of grapefruit. It's a perfect brunch cocktail that is easy to make and will impress your guests. The Brown Derby Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and refreshing spring bourbon cocktail.
9. Matcha Mint Juleps
The Matcha Mint Julep is a unique twist on the classic mint julep cocktail. This refreshing drink combines the earthy and grassy flavors of matcha green tea with the smoothness of bourbon, and the essential oils of fresh mint. The cocktail is sweetened with sugar and a squeeze of lemon, which rounds out the bitter notes of the matcha. The result is a velvety green drink that is perfect for a warm spring day or night. The creamy matcha blends nicely with the buttery-soft Cyrus Noble Bourbon, making it a delightful and nourishing cocktail that is sure to impress. If you're looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy bourbon this spring, the Matcha Mint Julep is definitely worth a try.
10. Sweet Georgia Peach Smash
The Sweet Georgia Peach Smash is a perfect cocktail for those who are looking for a refreshing and fruity drink this spring. Made with Old Camp Whiskey, this cocktail is infused with a delicious peach flavor that is sure to delight your taste buds. The addition of Sweet Williams adds a pop of color and fun to the drink, making it perfect for a bridal shower or a Friday afternoon happy hour. If you're a fan of bourbon or whiskey, this cocktail is definitely worth a try. So, grab a glass and cheers to beautiful drinks!
11. Blackberry Bourbon Smash
The Blackberry Bourbon Smash is a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for spring. This cocktail combines the sweetness of blackberries with the bold flavor of bourbon, creating a perfect balance of sweet and tart. The addition of mint leaves, citrus juices, and ginger ale gives it a refreshing twist. The vibrant redish-purple tint of the cocktail makes it visually appealing and perfect for any occasion. You can substitute any soft fruit of your choice, making it a versatile cocktail. This cocktail is a must-try for bourbon lovers and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
12. Bourbon Peach Smash
The Bourbon Peach Smash is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for a warm Spring evening. This cocktail is a combination of bourbon, muddled peaches, and a homemade simple syrup made with honey. It is served over ice and garnished with fresh mint leaves. The sweetness of the peaches and honey is balanced perfectly with the warmth of the bourbon, making it a delightful drink for any bourbon lover. The Bourbon Peach Smash is a must-try for anyone looking for a new Spring cocktail recipe.
13. Rhubarb Old-Fashioned
The Rhubarb Old-Fashioned is a refreshing and perfectly seasonal cocktail that is sure to impress any bourbon lover. This cocktail is made with a simple yet delicious rhubarb syrup that adds a beautiful ruby red color and the perfect amount of sweetness to the classic old-fashioned. The addition of bitters and bourbon gives it a smooth and balanced taste that is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful bourbon cocktail to try this season, the Rhubarb Old-Fashioned is definitely worth a try.
14. Peach Old Fashioned Cocktail
The Peach Old Fashioned Cocktail is a simple bourbon cocktail with a fruity twist. It's made with Simply Peach juice and muddled peach slices, giving it a nice peach flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to add something special to their cocktail repertoire. If you're looking for a refreshing and fruity bourbon cocktail, the Peach Old Fashioned Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
15. Basil Old Fashioned Cocktail
The Basil Old Fashioned Cocktail is a unique take on the classic Old Fashioned. Made with Fireside Bourbon Whiskey, orange bitters, muddled orange segments, and fresh basil, this cocktail is both elegant and earthy. The use of Colorado's own Fireside Bourbon Whiskey adds a robust flavor that is smooth and perfect for sipping. The addition of basil gives the cocktail a fresh and herbaceous twist that is perfect for spring. Overall, the Basil Old Fashioned Cocktail is a sophisticated and delicious cocktail that is worth trying.
16. Gold Rush Cocktail
The Gold Rush Cocktail is a refreshing twist on the classic Whiskey Sour, made with bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. It's a simple cocktail with only three ingredients, perfect for sipping all year round. The honey adds sweetness, while the lemon juice gives it a tangy kick. The drink was created over a decade ago by T.J Siegal at the Milk & Honey bar in New York’s Lower East Side. If you're looking for a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail, the Gold Rush is definitely worth trying.
17. Old Fashioned Paloma
The Old Fashioned Paloma is a refreshing twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. It combines bourbon with crisp grapefruit soda, a squeeze of lemon or lime, and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters. The result is a perfectly balanced sweet and sour cocktail that's easy to make and incredibly satisfying to drink. The addition of grapefruit soda adds a nice pop of crisp and bubbly flavor to the mix.
18. Bourbon Carajillo
The Bourbon Carajillo is a unique twist on the traditional Spanish cocktail of coffee and brandy or liqueur. This version uses bourbon for a kick of whiskey flavor and heat, along with Licor 43 for a vanilla flavor with a tad more complexity than a vanilla infused spirit. The addition of pineapple syrup and amaro adds complexity and balance to the sweet flavors from the Licor 43 and pineapple. Topped with almost two ounces of hot espresso, this cocktail packs a caffeinated punch. The combination of sweet citrus from the pineapple and the acidic bitterness of the coffee creates a magical flavor. The Bourbon Carajillo is a must-try for those looking for a complex and unique bourbon cocktail.