Sometimes cocktails can fill you with warmth even when served over ice, and bourbon cocktails definitely fall into that category.

Bourbon is that most American of whiskeys. Early Scots and Irish settlers had a long tradition of whiskey (or whisky) distilling, but found that the wheat and rye they normally used were in short supply. What America had in abundance was corn. Rather than give up whiskey, distillers found a way to make use of what was available, and our beloved bourbon was born.

A bit of trivia – No whiskey distilled outside of the  United States can be labeled as bourbon, no matter how it is made. It’s estimated that anywhere from 90-95% of bourbon is distilled in Kentucky.

Snow Cap

  • 3 parts heavy cream
  • 3 parts bourbon
  • 2 parts orange liqueur
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

Stir all ingredients together.  Pour into a small brandy snifter over crushed ice.  Serve garnished with a dusting of nutmeg and an orange twist.

Bourbon Ball
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 part bourbon
  • 1/2 part hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 part creme de cacao
  • 1 part heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Combine bourbon, hazelnut liqueur and creme de cacao in a shaker with ice and shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. 
  3. Layer cream on top, and serve garnished with chocolate shavings. 

Notes

If you prefer, the cream can be mixed with the whiskey and liquors, but it looks much cooler layered.

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