Easy Spring Cocktails With Bourbon

spring cocktails with bourbon, peach smash cocktail

Ever since my trip to Louisville, bourbon is my new best friend. It has taken the spot of dare I say, tequila! I was a devout tequila drinker. But after learning about bourbon, tasting all the delicious varieties and cocktails in Kentucky, I am now a bourbon girl. Never thought I’d say those words. I definitely prefer bourbon when it’s in a great cocktail. I think it has such depth of flavor making it a really great ingredient for spring and summer cocktails.

We can’t forget about amazing winter cocktails too with bourbon. Honestly, this apple cider punch is a favorite for how warming and spicy it is. I’m also a big fan of this pear and maple martini. But since we’re heading into the long weekend, I thought I’d share a few spring cocktails with bourbon that you can enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend. And long into the summer months too.

Spring Cocktails With Bourbon

A few of my favorite spring cocktails with bourbon will include fresh fruits, herbs and simple mixers. There’s no need to make things fussy. Just grab a rocks glass or high ball glass, ice cubes and bookmark a few recipes to have a couple ingredients on hand for easy summer cocktails.

The Bourbon

Because I got an insider look at Coopers’ Craft this year, I’m clearly favoring it these days. But there are tons of other options to choose from. A few personal favorites include Bulleit, Monkey Shoulder and Woodford Reserve. Any bourbon will do in these cocktails those, so choose one that fits your price point and flavor profile and start mixing! And remember, all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.

There are some reasons that I just will never remember and always have to Google. But basically, for whiskey to be bourbon it must be made with 51% corn, made in the US and be barrel aged in NEW barrels for at least 2 years. Whiskey can be made in Scotland and Ireland too, but they’ll never be bourbon if they’re not made in the U S of A. So in honor of the Memorial Day Weekend, here our bourbon cocktails to love made from the good ol USA! But yes, you can swap out the bourbon for whatever whiskey you also like too, no one will be mad about that!

Classic Mint Julep
Classic Mint Julep Cocktail

A classic mint julep is so insanely easy to make and if you have a garden, I recommend growing mint for cocktails! It’s all you need with some water, sugar and bourbon. This is hands down the easiest cocktail!


Mint Julep Recipe
  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1-2 sugar cubes
  • 3-5 mint sprigs, leaves torn
  • 3 ounces of water
  • Shaved ice (regular ice is just fine too)

Add all ingredients to a julep cup and enjoy!

Honey Thyme Lemonade
honey thyme lemonade recipe with bourbon

When I think of bourbon I think of my friend Josh from The Kentucky Gent. He’s always whipping up amazing cocktails and beautiful imagery. This honey thyme lemonade sounds so refreshing. I’m adding it to my shopping list now so I can whip it up for the pool this weekend.


Honey Thyme Lemonade Recipe
  • Honey
  • Lemonade
  • Bourbon
  • Thyme

Click here to see The Kentucky Gent’s Recipe

Bourbon Peach Smash
bourbon peach smash recipe

I whipped this Georgia approved cocktail up a few months back after getting inspired by my Louisville trip. Peaches are in season right now and they’re just so beautiful! Paired with maple and mint, this is such a southern treat!


Peach Bourbon Smash Recipe
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 5-10 mint sprigs, torn
  • 2 oz of Coopers’ Craft
  • 1/2 oz of maple syrup or any simple syrup you like
  • Soda water

Add peach, mint & maple syrup to a shaker, muddle, then shake with bourbon & ice. Top with soda water.

Berry Mint Bourbon Popsicles
bourbon berry popsicle recipe

I absolutely love Sabrina’s blog, Loulou Sucre. She always has the best recipes. I saw these boozy popsicles and had to share them. Swap the strawberries for any berry your heart desires too!


Berry Bourbon Popsicle Recipe
  • Strawberries
  • Bourbon
  • Mint
  • Lemon

Check out her recipe here!

Bourbon Ginger Fizz

Kristin and I explored Louisville together and both truly fell in love with this spirit. No list of spring cocktails with bourbon is complete without including some sort of ginger beer if you ask me. It’s got a bite and tang that you just can’t get from anything else. This cocktail is refreshing and beautiful!


Bourbon Ginger Fizz
  • Bourbon
  • Ginger Beer
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary

Get the full recipe on Color By K

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7 Comments

  1. 5.24.19
    Laura Leigh said:

    I’m not a fan of bourbon but my husband LOVES it so I will definitely have to whip one of these up for him. I’m 99% sure he’d love them all!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • 5.24.19
      Jessica said:

      I used to think I wasn’t a fan either and now I’m forever changed. I think if you try a delicious cocktail with it you may enjoy it!

  2. 5.24.19
    Rachel said:

    I recently started drinking bourbon and it’s SO good! I can’t wait to try some of these recipes this weekend!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    • 5.24.19
      Jessica said:

      If you try any of them, be sure to tag me! I’d love to see what you create!

  3. 5.24.19
    Sabrina said:

    What a great post and thanks so much for including my cocktail in your round-up. I’m a huge Bourbon fan and can’t wait to try out these other cocktails.

    • 5.25.19
      Jessica said:

      Thanks for reading! I need to try the popsicle sounds is perfect for the weekend.

  4. 5.26.19
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Okay I looove the sound of the first one!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com