11 Bourbon Recipes to Keep You Warm All Fall and Winter Long

Ryan Nadolny | Ryan Eats Everything

As the #1 spirit sold in the United States, bourbon needs no introduction, but we’re going to wax poetic about the very best bourbon recipes anyway.

In 2021, Kentucky reported a record breaking 12 million barrels of bourbon in the entire state. With a population of 4.5million people, simple math tells us there are nearly 3x as many barrels of whiskey as there are people.

For some reason, that brings me great comfort. If the apocalypse ever happens, you’ll know where to find me. (If you think I'm kidding, you don't even know me.)

In recent years, bourbon, rye and straight whiskey have exploded in popularity starting with a renewed interest in prohibition era cocktails that has since resulted in a new generation of bourbon swilling imbibers.

From Arby's smoked bourbon to the recently released Dr. Pepper bourbon flavored soda, bourbon is having a serious moment and I hear for al of it.

One of the best parts about this complex spirit is its incredible versatility.

Bourbon pairs as well with meat and seafood as it does with desserts and coffee in addition to making a great addition to many recipe.

Want to add a little more bourbon in your life? Yup. Me too!

Here are our top 11 favorite bourbon recipes:

1. Spiked Chai Latte Recipe

Few things are as comforting as a hot beverage on a cold dreary night. This spiked chai latte recipe is a simple recipe that leaves you with a chai concentrate that you can add to steamed milk. By itself, it can be quite overpowering, but whisked into steamed milk it becomes an incredible, perfectly spiced sipper. Just don’t forget to add your bourbon for a longer lasting feeling of warmth.

2. Bourbon Blackberry Jam Bars Recipe

An easy recipe utilizing one of natures greatest gifts, the blackberry, these bourbon blackberry jam bars are not to be missed. Fresh tart berries are first mixed with sweet blackberry jam and warm bourbon then dusted with confectioner’s sugar. The result is sweet, tart, and nicely spiced. If you can't get your hands on blackberries these jam bars could easily be made with a different type of berry as well.

3. Bourbon Brownie Pumpkin Pie Recipe

You had me at brownies. Literally any kind of brownies. This bourbon brownie pumpkin pie recipe the ultimate fall dessert for the person that can’t decide which one they want most. It’s like the turducken of sweets, with a mash up of pumpkin pie, brownies, and pecan pie. In other words, it's utterly delicious and you should absolutely add it into your dessert rotation this season.

4. Manhattan Cocktail Brownies Recipe

The Manhattan is the quintessential bourbon drink and it's a classic for a reason. Chocolate is a natural pairing for this cocktail that consists of bourbon, bitters, and sweet vermouth. Just like the drink, these Manhattan cocktail brownies are topped with the most decadent Luxardo cherries give you all the sweet, tart and bitter flavors you know and love from sipping your favorite cocktail.

5. Bourbon Ginger Cranberry Sauce Recipe

There is always much debate over the cranberry sauce. Canned or not canned? Chunky or smooth? I am team homemade cranberry sauce and this bourbon ginger cranberry sauce recipe is the one I will making for the rest of my life. Tart, sweet and bourbon. What else do you need?! While perfect for Thanksgiving, of course, this cranberry sauce is simple enough to make to pair with turkey, chicken or roast beef any night of the week.

6. Maple Pumpkin Bourbon Steamer Recipe

This maple pumpkin bourbon steamer recipe will warm you up from the inside out. My very first thought was to add coffee to this dessert cocktail for the ultimate sweet treat in a mug. Of course, it doesn’t need coffee, but who doesn’t need more coffee?! It's creamy, sweet and perfectly spiked with the spice of bourbon making it ideal after being out in the cold.

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