I love hosting adult-y parties in our apartment. This past Thanksgiving, we hosted a “Friendsgiving” at our place, and had some friends over and we all stuffed our faces with some yummy Thanksgiving delicacies. But my point of pride from the event was the bar setup. I had recipes for at least ten unique cocktails requiring all different types of spirits (from Mezcal, my current fave, to gin, vodka, and bourbon), juices/mixers (cranberry, grapefruit, apple, ginger beer, lemon, lime), syrups (I got fancy with my honey and regular simple syrup, y’all), bitters, and garnishes (thyme, oranges, cherries, limes, apples). The drinks ranged from a smoky grapefruit flavor profile to a honey-lemon bourbon cocktail and cranberry mules. Yummy.
That is an extreme example of hosting a boozy event. You do not have to get super fancy every time you host. It is okay to start small (and cheap). However, there are a couple of basic, but very classy recipes every host should know and be prepared for. In my humble opinion, the Manhattan and the Old-Fashioned are two must-knows in the bourbon world. Truth time: I am personally not a bourbon drinker, but it seems like all of my friends are and they love these bourbon cocktails.
Old Fashioned Recipe.
Enjoy your bourbon cocktails and happy hosting! Chime in: what are your go-to bourbon drinks?