Celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month with these great cocktail recipes


Have you ever noticed that everything has a day, week or month dedicated to it? I don’t remember any of these unique “holidays when I was growing up. It seems like they were created just over the past few years. You have National Blueberry Popsicle Day (Sept. 2nd), National Homemade Cookies Day (Oct. 1st), National Deaf Dog Week (Sept. 18th – 24th), and National Chicken Month (Sept), just to name a few.

September is also Bourbon Heritage Month. To celebrate this “holiday,” Trail’s End wanted to share these interesting sounding cocktails. They would go great at your upcoming holiday parties and family get togethers. Or maybe now to celebrate the kids going back to school. Ha Ha.

Here is some information about Trail’s End.

When they left Missouri in 1804, Lewis and Clark didn’t pack light. In addition to food to sustain and items to trade, they also packed nearly 100 gallons of whiskey, rumored to have cost about $1.25 each. While the price of whiskey may have changed, its ties to the heritage of the Old West hasn’t. Trail’s End, a bourbon from Oregon-based Hood River Distillers pays homage to the early days of the Oregon Trail with a spirit that follows the steps of Lewis and Clark and in honor of Bourbon Heritage Month, we invite you to share some of our favorite Trail’s End Cocktails.

Two-time Double Gold Medal winner Trails End is crafted using 8-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished with Oregon Oak and perfected with glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood Oregon.

Tail’s End provided these recipes for your enjoyment.

Maple Bourbon Smash

  • ½ oz. pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber
  • ½ oz. fresh orange juice
  • ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • ½ orange wheel
  • 2 oz. Trail’s End Bourbon Whiskey
  • Ice
  • 1 ½ oz chilled seltzer 

Directions: In a rocks glass, combine the maple syrup with the orange juice, lemon juice and bitters. Add the orange wheel and lightly muddle. Add the Trail’s End and stir well. Fill the glass with ice and top with the chilled seltzer.

New Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Trail’s End Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 brown sugar cube
  • 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
  • 2 blackberries
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • Splash of club soda 

Directions: Place the sugar cube in a rocks glass, add bitters and muddle. Rotate the glass so the sugar/bitters mixture coats the glass. Add ice, Trail’s End and stir until blended. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with orange wedge, fresh blackberries and thyme sprig.

Trail Dusted 

  • 1 oz. fresh white grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 slices of English cucumber, plus 3 or 4 thin slices for garnish
  • dash of celery bitters (optional)
  • Ice
  • 2 oz. Trail’s End Bourbon Whiskey 

Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 cucumber slices. Add ice and all of the remaining ingredients except the garnish and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the thin cucumber slices.

Alpine Manhattan 

  • Ice
  • 1 ½ oz. Trail’s End Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Pine Syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • orange twist, for garnish 

Directions: Fill a pint glass with ice. Add Trail’s End, pine syrup and bitters and stir well. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with the orange twist.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of site readers. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Kathy Pease says

    I don’t think I have ever tried bourbon..I am more of a beer person but these look good and I do like an occasional mixed drink. I will have to try a few of these especially the Maple Bourbon Smash