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10 Buffalo Trace Cocktails You Should Try In 2023 (Updated)

Last Updated on December 28, 2022 by Lydia Martin

A good mixer with a bottle of Buffalo Trace makes “match made in heaven” cocktails. This match-up works for all occasions in summer, fall, or any season in between.

So, if you’re looking for refreshing and undoubtedly quality cocktails—we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our must-try recipe list of Buffalo Trace cocktails. Keep reading.

Top 10 Must-Try Buffalo Trace Cocktails 

1. Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned

hand holding glass of old fashion cocktail drink

Buffalo Trace is an excellent bourbon for making a classic Old-Fashioned cocktail with bitters, sugar, and an orange peel.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 1cube sugar
  • 2-3dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel

Instructions: 

Muddle the sugar cube in a rocks glass. Add the bourbon and dashes of Angostura bitters and put one large ice cube. Serve with an orange peel on top.

Serving: 1

2. Buffalo Trace/Rittenhouse Whiskey Sour

close up shot of whiskey sour cocktail drink

The classic Whiskey Sour made with Buffalo Trace bourbon plus a bit of Rittenhouse rye makes a rich and balanced sweet-tart cocktail.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 1oz Rittenhouse Rye
  • 1oz Lemon juice
  • ½oz Simple syrup 

Instructions: 

Put the Buffalo Trace, Rittenhouse, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain it into a rocks glass. Top it with an optional maraschino cherry, and enjoy.

Serving: 1

3. The Toronto

glass of the toronto cocktail drink

Any bitters with fernet plus Buffalo Trace bourbon is the perfect Buffalo Trace cocktail version of the Toronto cocktail.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • ½oz Fernet Branca
  • ¼oz Simple syrup
  • 2dashes of bitters

Instructions: 

Combine bourbon, fernet, simple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain it into a coupe glass, then serve.

Serving: 1

4. Gold Rush

Gold Rush cocktail drink with slice of orange

A classic Gold Rush cocktail is easy and simple to make. It uses quality bourbon with some lemon juice and honey syrup mixture.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • ½oz Lemon juice 
  • ½oz Honey syrup 

Instructions: 

Mix the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until it’s cold, and strain it into a rocks glass with a large ice cube. 

Serving: 1

5. Eastern Trace 

2 glasses of eastern cocktail drink

Eastern Trace is an exclusive cocktail made with Buffalo Trace with ginger’s spiciness and the lime’s tartness.

“There’s a growing appreciation for [bourbon] among millennials…A lot of it is really cocktail culture.”

– Joseph Magliocco, Chatam Imports President

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 3pcs Ginger
  • 3pcs Lime wedge
  • ½oz Simple syrup 

Instructions: 

Muddle the ginger and lime in a mixing glass. Add the bourbon and ice, then mix well. Strain it into a rocks glass and serve it with an optional mint sprig on top.

Serving: 1

6. Red Buffalo

Red Buffalo cocktail drink and Buffalo Trace bottle on top of a table

Another upscale cocktail made of Buffalo Trace bourbon, simple syrup, and aromatic green liqueur-like chartreuse [1] makes a Red Buffalo cocktail.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • ⅓oz Green Chartreuse
  • ½oz Simple syrup 

Instructions: 

Muddle the cherries in a mixing glass, then pour all the other ingredients and ice. Mix it well until it’s chilled, strain it into an Old-Fashioned glass, then serve.

Serving: 1

7. White Buffalo

White Buffalo is a strong yet surprisingly delicate cocktail made with bourbon, hazelnut liqueur, Amaretto, and half-and-half. [2]

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 2oz Half and half cream
  • ½oz Hazelnut liqueur
  • ½oz Amaretto
  • ¼oz Simple syrup 
  • Dash of cinnamon

Instructions: 

Combine the bourbon, cream, liqueur, Amaretto, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into a tall glass. Add a dash of cinnamon, and serve.

Serving: 1

8. Buffalo in Manhattan

classic Manhattan cocktail glass drink

Buffalo Manhattan is an elevated Buffalo Trace cocktail version of the classic Manhattan cocktail.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • ½oz Sweet vermouth
  • Dash of Angostura bitters

Instructions: 

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Mix it well until chilled, strain it into a cocktail glass, and top it with an optional maraschino cherry.

Serving: 1

9. Buffalo Symphony

This symphonious cocktail is a mixture of Buffalo Trace bourbon with different mixers, from tart to spicy and sweet, making a Buffalo Symphony cocktail.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 2oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • ½oz Lemon juice 
  • ½oz Port wine
  • 2pcs Pineapple wedges
  • 1pc Ginger slice
  • 1tsp Honey liqueur

Instructions: 

Muddle pineapple and ginger in a mixing glass, then add all the remaining ingredients. Add ice, mix it well, then strain it into a martini glass and enjoy.

Serving: 1

10. Buffalo Brew

cold brew cocktail glass drink on a countertop

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1½oz Buffalo Trace bourbon
  • 2oz Cold brew coffee
  • ½oz Amaro Meletti
  • ¼oz Demarara simple syrup
  • Dash of chocolate bitters 

Instructions: 

Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain it into a highball glass and top it with an optional whipped cream or homemade bourbon cream.

Serving: 1

FAQs

Is Buffalo Trace good for mixing?

Yes. Buffalo Trace bourbon’s versatility is good for mixing in cocktails, especially Old-Fashioned ones, and other rich and tasty cocktails.

What is the best way to drink Buffalo Trace?

Buffalo Trace’s smooth and rich-tasting profile is best enjoyed neat or over ice. But it can also be served as a mixer in cocktails.

What soda goes with Buffalo Trace?

As simple as soda water or club soda can goes well with Buffalo trace. You can also pair it with flavored sodas such as lemon-lime soda and coke to make a fizzy and flavorful cocktail.

In Conclusion

Making cocktails with Buffalo Trace is pretty simple, yet it will guarantee you satisfaction. 

Buffalo Trace bourbon is best neat or over ice, but you can also use it as a great liquor base and make delicious cocktails.

The rich tasting notes of Buffalo Trace will not just elevate the classic cocktails but also create a different level of enjoyment when paired with other mixers.

References:

  1. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/chartreuse 
  2. https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFR

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