Turn to bourbon for easy, warming holiday cocktail

11/19/2013 10:47 AM

11/19/2013 11:11 AM

My definition of the ideal summer cocktail? Easy to make, refreshing to drink. Come the winter holidays, I make only one change: comforting to drink.

For cold-weather holidays, I gravitate to bourbon. It has all the qualities I’m looking for – warming, festive, affordable and compatible with whatever is on my plate. And you don’t need to do much to it to create a terrific cocktail you'll want to nurse your way through during a party.

Here’s a trio of holiday-friendly bourbon cocktails to get you started. The root beer in the rooted and brewed cocktail may seem unusual, but it is quite delicious and does not impart an overly sweet flavor.

BOURBON ORCHARD

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounces bourbon

4 ounces apple cider

1 teaspoon agave nectar

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, apple cider and agave nectar. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a tumbler.

ROOTED AND BREWED

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce coffee liqueur

Root beer

Fill an 8-ounce drinking glass with ice. Add the bourbon and coffee liqueur. Stir, then slowly pour in enough root beer to top off the glass. Gently stir again.

JUICY DREAMS

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounce bourbon

1 ounce Lillet

1/2 ounce lemon juice

2 ounces pomegranate juice

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, Lillet, lemon juice and pomegranate juice. Shake, then strain into an ice-filled tumbler.

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