5 Best Bourbon Cocktails to Try This Autumn


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The American-born spirit grows in popularity this time of year. When the days get shorter and the temperature gets a lot cooler, a bourbon cocktail can be a fantastic way to end a long week.

Enjoy the scent of jazz through the air; a taste of southern flavour encapsulated into a glass. We take a look at the 5 best bourbon cocktails to try this Autumn.


1. The Old Fashioned.

It goes without saying that this is one of the most classic cocktails on the menu. Dating back to approximately 1806, the cocktail has kept its recipe for over two centuries, and is still enjoyed largely today.

KnobCreek Bourbon Old Fashioned


50ml of Knob Creek Bourbon, Tablespoon of sugar, 1 twist of orange peel, 2-3 dashes of angostura bitters

How to make:

Place the sugar and bitters into a chilled glass and mix. Add some of the bourbon and a couple ice cubes, then proceed to stir for 20 seconds. Continue to stir, add bourbon and ice cubes until it suits your taste buds. Then use the orange peel as garnish.


2. Hot Toddy.

A Hot Toddy is a sure fire way of curing a cold, or for those looking to warm themselves up after an afternoon of battling windy and wet weather. Made with honey, herbs and spices – a Hot Toddy is a natural remedy that tops second on our list.

Hot Toddy Bourbon Cocktail


50ml of Bulleit Straight Bourbon, 3 teaspoons of honey, 1 lemon half juiced/sliced, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves

How to make:

Mix the honey and the bourbon together in a heatproof glass. Pour half of the mix into a separate heatproof glass. Fill both glasses with 200ml of boiling water and split the cinnamon stick into each. Dash some lemon juice inside and place the lemon slices and cloves on top with your preference.


3. Derby (Manhattan)

Derby Manhattan Bourbon Cocktail

The Derby is a cocktail popular in the horse-racing community. Can you tell by the name? There are a whole range of Derby cocktails made from different spirits and ingredients.

With all these different recipes, there really hasn’t been a definitive guide on making one, but we’re going to give you our Manhattan style way of making a tipple with Bourbon.


50ml of Bulleit Straight Bourbon, 7 ml of Bénédictine liqueur, 1 dash Angostura bitters

How to make:

Stir all the ingredients together into one glass after straining. Proceed to add a dash of lemon if preferred.


4. Bourbon Smash

Just like the Old Fashioned, the Bourbon Smash is a classic that dates back. Founding its name based on the fact you literally smash lemons to make it, this cocktail is sweet and citrusy in flavour. The drink can be made with a whole range of different flavours, but we think the traditional one is the best.

Bourbon Smash Old Forester


50ml of Old Forester Bourbon, 20ml of lemon juice, 20ml of simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 sliced strawberry, some ginger beer

How to make:

Use a cocktail maker to mix the lemon juice, syrup and strawberry together. Add the bourbons, Angostura bitters, some ice and shake it all together. Strain into a glass full of ice and top with ginger beer.


5. Scofflaw

The name comes from a prohibition-era of banned alcohol and a whole underground system of cocktail making in..France. Yes, that’s right. The French made this cocktail as a way of essentially ‘mocking’ those who couldn’t drink. It contains a spicy aroma to it that you can enjoy in an Autumn evening.

Woodford Reserve Scofflaw Bourbon


50ml of Woodford Reserve Bourbon, 25ml of dry vermouth, 10ml of grenadine, 5ml of lemon juice, 2 dashes of orange bitters

How to make:

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, then proceed to strain into a glass. Add lemon bitters on top if preferred.

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