Five ways to celebrate National Bourbon Day in the Twin Cities

Five ways to celebrate National Bourbon Day in the Twin Cities
Kelly Moritz

Sure, just about every day of the year is National [Insert Random Food] Day, but today's a special one. It's National Bourbon Day, and we're inclined to celebrate our return to summer weather with a bourbon-filled concoction.

Here are a few drinks around the Twin Cities with which you can toast this boozy holiday.

Brainstorm at Butcher & the Boar This hefty drink served in a super-wide glass is best sipped on the Butcher & the Boar's outdoor patio under the stars.

Urban Eatery's Basil Smash A lovely alternative to the mint julep, this simple, savory drink is the refreshing remedy for any muggy summer day.

Bourbon Oyster Shooter at Smack Shack This protein-heavy drink'll only cost you $5... and you get a smokey, little oyster in it, too.

Bradstreet Craftshouse's Black Walnut Old-Fashioned One of our 100 Favorite Dishes of 2011, this divine drink combines Bulleit, demerara syrup, and black walnut liqueur (yes, that exists) for a heavenly twist on an old favorite.

Make your own! Here are five bourbon cocktail recipes that make celebrating at home a cinch.

And if you're feeling up to booze of a different ilk, we've got the lowdown on the best Twin Cities Bars for all types of spirits.

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