10 New Bourbon Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now
Head bartender Jeffrey Moll will create a new iteration of this drink each season for this upcoming spot. Each drink will also feature a different fraction (37¼, 37½, etc.). The three-quarter features bourbon, Big O ginger liqueur (a local Missouri spirit), plus house-made crème de rhubarbe liqueur and house-made BBQ bitters. The finishing touch? A canopy filled with applewood smoke.
SERVED AT: Randolfi’s, St. Louis, Missouri
The entire cocktail list is inspired by Italian cinema, including this drink named for the Fellini classic. Tall and creamy, it’s made with Elijah Craig 10-year-old bourbon, Clement Creole Shrub, Branca Menta and coconut milk then garnished with an orange “flag.”
SERVED AT: Ribalta, New York City
Head bartender Dan Rook crafted this breakfast-inspired flip for the restaurant’s brunch menu. Its ingredients: Buffalo Trace bourbon, a whole egg, maple syrup, crumbled bacon, Peychaud’s bitters and powdered sugar. Worth it for the crisp bacon strip garnish alone.
SERVED AT: South Water Kitchen, Chicago
Beverage manager Eduardo Guzman makes this pretty pink drink with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur, lemon and blackberry grenadine.
SERVED AT: JCT Kitchen, Atlanta
Game of Thrones
Named for the notoriously dark TV show, this appropriately dark and bitter drink mixes Bulleit bourbon, Demerara, Angostura bitters and Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters, plus cedar smoke.
SERVED AT: Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown, New Jersey
Get a Job You Lazy Plum
The name may draw a giggle, but the drink is serious stuff. Drawing on the restaurant’s Pan-Asian concept, head bartender Jeff Spear combines Japanese plum wine with Bulleit bourbon and Angostura bitters for a subtly sweet-spiced profile.
SERVED AT: Sujeo, Madison, Wisconsin
Good Ol' Boy
This particularly complex cocktail, created by Mike Di Tota, starts with brown-butter bourbon and house-made spiced burnt-orange syrup. It’s then mixed with Luxardo Amaro Abano, pear nectar, lemon and Angostura bitters and topped with a pear slice speared on a bamboo pick.
SERVED AT: The Bonnie, Astoria, New York
John Shenk's Redemption
Creamy and delicious, this drink mixes Michter’s bourbon with Luxardo amaretto, lemon, raspberry, egg white and black walnut bitters for the ultimate mash-up of Flip and Amaretto Sour.
SERVED AT: Sidecar, Jacksonville, Florida
Here, bourbon takes on Asia-inspired flavors, rounded out with kumquats, lemon and shiso leaves.
SERVED AT: Hinoki & the Bird, Los Angeles
Bearing a passing resemblance to a stone fruit–inflected Julep, this highball showcases Woodford Reserve bourbon, apricot preserves, lemon and mint.
SERVED AT: The Beach at Dream Downtown, New York City