Bourbon Lift Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Lift

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Bourbon Lift Recipe

Savor the season with this straightforward Bourbon Lift recipe! The fluffy blend of bourbon, cream, coffee liqueur, orgeat syrup and soda water makes it a top-notch fall cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

245 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz orgeat syrup
  • ½ oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz club soda, to top up
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Highball or Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Heavy Cream: Take the shaker and pour ½ oz heavy cream inside.
  • Add Orgeat Syrup: Add ½ oz orgeat syrup.
  • Add Coffee Liqueur: Pour ½ oz coffee liqueur into the shaker as well.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and add 1½ oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Dry Shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid into the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Pour: Take the Highball or Collins glass and pour the drink into the glass.
  • Top Up: Fill up with Club Soda and let it rest for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add More Soda: Gently add another splash of soda: this will lift the foam above the top of the glass and give the drink its signature look and fluffy texture.
  • Serve: Add a straw and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, use rye whiskey, dark rum or even cognac for a different flavor profile.
  • Heavy Cream: Half-and-half or whole milk can be used as a substitute for heavy cream if needed, but remember that this will make the drink less creamy.
  • Almond Orgeat Syrup: If you can't find almond orgeat syrup, you can make your own by simmering equal parts sugar and unsweetened almond milk until it thickens into a syrup. You can also add a few drops of almond extra for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you're out of coffee liqueur, try using a strong brewed coffee or espresso (in which case, depending on your preference, you may have to adjust the overall sweetness of the drink). You could also use a coffee-flavored syrup if you have it.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a coffee-flavored syrup or strong-brewed coffee instead of the coffee liqueur.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Heavy Cream Substitute: Use a plant-based cream substitute like coconut or soy creamer to replace the heavy cream in this recipe. These will give you a similar creamy texture without any animal products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
245
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Sodium
 
26
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Potassium
 
16
mg
0
%
Cholesterol
 
16
mg
5
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Vitamin A
 
208
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
14
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.04
mg
0
%

 

Bourbon Lift Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Lift Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Savor the season with this straightforward Bourbon Lift recipe! The fluffy blend of bourbon, cream, coffee liqueur, orgeat syrup and soda water makes it a top-notch fall cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 245

Ingredients
 

  • oz Bourbon
  • ½ oz heavy cream
  • ½ oz orgeat syrup
  • ½ oz coffee liqueur
  • 3 oz club soda - to top up
  • Ice cubes

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Highball or Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill a Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Heavy Cream: Take the shaker and pour ½ oz heavy cream inside.
  • Add Orgeat Syrup: Add ½ oz orgeat syrup.
  • Add Coffee Liqueur: Pour ½ oz coffee liqueur into the shaker as well.
  • Add Bourbon: Measure and add 1½ oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice. Close it well and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Dry Shake: Open the shaker. Using the cocktail strainer, pour the liquid into the other tin and discard the ice. Close the shaker again and shake another time, for 15-20 seconds, without ice this time.
  • Pour: Take the Highball or Collins glass and pour the drink into the glass.
  • Top Up: Fill up with Club Soda and let it rest for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add More Soda: Gently add another splash of soda: this will lift the foam above the top of the glass and give the drink its signature look and fluffy texture.
  • Serve: Add a straw and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, use rye whiskey, dark rum or even cognac for a different flavor profile.
  • Heavy Cream: Half-and-half or whole milk can be used as a substitute for heavy cream if needed, but remember that this will make the drink less creamy.
  • Almond Orgeat Syrup: If you can't find almond orgeat syrup, you can make your own by simmering equal parts sugar and unsweetened almond milk until it thickens into a syrup. You can also add a few drops of almond extra for an extra kick of flavor.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If you're out of coffee liqueur, try using a strong brewed coffee or espresso (in which case, depending on your preference, you may have to adjust the overall sweetness of the drink). You could also use a coffee-flavored syrup if you have it.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a coffee-flavored syrup or strong-brewed coffee instead of the coffee liqueur.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Heavy Cream Substitute: Use a plant-based cream substitute like coconut or soy creamer to replace the heavy cream in this recipe. These will give you a similar creamy texture without any animal products.

What is a Bourbon Lift?

A Bourbon Lift is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, coffee liqueur, heavy cream, and orgeat (almond) syrup. Despite the complexity of its flavor profile, it’s relatively easy to make as long as you have all the ingredients on hand… And are ready to give it a really, really good shake.

The Bourbon Lift isn’t directly derived from any classic cocktails. Still, it stands out due to its unique combination of flavors – sweet notes from the almond orgeat and coffee liqueur balanced by rich undertones from heavy cream and robust bourbon whiskey. This drink offers an exciting twist for those who enjoy creamy cocktails like White Russians but want more depth and warmth from good-quality bourbon.

A side shot of a Bourbon Lift cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a turquoise tray surrounded by a jigger, a shaker, a bar spoon, and a white cloth

What is a Bourbon Lift made of – The ingredients

The following ingredients are necessary for a Bourbon Lift:

  • Bourbon: The base spirit of the cocktail, bourbon gives the drink its characteristic rich and smooth flavor.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Adds a deep, sweet coffee flavor to the cocktail, complementing the bourbon’s natural sweetness.
  • Heavy Cream: Gives the cocktail a creamy texture and balances out the strong flavors of the bourbon and coffee liqueur.
  • Orgeat Syrup: Sweetens the drink while adding a subtle nutty sweetness and enhancing the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.
  • Club Soda: Used to give the cocktail its signature “foam top”. It also adds a subtle carbonation to the cocktail, making it fizzy and refreshing.

Bourbon, heavy cream, orgeat syrup, coffee liqueur and soda laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bourbon Lift?

Master the process of making a Bourbon Lift with our guide:

1
<p>Begin by filling a Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, then set it aside.</p>

Begin by filling a Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to ensure the glass is well-chilled, then set it aside.

2
<p>In the shaker, pour ½ ounce of heavy cream. The heavy cream adds richness and creaminess to the cocktail, creating a smooth texture that balances the other flavors.</p>

In the shaker, pour ½ ounce of heavy cream. The heavy cream adds richness and creaminess to the cocktail, creating a smooth texture that balances the other flavors.

3
<p>Add ½ ounce of orgeat (almond) syrup into the shaker.</p>

Add ½ ounce of orgeat (almond) syrup into the shaker.

4
<p>Pour ½ ounce of coffee liqueur into the shaker as well. The coffee liqueur adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, with its rich and robust coffee flavor complementing the sweetness of the orgeat syrup.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of coffee liqueur into the shaker as well. The coffee liqueur adds depth and complexity to the cocktail, with its rich and robust coffee flavor complementing the sweetness of the orgeat syrup.

5
<p>Finally, measure and add 1 ½ ounces of Bourbon to the mix. The Bourbon serves as the base spirit, providing a smooth and complex flavor profile that forms the backbone of the cocktail.</p>

Finally, measure and add 1 ½ ounces of Bourbon to the mix. The Bourbon serves as the base spirit, providing a smooth and complex flavor profile that forms the backbone of the cocktail.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Close it tightly, and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.</p>

Close it tightly, and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

8
<p>Open the shaker and strain the liquid into the other tin, discarding the ice.</p>

Open the shaker and strain the liquid into the other tin, discarding the ice.

9
<p>Close the shaker again and shake for an additional 15-20 seconds without ice. This dry shaking process helps to emulsify the ingredients and create a frothy texture.</p>

Close the shaker again and shake for an additional 15-20 seconds without ice. This dry shaking process helps to emulsify the ingredients and create a frothy texture.

10
<p>Take the Highball or Collins glass without ice and pour the drink into the glass.</p>

Take the Highball or Collins glass without ice and pour the drink into the glass.

11
<p>Fill the glass with a bit of Club Soda and let it rest for 20-30 seconds. This allows the flavors to meld and the foam to settle. Once the foam has settled, gently add another splash of soda to lift the foam above the top of the glass and give the drink its signature look and fluffy texture.</p>

Fill the glass with a bit of Club Soda and let it rest for 20-30 seconds. This allows the flavors to meld and the foam to settle. Once the foam has settled, gently add another splash of soda to lift the foam above the top of the glass and give the drink its signature look and fluffy texture.

12
<p>Insert a straw into the glass and serve immediately. Enjoy the creamy richness and complex flavors of your home-made Bourbon Lift cocktail!</p>

Insert a straw into the glass and serve immediately. Enjoy the creamy richness and complex flavors of your home-made Bourbon Lift cocktail!

History and Origin of the Bourbon Lift

The Bourbon Lift cocktail is a tasty mix of bourbon, coffee liqueur, orgeat syrup, heavy cream, and club soda. It was created by Erik Adkins while working at Hard Water, a now definitely closed bar on San Francisco Pier 3. Some people like to describe it as a boozy version of a New York egg cream.

A Bourbon Lift cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige table surrounded by Bourbon, heavy cream, orgeat syrup, coffee liqueur and soda

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bourbon Lift?
A standard serving of Bourbon Lift contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
How strong is a Bourbon Lift?
The strength of a Bourbon Lift can vary based on the ratio of ingredients, but typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 15-20% and a proof of 3 -40. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Lift?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used in a Bourbon Lift is bourbon. The choice of bourbon can significantly influence the flavor profile of the drink. It also contains a small quantity of coffee liqueur.
In what kind of glass is a Bourbon Lift served?
Traditionally, a Bourbon Lift is served in a Collins glass. These thin glasses are ideal for showcasing the rich color and allowing room for the foam on top of the drink.
What does a Bourbon Lift taste like?
A well-made Bourbon Lift offers a complex flavor profile that balances the bourbon's sweetness, bitterness, and warmth. You'll likely taste notes of caramel and vanilla from the bourbon, balanced by the slight bitterness of the coffee and the nuttyness of the orgeat.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Lift?
The typical ratio for a Bourbon Lift is 3 parts bourbon to 1 part heavy cream, 1 part coffee liqueur and 1 part orgeat syrup. The club soda is added at the end in a relatively small proportion, around 1 or 2 parts.
How is a Bourbon Lift with concerning ice?
A Bourbon Lift is served over ice, often called "on the rocks." This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors over time.

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