Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Cobbler

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a unique spin on a classic cocktail? Try this Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail recipe! It’s bursting with flavor, simple to make, and the ingredients are easy to get.

Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

You'll love this straightforward Bourbon Cobbler recipe! It combines bourbon, fresh fruit, and sugar into a refreshing fall cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

187 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 orange slices
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Choose an old fashioned glass, ice it up, stir and set aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 3 orange slices and 2 lemon slices in your shaker.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the fruit and release their juices.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Add Ice: Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Close the shaker and give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients.
  • Prep Glass: Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into the glass and fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Put a straw into the glass and place a sprig of mint on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still make a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a different sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Cobbler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 24 orange slices, 16 slices of lemon, 16 oz of bourbon and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the citrus, combine the bourbon and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking bourbon's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar or use an alternative such as agave nectar.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
187
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
81
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
88
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
21
mg
25
%
Calcium
 
17
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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You'll love this straightforward Bourbon Cobbler recipe! It combines bourbon, fresh fruit, and sugar into a refreshing fall cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 187

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3 orange slices
  • 2 lemon slices
  • Mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Choose an old fashioned glass, ice it up, stir and set aside.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 3 orange slices and 2 lemon slices in your shaker.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the fruit and release their juices.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Add Ice: Fill your shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Close the shaker and give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients.
  • Prep Glass: Discard the ice from your old fashioned glass.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into the glass and fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Put a straw into the glass and place a sprig of mint on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, you can use rye whiskey or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still make a delicious cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a different sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Cobbler:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 24 orange slices, 16 slices of lemon, 16 oz of bourbon and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the citrus, combine the bourbon and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; these are available in the market and do a good job mimicking bourbon's flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is made with vegan-friendly sugar or use an alternative such as agave nectar.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan-friendly, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail.

What is a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail?

A Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail is a whiskey-based mixed drink made of bourbon, sugar, and fresh fruit. This cocktail is simple to make; it only requires simple ingredients and muddling. The key to its unique flavor profile is using high-quality bourbon.  The Bourbon Cobbler belongs to the broader family of “cobbler” cocktails, characterized by their use of fresh fruit and crushed ice. An interesting fact about this cocktail dates back to the 19th century when cobblers were popular refreshments during the hot summer months due to their cooling properties.

A side shot of a Bourbon Cobbler cocktail in an old fashioned glasson a wooden coaster placed on a turquoise tray surrounded by a white cloth, and a bowl withlemon and orange.

What is a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail made of – The ingredients

A Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail requires the following ingredients:

  • Bourbon: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Simple Syrup: Adds sweetness to balance out the strong, robust flavor of the bourbon.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Gives the cocktail a tangy kick, enhancing its overall flavor profile.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: Adds a sweet and slightly tart taste, complementing the other ingredients.
  • Crushed Ice: Chills the cocktail and dilutes it slightly, making it more palatable.
  • Mint Leaves (optional): Used for garnishing. If muddled into the drink, they give a refreshing aroma and a slight minty taste.

Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon, orange, and sugar cubes laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail?

Our guide provides an easy way for you to learn how to prepare a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by chilling an old fashioned glass.</p>

Start by chilling an old fashioned glass.

2
<p>Add 3 orange slices in a shaker.</p>

Add 3 orange slices in a shaker.

3
<p>Add 2 lemon slices in the shaker.</p>

Add 2 lemon slices in the shaker.

4
<p>Muddle the slices in the shaker. The citrus will brighten up the cocktail, balancing out the sweetness of the other ingredients.</p>

Muddle the slices in the shaker. The citrus will brighten up the cocktail, balancing out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

5
<p>Add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the mix. This will add sweetness to your cocktail, complementing the tartness of the lemon juice.</p>

Add ½ ounce of simple syrup to the mix. This will add sweetness to your cocktail, complementing the tartness of the lemon juice.

6
<p>Measure and pour 2 ounces of Bourbon whiskey into the shaker. This is the show's star, providing a strong, smooth base for your cocktail.</p>

Measure and pour 2 ounces of Bourbon whiskey into the shaker. This is the show's star, providing a strong, smooth base for your cocktail.

7
<p>Ice up the shaker</p>

Ice up the shaker

8
<p>Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.</p>

Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

9
<p>Strain the drink into the old fashioned.</p>

Strain the drink into the old fashioned.

10
<p>Fill the old fashioned glass up with crushed ice.</p>

Fill the old fashioned glass up with crushed ice.

11
<p>Add a straw and garnish with a mint sprig. This will add a pop of color to your cocktail, making it as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.</p>

Add a straw and garnish with a mint sprig. This will add a pop of color to your cocktail, making it as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

History and Origin of the Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail

The story begins in the early 1800s when cocktails were a relatively new concept. “cobbler” was initially used to describe a drink made with wine and sugar and garnished with fresh fruit. Not later, bartenders started experimenting with different spirits, including bourbon.

The Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail emerged during this era of experimentation. Bartenders began swapping out the traditional wine for bourbon, creating a new variant of the cobbler. This change gave birth to the Bourbon Cobbler we know today – a refreshing mix of sweet, sour, and strong flavors.

A Bourbon Cobbler cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon, orange, and sugar cubes

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail contain?
A standard serving of a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail?
The strength of a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail can vary based on the bourbon used. On average, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-30%, which translates to 40-60 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol in a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail is bourbon. This American whiskey lends the cocktail its distinctive flavor and strength.
In what type of glass is a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass. These short, sturdy glasses showcase the cocktail's beautiful color and garnishes.
What does a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail taste like?
A Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The bourbon provides warmth and depth, while the citrus notes from lemon or orange add freshness. The sugar or simple syrup rounds out the drink with sweetness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail is two ounces of bourbon whiskey, a few slices of citrus, and ½ ounce of sugar syrup. However, you can adjust these ratios to suit your taste preferences.
How is a Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail served with ice?
A Bourbon Cobbler Cocktail is usually served over crushed ice. This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong bourbon flavor over time.

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