3 Bourbon Cocktails You Need to Serve at Your Next Party

Bourbon cocktails are no stranger to Nashville, and we have to admit this beautiful dark liquor is a favorite of ours. We have three easy-to-make, crowd pleasing recipes that are sure to be the center of attention at your next party. Or let’s be real…great for a relaxing evening alone too!


Rose Hip Bourbon Sour

1.5 oz Rose Hip Infused Bourbon

.75 oz Solerno

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Simple Syrup

Top with Club Soda

Garnish with Edible Flower or Rose hip

In a shaker add ice and all of the ingredients, give it a good shake and pour over ice. Add a garnish that matches your color scheme for a little pop. We kept it simple and elegant by adding a little bit of Mountain Rose Herbs, which we also used to infuse the Bourbon.

Appley Ever After Bourbon Cocktail copy.png

Apply Ever After

2 oz Bourbon

.5 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup

.5 oz Lime Juice

3 oz Apple Juice

Garnish with a Fresh Sprig of Rosemary

This cocktail is just such a perfect fall treat. Just shake all the ingredients and pour over ice. To garnish add a little rosemary sprig.

To create our ‘rosemary simple syrup’ boil equal parts water and sugar over medium-high heat. Make sure to keep watch as to not burn the sugar. After the sugar is fully dissolved, add a few sprigs of rosemary and let steep for about 15 minutes. Let cool, and enjoy!

Cinnamon Bourbon Cocktail copy.png

Maple Bourbon Fizz

1.5 oz Bourbon

.75 oz Lemon Juice

.75 oz Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Top with Soda Water

Garnish with Cinnamon Stick

If we thought about what fall would taste like in drink form, this would be it!

To create our ‘maple cinnamon simple syrup’ boil water, cinnamon and clove for about 15 minutes. Let the ingredients steep as it cools for an additional 15 minutes. Strain out the cinnamon and clove, then add an equal amount of maple syrup to the water that’s left. Greatest part about this, it’ll make your house smell just as amazing as the Maple Bourbon Fizz tastes.


What's Better Than a Full Bar?

What's Better Than a Full Bar?.png

It seems the perception in the event bar industry is that every well-funded event seeking to serve alcoholic beverages should aim to be an "Open Bar" event. On the one hand I can see why this is the case, being that an open bar is more likely to have something each guest would like to enjoy, but on the other hand I rarely, if ever, see an open bar done well and in a way that people walk away saying "Wow, that bar was great!" After over a decade in the service industry, I have a solid theory as to why.

Open bars provide guests with too many choices. 

Many studies have been done on humans and our "happy place" when it comes to choices. What we know is that too many options overwhelm people and lead to lower satisfaction once they do make a choice. People are most comfortable and satisfied when they can start with a fairly limited number of high-quality options, and go from there.

The other reason open bars tend to be a party fail is that because there are so many options, the bar can't properly prep or anticipate all the infinite beverage options, so it tends to do none of them well.

Inherently we, as full bar consumers, have come to understand the limitations of open bars and most of us have identified that one thing you know they'll have the ingredients for and that you'll like. Mine, for example, is a G&T (gin and tonic).

Full bars generally won't have a blender or make muddled drinks. They usually won't have more than basic mixers (of which everything will be store bought and low in quality) and the beverages that they are best suited to make are going to be anything served straight (martini) or served with a soda (rum & coke, vodka soda, etc). 


My suggestion? Provide people with variety, limit people's options, and focus on high quality and excellent execution. Here are a few ways this would be executed:

Bubbly Bar

Bubbly Bar Bar Magnolia

We put this bubbly bar together for a calligraphy workshop by White Ink Calligraphy and The Nashville Bride Guide. We paired sparkling wine with options like rose-infused vodka and elderflower liqueur, rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice, and raspberry lemon verbena simple syrup. (photo by Hanna Helaine Photography)

Worried a bubbly bar won't provide enough options for your guests? Pair it with a...

Whiskey Bar

Whiskey Bar Bar Magnolia

Not just for men, a whiskey bar is a sophisticated and fun way to introduce your guests to whiskeys and bourbons they may have never tried before! Japanese whiskey, a good southern bourbon, Scotch with a splash of water. Bar Magnolia can help make a few well-selected bottles become a bar they'll remember. (photo from pinterest.com)

Mojito Bar

Mojito Bar Bar Magnolia

There is no limit to the options that one can make muddling mint with fruit. Let us build you a menu exploring the refreshing and variety of the mojito, or let us go Mexican and do a Paloma bar!  (photo from spiritcompany.com)

Tiki Bar 

Tiki Bar Bar Magnolia

Don't underestimate the amazingness of the Tiki cocktail. They are SO much more than the overly sweet and coconutty concoction you may be thinking of! There is an entire tiki movement out filled with the best mixologists in the world that are dedicated to creating world-class tiki cocktail recipes and we'd love to grace your guests with them! (photo from liquor.com)

Ready to book a beverage experience for your next event? Contact Us!

Recipe: The Magnolia

The Magnolia by Bar Magnolia

The Magnolia

Your new favorite cocktail.

There are some things in the world that should absolutely be kept a secret. Nuclear codes, email passwords (I'm looking at you Spicer ;), and everyone's personal nudy pics are all among those "things."

Not among those things? Recipes to really freaking good cocktails. That, my friends, is why I'm sharing The Magnolia recipe with y'all.

This gin cocktail is a perfect balance of flavors and goes down too easy. The lemon tartness makes it a great summer cocktail, the earl grey tea invokes visions of hot tea and a popping fire, making it a great winter cocktail. Basically, there's never a bad time for this cocktail.


The Magnolia

Serves 1

Pour all ingredients over ice in shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass over ice.

Top 5 Tips for Throwing an Unforgettable Party-3.jpg