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I like a couple fingers over ice. Occasionally I'll add a splash of ginger ale. Some folks sip it straight. Others do shots. Still others like to use it in mixed drinks. Following are some whiskey cocktails for your whiskey drinkin' pleasure:

Bourbon Chill

1-1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 os cherry liquer (or sloe gin)
lime wedge
3 to 4 oz cola

Pour bourbon and liquer over ice in tall glass. Squeeze lime into glass and add the rind. Add cola and stir.

Bourbon Cowboy Cooler
(serves two)

1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or canned)
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
6 oz orange juice
3 oz bourbon
1/2 oz Asti Spumante

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.Pour into wine or margarita glasses, garnish pineapple chunks on a toothpick.

Bourbon Cowboy's Cure for the Common Cold

1/2 vanilla bean
1 whole clove
1 Szechuan peppercorn, bruised
1 cup boiling water
2 oz bourbon
1 cinnamon stick

In tea-strainer or cheesecloth combine the vanilla bean, clove and peppercorn.Place in large mug and add boiling water, bourbon, and cinnamon stick. Let steep for several minutes, stiring ocassionaly with cinnamon stick.Remove strainer and serve.

Bourbon Milk Punch

2 oz bourbon
4 oz milk
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass half-filled with ice.Shake well, pour into large glass & serve.

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Bourbon Cowboy's Breakfast of Champions

2 oz bourbon
Fresh Apple Cider

Pour the bourbon into a glass, over ice if desired, and add cider to taste.I used to mix this up in a wineskin (without ice) to bring to football games and homecoming bonfires. For a delightful winter variation, heat the cider on the stove or in a crock pot, and serve it in a mug with 1-1/2 oz of whiskey and a cinnamon stick. May also be made with hard cider for an extra kick!

Hancock Sour

1-1/2 oz bourbon
3/4 oz lime juice
1 teaspoon Jamaican rum
1 teaspoon rock candy syrup or superfine sugar
Club soda, chilled

Shaked first 4 ingredients briskly with ice. Strain over fresh ice into large old fashioned glass. Add splash of soda to taste.

Named for Union general Winfield Scott Hancock.

Jim Morrison

1/2 oz Jack Daniel's
1/2 oz Jim Beam
1/2 oz Wild Turkey
1/2 oz Seagram's 7

In chilled double-shot glass (or any chilled glass big enough to hold 2 shots) mix in the Jack D, Jim B, Seagram 7, and Wild Turkey.

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2-1/2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
1/2 to 1-1/2 oz sweet vermouth (depending on your taste)
3 dashes Orange or Angostura bitters
1 maraschino cherry

Pour the whiskey, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass half-filled with ice. Stir well to blend and chill. Strain mixture into cocktail (martini) glass and garnish with cherry.

Mint Julep

3 cups crushed ice
3 oz bourbon
1 oz simple syrup
1 boquet of fresh mint (cut stems short at last possible moment)

Fill a julep cup or metal shaker 2/3 full with ice. Add bourbon and simple syrup, stir to blend. Pack the glass with more crushed ice so that ice slightly domes over the rim. Garnish with mint and insert straws. Let drink stand a minute until thin layer of ice forms on glass.


3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 teaspoon water
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
2-1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 orange slice
maraschino cherry

Combine bitters, water and sugar in old-fashioned glass.Stir to dissolve sugar. Fill glass with ice, add bourbon and stir gently. Garnish with orange and cherry.


2 oz bourbon
3 oz ginger ale
2 oz Club soda
lemon wedge

Pour bourbon over ice in tall glass. Squeeze lemon into glass and add rind. Add ginger ale and soda, stir and serve.

Whiskey Sour

2-1/2 oz bourbon
1-1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar
orange slice
maraschino cherry

Combine whiskey, lemon juice and sugar in a shaker half-full of ice. Shake well and strain into a whiskey sour glass, either straight up or on-the-rocks at the drinker's preference. Garnish with orange & cherry.
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