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Best Bourbon Cocktails In New York City

WARD III cocktails
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Bourbon whiskey is a distinctly American drink. It's disputed as to whether the drink came from Bourbon County Kentucky or Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but regardless of its exact origins, it's from the U.S. It's especially associated with the American South and has been distilled since the 1820s. Below you'll find some wonderful places in New York City to celebrate "National Bourbon Heritage Month" throughout September.

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Lazy Point
310 Sprint St.
New York, NY 10013

Lazy Point is a brand new bar in the South Village. The head mixologist, Jeremy Strawn, has created a fantastic Bourbon-based drink, which those at Lazy Point have dubbed "The Rusty Cage." The Rusty Cage is a new spin on an Old Fashioned. It's made with Bulliet Bourbon, Luxardo Marashcino, Amaro and orange. The Rusty Cage paired with Lazy Point's cool, laid back beach vibe and delicious snacks such as their smoked salmon grilled cheese promises to be one satisfying night out on the town.

Bounce Sporting Club
55 W 21st St.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-8007

Bounce Sporting Club has a great bourbon based drink called the "Shaun White." Created by head bartender Spencer Elliott, the Shaun White is made with Old Foster Bourbon, fresh lime and ginger beer -- a winning combination. Plus, Bounce is a fun sports bar with great bites like Pigs in a Pretzel.

17 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
(646) 490-8240

Maysville is named after the town in Kentucky in which Bourbon was born, so you know it means business when it comes to its bourbon. Masville's drink menu is extensive, making it hard to pick just one. However, the Bourbon Ting is a safe bet, with a mix of Caribbean flare with Jamaican Ting (grapefruit soda).  Maysville also offers whiskey classes for those looking to expand their whiskey palate.

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Ward III
111 Reade St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 240-9194

Sometimes it's best to stick with the basics. Open late (until 4 a.m.), Ward III offers an amazing Old Fashioned in a cool speakeasy-type of vibe. And if you'd like your own Bourbon concoction, the bartenders will make a custom drink specifically for your tastes. While the bar environment is great, the drinks are what keep people coming back. Do note that the drinks at Ward III are a bit on the pricey side, but are well worth it.

303 E 85th St.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 249-1509

Bondurants is the perfect go-to spot for a date night. Bourbon is one of its specialties, especially the "Sweet Georgia Peach" cocktail. The Sweet Georgia Peach has Bourbon, lemon, tea liqueur and other tasty delights. What's nice about Bondurants, beside the Sweet Georgia Peach, is that it is low-key with a friendly atmosphere. The drink prices are reasonable as well, and the bartenders are always willing to help. Plus, the food — especially their IPA fries — is delicious.

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