Cocktails to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

September is (already!) upon us and, while this month marks the unofficial beginning of fall, it’s also one of the most exciting times for bourbon lovers in America – National Bourbon Heritage Month.

This month-long holiday was declared in 2007 when the United States Senate passed a bill to honor the American-made spirit as well as the family heritage, tradition and legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States.

To celebrate this brown spirit and its heritage, we’ve rounded up a few of the best American whiskeys plus some easy-to-mix cocktail recipes. Offering something for everyone, we thought the below drinks would be great to share and perfect for raising your glass and toasting to bourbon during the month of September!

If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday with more than just a cocktail, they can also visit the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller. The most recent addition to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Stitzel-Weller is a historic site that is home to many of the industry’s iconic brands – and you can learn more about (and taste!) the Bulleit portfolio while you’re there.

The Anytimer

1.3 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
1 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Lemon juice
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. amaretto

Shake ingredients and strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

The Anytimer

Gramercy Buck

Cocktail created by Amanda Tissue of the Gramercy Park Hotel 


1.3 oz. Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz. Lemon Juice
.75 oz. Simple Syrup
Muddled Strawberries

Top off with Ginger Beer

Serve in a highball glass.


Old Fashioned

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bar Spoon of Brown Sugar
Dash of Orange Bitters
2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters
House-made Cherries
Garnish with Orange Twist


Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old

1.5 oz. Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old
Enjoy neat or on the rocks




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