3 Bourbon Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

2018 is only a few days away! If you’re opting to bring in the year at home with a few friends, I’m sharing a few of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon‘s cocktail recipes from their mixologist, Michael Ring, to get you started. Michael is taking the healthier road by using fresh ingredients and ditching the sugars and syrups. He’s also provided mocktail versions for those participating in the Dry January challenge. Thanks Michael!

Cran-Orange Sparkler

Photo courtesy of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.50 oz Simple Syrup

6 ea Fresh Cranberries

2-3 oz Orange Flavored Sparkling Water

2 dash Orange Bitters

1 ea Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler. Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.

For the mocktail version replace the bourbon with lemonade

Bourbon Blackberry Rickey

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 oz Simple Syrup

2-4 oz Sparkling water

4 ea Fresh blackberries

1 ea lime wheel skewered with blackberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add Coopers Craft Bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with Lime and Blackberry skewer and serve with a straw.

Simply omit the bourbon for a delicious mocktail.

The Golden Grapefruit

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.5 oz Honey Syrup**

1 tbsp Chopped Crystalized Ginger

3-4 oz Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water

2-3 dsh Grapefruit or orange bitters

1 ea Mint Sprig

In a cocktail shaker muddle the crystallized Ginger and Honey syrup. Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and fill with ice, shake for 15 seconds until chilled. Strain into Ice filled Collins Glass, top with Grapefruit Seltzer and two dashes of bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with a straw.

** Honey Syrup (1/2 cup hot water +1/2 cup honey cooled to room temp)

For the mocktail version, simply replace the bourbon with lemonade.

About Coppers’ Craft

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels and the importance of wood in bourbon-making, Coopers’ Craft uses a unique charcoal finishing process. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, Korbel, Finlandia, Chambord and Sonoma-Cutrer.

*This post is sponsored by Coopers’ Craft Bourbon.

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