Easy Guide on How to Make Bourbon – Simple Steps for Beginners


Have you ever wondered how to make bourbon, especially if you’re young or new to cooking and brewing? Bourbon, a type of whiskey that’s super popular in the United States, has a rich flavor and history. This guide is designed to be super simple, so even if you’re around 15 years old, you’ll find it easy and interesting. Let’s dive into how you can make your own bourbon at home, step by step.

Recipe Details

Making bourbon is an adventure, and while it might sound complex, it’s actually quite straightforward when you break it down. Remember, making real bourbon involves distilling, which can be complex and requires specific licenses in many places. So, we’ll focus on a simplified version to understand the process.


To start, you’ll need:

  • Corn (at least 51% of your grain mix because that’s what makes it bourbon!)
  • A mix of grains like rye or wheat (for the rest of the grain bill)
  • Yeast (for fermentation)
  • Clean, fresh water

Preparation Steps

  1. Mashing: First, mix your grains. You’ll need to grind them up and mix them with hot water. This process is called mashing. It turns the starches in the grains into sugars, which is what the yeast needs to make alcohol.
  2. Fermenting: Add yeast to your mashed grains and water. The yeast eats up the sugars and produces alcohol. This step can take about a week. Keep it in a warm place for the best results.
  3. Distilling: This is where things get tricky for beginners. Distilling requires special equipment and permissions. The goal is to heat your fermented mix to collect and condense the alcohol into a stronger form. If you’re really interested, learning more about this can be a fun project!
  4. Aging: Bourbon gets its flavor from aging in new, charred oak barrels. While you might not be able to do this at home, knowing that this step adds all the rich flavors can be fascinating.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Patience is Key: The aging process is what makes bourbon, well, bourbon. If you ever get to try this for real, remember, the longer it ages, the deeper the flavor.
  • Experiment with Grains: The type of grains you use can change the flavor. More corn will make it sweeter, while rye adds spice.
  • Safety First: Remember, distilling at home can be dangerous and is illegal without the proper licenses. Always keep safety and legality in mind.

Serving Suggestions

Bourbon is versatile! Drink it neat, with a splash of water, or in a cocktail. If you were making a non-alcoholic version of bourbon-flavored syrup, it would be great on ice cream or in a mocktail.

Nutritional Information

Actual bourbon doesn’t have carbs or sugar since the distillation process removes them. However, alcohol does have calories, so drink responsibly. For our non-alcoholic, bourbon-flavored experiment, ingredients like corn would add minimal nutritional value.