My definition of the ideal summer cocktail? Easy to make, refreshing to drink. Come the winter holidays, I make only one change: Easy to make, comforting to drink.

At Thanksgiving and the onslaught of holiday gatherings, I want whatever is in my cup to put me at ease, leave me feeling warm and play nicely with whatever food is on the table.

For cold weather holidays, I gravitate to bourbon. It has all the qualities I’m looking for: warming, festive, affordable and compatible.

So here’s a trio of holiday-friendly bourbon cocktails to get you started.

Bourbon Orchard

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounces bourbon

4 ounces apple cider

1 teaspoon agave nectar

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients. Shake well for 30 seconds, then strain into a tumbler.

Rooted And Brewed

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce coffee liqueur

Root beer

Fill an 8-ounce drinking glass with ice. Add the bourbon and coffee liqueur. Stir, then slowly pour in enough root beer to top off the glass. Gently stir again.

Juicy Dreams

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Ice

2 ounce bourbon

1 ounce Lillet (aperitif wine)

1/2 ounce lemon juice

2 ounces pomegranate juice

In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, Lillet, lemon juice and pomegranate juice. Shake, then strain into an ice-filled tumbler.