Bourbon Whiskey Substitutes

Bourbon Whiskey Substitutes

This article provides an overview of bourbon whiskey, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make bourbon whiskey substitutes.

What is Bourbon Whiskey?

Bourbon whiskey was created in the USA in the 18th century, the exact location is argued between Kentucky and New Orleans. It is a barrel-aged distilled liquor made from around 51% corn. Bourbon whiskey has a percentage of alcohol of at least 40%.

What does Bourbon Whiskey taste like?

Bourbon has a sweeter flavor than other whiskeys, with hints of vanilla, caramel, and oak. Bourbon is split into 4 main categories, each with a slightly different front: grain, nutmeg, caramel and cinnamon. Bourbon is an acquired taste, it is usually drunk alone (on the rocks) with a mixer such as cola or in a cocktail such as an Old Fashioned.

Is Bourbon Whiskey readily available in Supermarkets?

Bourbon is a very common alcohol that is readily available worldwide and in supermarkets, convenience stores, and local liquor stores. The most well-known brand is Jack Daniels.

What are some alternative names for Bourbon Whiskey?

Bourbon whiskey may be referred to as just whiskey (in North America) and moonshine, Kentucky Whiskey, and Tennessee whiskey. Note that Scotch Whisky and Irish Whisky are different from Bourbon Whiskey. Sometimes it’s referred to by the brand, e.g. Jim Beam.

What is a good substitute for Bourbon Whiskey in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for bourbon whiskey. These include:

  • Cognac, a type of brandy made from a blend of grapes
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Southern Comfort
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Irish Whiskey