These days, it can feel a little bit like there’s a holiday for everything. On the date this article is being written, a quick Google search reveals that it is “National Brush Day,” “National Calzone Day,” and “National Cook For Your Pet Day,” among others. However, amidst all of the silly celebrations, there are a few things truly worthy of a day’s appreciation; the kind folks who pour your drinks, keep you company, and listen to your woes for a fraction of the cost of therapy certainly fit the bill. 

In honor of National Bartender Day, we’ve compiled five of our all-time favorite bourbon cocktail recipes from five of the best bartenders in the state from Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl 2019. Any one of these drinks is worth recreating at home, or better yet, pay a visit to their bars of origin and have the creators themselves whip one up for you. Just remember to tip—it is their day, after all.

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The Relentless by Cody Northcutt- Houston, TX 

Bittersweet and complex without being overly complicated. 
  • 50 ml Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon 
  • 30 ml Punt – e – Mes
  • 15 ml Kronan Swedish Punsch
  • 7 ml  Braulio Amaro

Combine all ingredients in a shaking tin and mix using the “throw” method. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a lemon spiral and mint.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hye by Jacob Peters- Ft. Worth, TX 

Like a root beer float, but make it Texas, and make it boozy.
  • 1.5 oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon
  • .5 oz Vanilla Extract
  • .5 oz Monin Pure Cane Syrup 
  • 1 oz Half & Half
  • Dr. Pepper 

Combine ingredients in a shaking tin and mix using the “throw” method. Pour into an old fashioned soda glass and top with Dr. Pepper. Garnish with whipped cream, cherry and vanilla bean. 

The San Antonio Samurai by Riamond Lomeli- San Antonio, TX 

Earthy matcha highlights the vegetal and floral notes of Garrison Brothers and Italicus, while a bit of cream and honey keeps it all balanced.
  • 1.75 oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon 
  • 1 oz Heavy Cream 
  • .5 oz Honey 
  • .5 oz Water 
  • .75 oz Italicus 
  • Egg Whites
  • 1 Healthy Bar Spoon of Matcha Green Tea

Stir water and honey together before adding all remaining ingredients in a shaking tin. Give it a wet and dry shake. Dress a coupe glass with matcha and powdered sugar. Double strain ingredients into coupe glass. Garnish with fresh strawberries and an origami Samurai hat. 

D’ Cliff by Hugo Osorio- Dallas, TX 

Think: rum punch, without the excessive sweetness and subsequent hangover.
  • 1.5 oz Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon 
  • .5 oz Batavia- Arrack
  • .5 oz Amaro Nonino 
  • .5 oz Amaro Lucano 
  • 3 Dashes Tiki Bittermens  
  • 3 Dashes Hopped Grapefruit Bittermens 
  • Coffee Whipped Cream (Made from Kahlua, Star Anise, Heavy Whipping Cream and Espresso) 

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir. Strain into a coupe glass and top with the coffee whipped cream. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Dublin by Terance Robson- Austin, TX 

Banana liqueur is a delightfully surprising addition in this spin of the classic Irish coffee. 
  • 30 ml Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon 
  • 15 ml Demerara Syrup
  • 75 ml Filtered Coffee 
  • 15 ml Banana Liqueur 
  • 50 ml Heavy Whipping Cream 
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract

In a mug of choice, combine vanilla extract, banana liqueur, demerara syrup and Garrison Brothers Small Batch before topping with filtered coffee. Garnish with heavy whipping cream and a shamrock.