09/11/2013 07:31 pm ET Updated Nov 11, 2013

5 Cocktails to Toast Bourbon Heritage Month

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month! Unanimously declared such by the Senate in 2007, this month we're toasting our country's native spirit. What makes bourbon different from other whiskeys? By law, its mash must be made of at least 51% corn and aged in charred new oak barrels, lending its trademark sweet-smoky profile that makes it an ideal base from which to build a cocktail. So how are we celebrating the spirited holiday? With bourbon-spiked cocktails, of course! Here are five bourbon-forward sippers we'll be mixing all month through.

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5 Cocktails to Toast Bourbon Heritage Month