Bourbon Sling Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Sling

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for an exceptional cocktail? Look no further than this Bourbon Sling recipe! It’s a delicious drink that you can easily create using straightforward ingredients.

Bourbon Sling Recipe

Treat yourself to our Bourbon Sling recipe! The blend of bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water offers a refreshing cocktail perfect for the fall season.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

175 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Lemon slice and cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup into the highball glass.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the highball glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Club Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon slice and cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon, but it still works well in this cocktail. You could also use brandy for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: If fresh lemons aren't available, you can use bottled lemon juice, but I always prefer fresh when possible. Lime juice can also work in a pinch, giving the drink a slightly different, but still delicious, tang.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a more natural sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Sling:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup. Top with club soda as needed.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with club soda, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

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.
  • 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, some producers may use bone char during production.
  • Garnish: Skip the cherry garnish if it's been processed with non-vegan ingredients (some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal extract derived from insects). Opt for fresh cherries instead.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
175
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Bourbon Sling Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Sling Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Treat yourself to our Bourbon Sling recipe! The blend of bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water offers a refreshing cocktail perfect for the fall season.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 175

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Club soda - to top
  • Lemon slice and cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Add Simple Syrup: Add ½ oz simple syrup into the highball glass.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lemon juice into the glass.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the highball glass.
  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Top with Club Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with club soda.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon slice and cherry into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon, but it still works well in this cocktail. You could also use brandy for a different flavor profile.
  • Lemon Juice: If fresh lemons aren't available, you can use bottled lemon juice, but I always prefer fresh when possible. Lime juice can also work in a pinch, giving the drink a slightly different, but still delicious, tang.
  • Simple Syrup: If you're out of simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used for a more natural sweetness.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Sling:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup. Top with club soda as needed.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, top with club soda, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry, and serve immediately.

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.
  • 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, some producers may use bone char during production.
  • Garnish: Skip the cherry garnish if it's been processed with non-vegan ingredients (some maraschino cherries are colored with cochineal extract derived from insects). Opt for fresh cherries instead.

What is a Bourbon Sling?

A Bourbon Sling is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. This drink is easy to make as it combines the ingredients in a shaker with ice and drains into a glass. The Bourbon Sling is an interesting variant of the traditional Sling cocktail, which can be crafted using various spirits.

A side shot of a Bourbon Sling cocktail in a highball glass on a white coaster placed on a wooden surface

What is a Bourbon Sling made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to gather for a Bourbon Sling:

  • Bourbon: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener enhances the bourbon’s natural flavors without overpowering them.
  • Club Soda: Gives the cocktail a fizzy lift, making it more refreshing.
  • Cherry and Orange Slice (for garnish): These make the drink visually appealing and add a subtle fruity undertone.

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

How do you make a Bourbon Sling?

Master the art of making a Bourbon Sling with our step-by-step instructions:

1
<p>Start by adding 1/2 ounce of simple syrup to a highball glass. This will add sweetness to your cocktail, complementing the tartness of the lemon juice.</p>

Start by adding 1/2 ounce of simple syrup to a highball glass. This will add sweetness to your cocktail, complementing the tartness of the lemon juice.

2
<p>Next, squeeze in 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The citrus will add a refreshing tang to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.</p>

Next, squeeze in 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The citrus will add a refreshing tang to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

3
<p>Finally, add 2 ounces of bourbon to your shaker. This is the show's star, providing a strong, smooth base for your cocktail.</p>

Finally, add 2 ounces of bourbon to your shaker. This is the show's star, providing a strong, smooth base for your cocktail.

4
<p>Fill your glass with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your glass with ice cubes.

5
<p>Top up with soda water and give a good stir to your mix.</p>

Top up with soda water and give a good stir to your mix.

6
<p>Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry, if desired. This makes your Bourbon Sling look more appealing, and the garnish adds a final touch of flavor.</p>

Garnish with a lemon twist and a cherry, if desired. This makes your Bourbon Sling look more appealing, and the garnish adds a final touch of flavor.

A Bourbon Sling cocktail, shot from above, in highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, simple syrup, lemon juice, soda water, lemon and sugar cubes

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bourbon Sling?
A standard Bourbon Sling contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Bourbon Sling cocktail?
The strength of a Bourbon Sling cocktail typically ranges from 10-20% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 20-40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Sling?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol used in a Bourbon Sling is bourbon. This American whiskey lends the drink its distinctive flavor profile.
In what kind of glass is a Bourbon Sling served?
Traditionally, a Bourbon Sling is served in a highball or tall, straight-sided glass.
What does a Bourbon Sling taste like?
A well-made Bourbon Sling offers a balanced blend of sweet and sour flavors with bourbon's rich, smooth undertones. Adding lemon juice and simple syrup creates a refreshing tanginess that complements the warmth of the bourbon.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Sling?
The typical ratio for a Bourbon Sling is two parts bourbon to one part lemon juice and half part simple syrup. This ratio ensures no ingredient overpowers the others, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors.
How is a Bourbon Sling served with ice?
A Bourbon Sling is usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors, making it more enjoyable to sip on.
Is a Bourbon Sling suitable for all occasions?
Absolutely! The Bourbon Sling is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed anytime.

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