Sounds like an interesting idea! But is it worth it? Will it taste as good as Bourbon itself?
First, we need to understand why there is a question of whether to go with this combination.
Bourbon usually tastes a little sweet and caramel like and is generally sipped neat. I am not sure if caramel/vanilla flavors go well with Lemon.
On the other hand, lemon is a sour tasting fruit that mixes very well with neutral spirits like Vodka, Rum and others and is also versatile by going well with so many other flavors.
For example, in the Lemon Drop shots, the combination is super good.
So, when we want to try Bourbon with Lemon, we need to do it carefully. Fortunately, there are several cocktails already established that are very good in this combination.
A crazy name to this cocktail, Full Harvest actually uses many ingredients at its fullest to give a great tasting drink. Alongside bourbon, you have Orange Juice, Lemon Juice and other bitters.
You also add egg white and stir up.
Ingredients: Bourbon, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Limoncello, Cranberry Bitters, Egg White, Simple Syrup.
New York Sour:
As with the regular Whiskey sour, you add Bourbon, Lemon Juice and Simple syrup. Add egg white and stir up the combination before adding a dash of Red wine on top of the layer.
Ingredients: Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White, Red Wine
Bringing back our childhood memories, eh? The drink is super cool looking and great to taste as well. It involves some tough drinks in it but if you manage to find them and make this one, you will be rewarded.
Ingredients: Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, Lemon Juice
This cocktail cannot be found everywhere, but if you manage to do one, please take a snap and share it with your friends. The drink uses Strawberry Puree and Honey, along with lavender flowers for garnish. What a lovely sight?
Ingredients: Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Strawberry Puree, Honey, Lavender flowers
Or you can call this a Bourbon Smash if you use Bourbon. The drink is simple to make and easy on your throat.
Ingredients: Bourbon, Lemon pieces to muddle with simple syrup, Spearmint to garnish
Can you make a Sidecar with Bourbon? Of course not. But you can make a Bourbon Sidecar with it. All you need to do is replace Cognac with Bourbon and you are good to go!
Ingredients: Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Cointreau