When it comes to alcoholic spirits, the best bourbons and whiskeys are flavorful straight. The rest can be buried inside these bourbon drinks. Or, better yet, hidden in the back of the liquor cabinet.

1. Paper Plane Cocktail

The Paper Plane blends bourbon, a touch of lemon, and both popular Italian apertifs: Aperol and Campari. Finally, you don’t have to choose between the two. Which leaves with one question: what would happen if we added Prosecco?

2. Vanilla Bourbon Fizz

Fizzy Prosecco perfectly complements the caramel and vanilla notes in bourbon, resulting in this light, holiday cocktail. It’s as well-suited to toasting at a New Year’s Eve party as it is to a low key evening curled up in a onesie front of a roaring fire.

3. Gold Rush Cocktail

Bourbon, honey syrup, and lemon juice come together to make a bourbon cocktail that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Especially if you’re bad at math.

4. Cara Cara Orange Whiskey Sour

This riff on the classic whiskey sour cocktail uses Cara Cara oranges in addition to the traditional lemon juice. Shaking this drink up with an egg white results in sky high, creamy foam.

5. Mint Julep

If you can’t make it to the Kentucky Derby, you can make a classic Mint Julep. All you’ll need is bourbon, fresh mint, simple syrup, and lots of crushed ice to make this strong drink that will convince you your hat was a good idea.

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