To get some tips on the best ways to use bourbon this holiday, we paid a visit to Flavien Desoblin, proprietor of New York City's Brandy Library. Desoblin likes bourbon for entertaining because of its ability to easily satisfy a diverse room, whether through punches, in cold weather staples like eggnog, or in classics like the Manhattan and Old-Fashioned. While there are more bourbons than ever to choose from right now, including some fantastic small-batch labels, whichever you go with, Desoblin recommends something in an age range of six to twelve years (all straight bourbons are aged for a minimum of two). If you already have a favorite, feel free to stick with it, just remember that any substitutions will change the cocktail's profile. "Don't think that just any other bourbon will do the trick," Desoblin warns. "If you cannot find the bourbons here, do your own tasting before."