If you missed it, National Bourbon Day was on June 14th. And while we certainly tipped back a few dark liquor drinks, the party continues, as we celebrate this storied spirit Miami-style with these special 8 Bourbon cocktails that you need to drink now.
According to legend, June 14th is the official day of bourbon as it was on this day in 1789 that the Reverend Elijah Craig first produced the whiskey in Kentucky. The newfound popularity of bourbon may be new, but the barrel-aged, corn-distilled spirit is not.
The strictly standardized American whiskey may be made anywhere in the United States, but it is strongly linked with the South. Think Bourbon County in Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Never less than 80 proof, you can dilute Bourbon with water, or mix it with your favorite carbonated beverage. However, it’s the go-to dark spirit for the beloved Old Fashioned.
Just because National Bourbon Day has passed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these drinks all year long. Here are some special Bourbon cocktails to enjoy at local Miami hotspots:
8 Bourbon Cocktails in Miami
An Old Fashioned Affirmation at Il Mulino
Photo Courtesy of Il Mulino South Beach
Ingredients: Bourbon, Combier Triple Sec and Strawberry Cordial
Address: 840 1st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | ilmulino.com/south-beach, @ilmulinony
Beast of Bourbon at Sweet Liberty
Photo Courtesy of World Red Eye
Ingredients: Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Coffee Liqueur, All Spice and Angostura Bitters. Stir and strain over large cube, double rocks glass and garnished with grated coffee bean and orange peel.
Address: 237 20th Street #B, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | mysweetliberty.com, @mysweetliberty
Billionaire Cocktail at Employees Only Miami
Photo Credit: Emilie Baltz
Ingredients: Baker’s Bourbon shaken with Fresh Lemon Juice, EO Grenadine and Absinthe Bitters
Address: 1030 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | employeesonlymiami.com, @employeesonlymiami
Byblos Old Fashioned at Byblos Miami
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Ingredients: Bourbon Whiskey, Stolen Smoked Rum, House-blended Turkish Coffee Bitters and Orange Angostura Bitters. Stirred, served in a rocks glass over a single large ice cube with an orange zest.
Address: 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | byblosmiami.com, @ByblosMiami
Eye Candy at Sorso
Photo Courtesy of Fontainebleau Miami
Ingredients: Bourbon infused over Almonds, Vanilla Beans and Dried Apricots, and finished with Amaro Montenegro in an orange peel smoked glass.
Address: 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140(inside Scarpetta’s at Fontainebleau Miami Beach) | fontainebleau.com/sorso-by-scott-conant-lounge-at-scarpetta, @fontainebleau
Last Train at Fi’lia – SLS Brickell
Photo Courtesy of SLS Brickell
Ingredients: Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Marolo Grappa & Chamomile Liqueur, Cardamaro Amaro, Egg White, and Lemon.
Address: 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami (at SLS Brickell) | sbe.com/filia, @FiliaRestaurant
Perfectly Pear’d at Commonwealth
Photo Courtesy of Commonwealth Miami
Ingredients: Bourbon, Pear Simple Syrup, and Pear Slice.
Address: 1216 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | commonwealthmiami.com, @commonwealthmiami
The Vintage at Kings Bowl Doral
Photo Courtesy of Kings Bowl
Ingredients: Bourbon added to ice-filled a shaker with muddled Raw Sugar, Orange, Luxado Cherry, and dashes of Fee Bros. Orange and Aromatic Bitters, shaken, then strained into a rocks glass, and garnished with flamed orange zest.
Address: 3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue, Doral, FL(at Doral CityPlace) | kingsbowlamerica.com/