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Bourbon cocktails to try — or mix yourself

Finding a seat at one of Buffalo’s finest cocktail bars can summon the opportunity to sip on some seriously delicious bourbon concoctions.

But sometimes, things get in the way. Work. Kids. Actual responsibilities that don’t pair well with a few belts. Or any plans that prevent you, your friends and a significant other from trading rounds amid the rustic or ribald scenes available across the city.

Should these things keep you from ever tasting what’s available on the scene? No. A trio of Queen City cocktail haunts have recipes to share. So carve out some “me” time and mix up some drinks for you and yours.

And when you do find some time to get out? The drinks will be waiting at the noted locales.

Avenue A

Accessible amalgamation of flavors for the thirsty cocktail connoisseur.

2 oz. bourbon (Old Forester, Jim Beam Gold Label or Old Grand-Dad Bonded recommended)
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Amaro Averna
½ oz. honey water (50/50 ratio)
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake hard, then strain finely over rocks. Garnish with a slice of fresh-cut red bell pepper and serve.

Buffalo Proper
333 Franklin St., Buffalo

High Roller

Light, licorice-accented taste — and rich in character.

1 oz. Rye
1 oz. Fino Sherry
1 oz. l’Amaro Nardini liqueur
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters

Stir and strain over ice. Express liqueur over cocktail and serve.

Billy Club
228 Allen St., Buffalo

Always Dreaming

Tart notes and smooth finish for moments of weekend wanderlust.

1 ½ oz. bourbon
½ oz. grapefruit juice
½ oz. Quinquina
¼ oz. fennel syrup
¼ oz. Amaro

Stir and pour in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grapefruit zest and serve.

Toutant
437 Ellicott St., Buffalo

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