Celebrate National Bourbon Day in style with this classic cocktail

This June, raise a glass to local bars and restaurants with an iconic Old Fashioned cocktail that's sure to impress. 

Serves 1

Preparation time 10 minutes

Bourbon is the type of spirit that garners respect. There's a reason why this iconic, barrel-aged American whiskey has many famous past and present drinkers: Matthew McConaughey, Ava Gardner, Mark Twain, Mila Kunis... You get it.

Thankfully, you don’t have to live south of the border, in the Hollywood Hills, or the Blue Grass State of Kentucky to enjoy a glass of Bourbon on the rocks, or a cheeky, after-work Bourbon cocktail. Bourbon is for any adult consumer, and for any occasion — heck, there’s even a National Bourbon Day on June 14.

Cheers! Spirits from the USA has launched a campaign that’s partnering with local Canadian bars and restaurants to celebrate this day and this classic liquor.

And while we can’t toast to Bourbon inside our favourite drinking den or local pub right now, we can still celebrate virtually or support bars and restaurants by ordering a Bourbon cocktail on their patios. 

Just check out this interactive map of participating establishments across Canada who are gearing up for the big day by mixing drinks, hosting special events and firing up the BBQ all in the name of Bourbon.

Don't see a place near you? Stop by your favourite watering hole for a cocktail made with any of the vast Bourbon expressions. 

Oh, and if you don’t know a lot about Bourbon, don’t worry, there’s lots of fun Bourbon facts to impress your co-workers with. Basically, all you need to know is that all Bourbons are American whiskey, but not all American whiskeys are Bourbon — capiche?

Bourbon (under federal law) must be made in the United States (in any state, not just Kentucky), consist of at least 51 per cent corn (which gives it that distinct sweet flavour); and be aged in new, charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years. See, that wasn’t so hard.

Now that you’ve brushed up on your Bourbon knowledge, we think that some celebrations are in order, whether you're a Bourbon connoisseur or spirits enthusiast, we've got an easy Old Fashioned cocktail recipe (below) that's sure to please any palette and make any home bar feel like a summertime soirée.  

Give it a go, share your Bourbon Day stories using the hashtag #NationalBourbonDay and always enjoy responsibly.

For more information on how to celebrate National Bourbon Day, head to cheersbourbon.com


  • 2 parts Bourbon
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp water
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Garnish with an orange peel


  1. Add sugar and bitters to a rocks glass.
  2. Add water and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  3. Fill glass with large ice cubes.
  4. Add Bourbon and gently stir.
  5. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.