People always ask how locals make it through the long Seattle winters, when the city's shrouded in dark skies and grey clouds. The answer emits a lovely golden shine, brightening the lives of all who seek it. No, not the sun: it's the bourbon.
With its brooding Southern heritage, its smooth barrel-aged texture, and sweet caramel aromas, it's easy to understand the universal penchant for bourbon. Bourbon cheers up even the most solemn of drinkers, which could be why a recent study showed bourbon drinkers to be the best tippers—as if bartenders didn't already love it enough.
Classic bourbon beverages litter every list of traditional cocktails: Old-Fashioneds, Mint Juleps, Manhattans, and more. Seattle bartenders pour their own spin on the standards, and offer up an impressive collection of creative concoctions of their own. Flip through the slideshow for 5 of our favorites—the best bourbon-based beverages we've tried recently in Seattle.