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Christmas Bourbon Cocktails For Every Occasion

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Christmas Bourbon Cocktails For Every Occasion

If you’ve had your fill of eggnog, the sparkle has gone out of the champagne, and you can’t face another dry martini, it’s time for these easy Christmas bourbon cocktails. The festive season is busy enough, so we’ve kept these Christmas drinks quick and easy so you can enjoy them on any occasion. 

So, whether you’re decorating the Christmas tree, preparing the Christmas dinner, drowning out the sound of Christmas carols on repeat, or watching your extended family members argue, these cocktails will take the edge off and help you have a holly, jolly Christmas. 

Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey

If you’re wondering what the difference is between bourbon and whiskey, we’ve written a blog for that. We’re not going to battle out the definitions over the holiday period, but suffice it to say that Old Tennessee Distilling Company distills premium Tennessee and Bourbon whiskey using farm-to-bottle ingredients. Our range includes the 101 Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the smoky yet smooth Butcher’s Bourbon, and our Tennessee Bourbon, finished in honey casks. 

Whether you stick with one or stock your bar with all of them, these three amigos will start the festivities this Christmas. 

The Best Christmas Bourbon Cocktails 

Hot Tennessee Toddy

You don’t need illness as an excuse to enjoy this delicious twist on a hot toddy. 


  • 2 oz. Tennessee Bourbon (honey cask finished) 
  • 2 oz. boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey 
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of lemon 
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg

Combine the bourbon, honey, and boiling water in a mug or a heatproof glass with a handle. Add the cloves, cinnamon, and lemon and leave them standing for a few minutes to develop the flavors. Sprinkle in the nutmeg just before serving. Vamp up your drink by rimming the edge of your mug with some light brown sugar, or add a couple of star anise for a Christmas feel. 

Christmas Irish Coffee 

Technically, this drink is a coffee, so it can be drunk any time of the day…right? Well, it is the silly season!  


  • 1 ½ oz. Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3/4 cup of freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Whipped cream for serving
  • A pinch of cinnamon  

Combine the hot coffee, bourbon, and maple syrup in a mug or Irish coffee glass and stir well until combined. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle the cinnamon. If you want to up the flavor game in this Christmas bourbon cocktail, why not use a candy cane as a drink stirrer? 

Tennessee Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail

We know, we know, apple cocktails are more like fall cocktails than winter, but trust us, this drink will help you while you prepare your Christmas feast. 


  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup of Butcher’s Bourbon Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh, if possible)
  • ½ tsp of maple syrup (optional, to taste)
  • Dash of club soda (optional, to taste)
  • 2 slices of a red apple for garnish

Combine the cider, bourbon, and lemon juice in a mixer and pour into a tumbler over ice. If you’re using maple syrup, add it at the mixer stage, and if you’re using club soda for an extra fizz, pour it in the tumbler at the end. Garnish your Christmas cocktail with apple slices and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you like. 

Bourbon Christmas Sour

Swap out your year-round whiskey sour recipe for this Christmas-inspired cocktail. Quick and easy, you’ll be feeling festive in no time. 


  • 2 oz Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz orange juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup 
  • Orange peel for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Combine the bourbon and simple syrup, add the lemon and orange juice, and stir to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with orange peel and a maraschino cherry. 

Choose Bourbon for Your Easy Christmas Cocktails

At our distillery near Sevierville, TN, you’ll find all the spirits you need to make your Christmas bourbon cocktails a success. Stock up for your bourbon cocktails, and kit out your bar with our other spirits while you’re here. We’re open seven days a week until 9 pm from Monday to Thursday, 10 pm on Saturday and 7 pm on Sundays.

Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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