Joys of bourbon

For the connoisseur and casual drinker alike. Both formal and approachable, drinkable and mixable, bourbon is perhaps the world's most versatile spirit. How is it best enjoyed? Let us count the ways.
A glass of bourbon served neat - with nothing added

Undiluted, without ice, served at room temperature typically in a rocks glass or snifter

This is typically the connoisseur’s preference, allowing the drinker to most clearly distinguish the flavor an aroma profile of a given bourbon.

A glass of bourbon on the rocks or with ice cubes

Served on ice in a rocks glass

A more approachable way to enjoy bourbon, as the melted ice will subtly dilute some of the flavors, but can often "bring out" certain nuances.

Bourbon served in cocktails like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned

The classics: Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Mint Julep

Bourbon has long been enjoyed in cocktails due to its unique flavor and versatility. From the Kentucky Derby drink of choice, the Mint Julep, to the sophisticated and timeless Manhattan, and dozens of other popular concoctions, the possibilities for bourbon cocktails are seemingly endless.

A bourbon mixed drink - a glass with bourbon and cola with lime

Bourbon is incredibly mixable with drinks such as cola and ginger ale. 

Creating a simple mixed drink makes bourbon highly drinkable. Both ginger ale and cola have been longtime favorites for their complimentary flavors. Other favorites include soda water and lemon-lime soda.