We've got the best bourbon cocktails for you to try, from smooth and tart whisky sours to sophisticated manhattans. We've also got plenty of easy bourbon cocktails, including a three-ingredient old fashioned and mint julep.


Need whisky for your cocktails? Check out our favourite bourbons, and then explore other whiskies including rye, Irish and Japanese whiskies.

11 bourbon cocktail recipes


Negroni’s autumnal cousin, a boulevardier cocktail uses bourbon instead of gin and adds a rich, rounded edge to the drink.

A dark red cocktail in a tumbler with a twist of orange peel on the rim

Bourbon and apple fizz

Apple and whiskey are a great match. Turn them into an innovative cocktail with a little help from Angostura bitters.

An apple cocktail in a tall glass

Old fashioned

Sultry, boozy and perfect for sipping slowly, an old fashioned is a classic whisky cocktail that calls for just three ingredients.

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Easy Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Paper plane cocktail

A great digestif, this Italian cocktail from Maria G’s in Kensington balances bourbon with amaro, a bitter-sweet herbal liqueur.

A cocktail in a stemmed glass with a twist of lemon peel on top

Whisky sour

In a whisky sour, the lemon juice is (almost) as vital as the bourbon. A generous, foamy top is what you're aiming for with this cocktail recipe. The warming bourbon paired with the sharp citrus, a hint of sweetness and silky smooth egg white makes this a perfectly balanced serve.

Whisky Sour Recipe

Mint julep

An easy three-ingredient drink, a mint julep is the perfect whisky cocktail for summer. Make sure you use crushed ice for this recipe as it dilutes more quickly, which is essential for the final taste of the cocktail.

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Revolver cocktail

Elevate your festive tipple! Beyond the espresso martini, indulge in a caffeinated Christmas sipper with this unique twist on a Manhattan.

A cocktail against a white background

Bourbon campfire cocktail

Curl up at home an recreate Bonfire Night with this sweet and smokey bourbon cocktail from the brilliant team at London whisky bar Black Rock.

A bourbon cocktail topped with a marshmallow and placed alongside a bottle of bourbon

Kentucky royale

This is the best bourbon cocktail. This classic recipe combines bourbon with Chambord, the delicious raspberry liqueur. Ginger beer ties it all together, and a raspberry garnish finishes it off nicely. It's one for sipping in the sunshine.

Kentucky Royale Cocktail Recipe

Manhattan cocktail

Live like a trendy New Yorker with our classic Manhattan recipe. It's best served in a coupe glass with an luminous cocktail cherry to garnish. Smooth bourbon paired with sweet vermouth and herbal bitters... this drink has it all.

A Manhattan cocktail served in a coupe glass

Peach and mint julep

A mint julep is the perfect thing to sip as summer starts to heat up. Make a batch of minted bourbon and keep in the fridge for instant cocktails. You can jazz this recipe up with fresh peaches.

Peach Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple whisky sour

Like a whisky sour, but with a little tangy pineapple juice. Adding a little fruit makes this whisky cocktail light and refreshing.

Pineapple Whisky Sour Recipe


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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