Three Cocktails You Need To Try On National Bourbon Day

Tomorrow, June 14th, is National Bourbon Day – basically our excuse for you to keep the long weekend going.

As the country’s increasing thirst for authentic, traditional spirits blends with a love of crafty and quirky takes on the classics, we thought we’d use this opportunity to explore this fusion in greater depth.

Bourbon’s well-established character has ensured its place as the backbone of some of your favourite cocktails. If you’re considering a cheeky post-work beverage, or hosting an all-out cocktail session with a few mates, below you’ll find our top three bourbon-infused staples to satisfy your fix on National Bourbon Day.

Paper Plane 3.0

1 ½ tablespoon Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Batch

1 ½ tablespoon Amaro Averna

1 ½ tablespoon Aperol

1 ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Zest grapefruit (garnish)

  • Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker three-quarters filled with ice
  • Shake until chilled
  • Double strain into a coupe glass
  • Garnish with grapefruit zest

Old Fashioned

4 tablespoons Russell’s Reserve 10-Year-Old Small Batch

1 tsp. Raw organic simple syrup

1 Orange peel

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

  • Muddle, stir with ice
  • Strain over one large cube into a chilled rocks glass
  • Express oil from orange peel and trace rim of cocktail glass
  • Garnish with an orange twist

 Julep Al Basilico

1 tablespoon Russell’s Reserve Single Barrell

4 tablespoons Cynar

4 tablespoons Pink grapefruit juice

1 tablespoon Rich sugar syrup

10 Basil leaves

  • Place fresh basil leaves, Cynar, sugar syrup in the bottom of the cocktail shaker and muddle well
  • Add bourbon grapefruit juice and fill shaker with ice
  • Shake well for 15 seconds to chill
  • Pack your glass with crushed ice 2/3 of the way full
  • Place basil sprig in glass and fill to the top with ice to hold it in place
  • Double strain the cocktail into the ice