Bourbon Cherry Vanilla Sangria

Bourbon Cherry Vanilla Sangria | Sarcastic Cooking

I hope everybody, whether you be a dad, uncle, or even the father/owner of a little furbaby, had a fantastic Father’s Day. Did you do the typical dad-tivity and grill? We did. Mike rarely, cough cough never, cooks. If you are an avid reader of the blog you know he is not so savvy in the kitchen. So, when he says that he wants this summer to be the summer of steaks and become a grill master, I say go for it! [Read more…]

Bourbon Brownie Milkshake

Bourbon Brownie Milkshake | Sarcastic Cooking

Woo hoo! It’s Friday! That is a great excuse for a little bourbon in your diet, eh? Another little cause of celebration is my little brother’s birthday this weekend. Sigh, one year closer to thirty, young one. Enjoy it.

(PS: Don’t worry, Nick. When it is your birthday I will do a special recipe post just for you too! I’m thinking something wing related.) [Read more…]

Caramelized Bourbon and Brown Sugar Onion Jam Panini

Phew! That recipe title is a mouthful. A mouthful of awesomeness! Yes, I just did that.

I have never been an onion lover. Well, let me clarify. I have never been a raw onion lover. There is something about that harsh flavor and how it lingers that I have never been a fan of. I know I am not alone on this. I used to always order sandwiches with everything except onions. But I felt, more often than not, the person making the sandwich heard everything and just focused on that. [Read more…]

Bourbon and Pecan Crusted Salmon

I have had this vision of bourbon candied pecans for quite some time. I don’t know how it came to me. Maybe after a night of drinking bourbon? Who knows. Anyway, I really intended on posting this recipe way earlier in the Lenten season so those that follow the rule of “no meat of Friday” would have another new option to add to the fish rotation. [Read more…]

Cranberry Green Tea Hot Toddy

It has been quite the eventful week for my family.

I now have a total of six, yes six, nieces and nephews. I love all of them sincerely and equally. However, my newest nephew is my younger brother’s son. This is my first niece or nephew on my side of the family. The experience of seeing your brother, who you may or may not have tried to pelt in the face with a crab apple when you were little, burst through the doors of a hospital waiting room and tell you with tears in his eyes, “It’s a boy!” is by far one of the most amazing things I have ever been witness to.

As my other brother, Zack, and I waited in the hospital waiting room for little baby Owen to be born, we were recounting childhood tales. Then, it just hit me. When did we all get so old? When did being parents become a thing that was right around the corner? I feel like it was just yesterday that Nick and Bridget met. It is a strange realization that the guy that chipped my front tooth with a pitcher of beer during a game of beer pong at college and the girl who ate a spoonful of mustard on a dare are now parents!

But, once that little boy was born, you could feel what was there all along. Nick and Bridget were made for this job. They already are mad about this little boy and so ready for all the wild ride of parenting holds for them. I have never seen something so magical.

So while I curl up with one of these hot toddies, I am picturing Nick with his arm around Bridget as they stand over a peacefully sleeping Owen and I can’t help but feel that all is right in the world.

Cranberry Green Tea Hot Toddy
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Serves: Makes 1 Drink

  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 1 Green Tea Teabag
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 1 ½ Ounce Bourbon
  • 5 Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 Slice of Lemon

  1. Pour a cup of water in a mug and microwave for a minute. Add teabag and let it steep for a minute or two. Stir in preferred amount of honey.
  2. Slightly muddle a few cranberries with a mortar and pestle. Add the muddled cranberries along with the remaining whole ones and the slice of lemon to the tea. Stir to combine. Remove teabag before serving.

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