Bourbon Brownie Milkshake

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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

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

Instructions
  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.

Blueberry Old Fashioned

I have told you about my in-laws vacation cocktail, the Old Fashioned, made with sugar-free Squirt. I have known of this cocktail for some time. We actually have a history, you rascal of a bourbon cocktail!
Before I knew this as my in-laws summer drink of choice, this sweet cocktail used to be my husband and my wedding drink of choice. Most people go to a glass of white wine, a spritzer of some sort, or a seven and seven.
Not us. We went for the hard stuff. Maybe it is because we were young, reckless, and in our early twenties.
At one particular wedding in which I was the maid of honor, my husband, I, and all my friends were having such a great time dancing the night away. Mike and I were sipping (I use that term loosely) our Old Fashioned’s throughout most of the reception.
We were having so much fun we failed to notice, until much later in the night, that the DJ had in fact played the Cupid Shuffle at least ten times. But, as the drinks kept flowing and the shuffles kept pumping, we just kind of went with it.
Towards the end of the reception I looked over to see my husband and one of our friends go to the bar and order an old fashioned together. They looked deep into planning something devious. I could tell from all their giggling.
Since I was the MOH, I had more important duties to attend to than babysitting my husband and our friend, so I moved on.
A few minutes later, a small circle has gathered on the dance floor. From the outer edges of the circle I can see the heads of my husband and our taller more muscular friend, aka his bar talk coconspirator.
The next thing I saw is still amazes me to this day. I saw our taller muscular friend grab Mike by his waist and toss him into the air as if he is a rag doll. Mike shot up over the circle and in fact touched the chandelier hanging from the reception hall ceiling!!
I made my way to the middle of the circle to see if I really just saw what I thought I saw. Yep. True story. The small circle was applauding and wanting more. Luckily, the guys had enough sense to stop while they were ahead, meaning no cracked skulls or broken chandeliers.
They next day, we woke up in our hotel room surrounded by ten of our closest friends (don’t act like you never packed that many people into a hotel room for a wedding). Mike and I decided from hence forward, no more Old Fashioned’s at weddings.
We still do enjoy the cocktail in moderation or as an after dinner drink. We even dabble in coming up with new fresh takes on this classic.
When the great people at Sazerac sent me some of their classic bourbons to test out, I knew I had to use the W.L. Weller for an old fashioned!
I was told that this bourbon would be similar to Maker’s Mark. It totally was!!! I happen to think it is a lot smoother tasting and a little less harsh that Maker’s. In fact, I have since gone to our local Binny’s liquor store and purchased this bourbon for our household.
The subtle sweet notes go really well with the summery blueberry taste in this cocktail. I highly recommend you head to your store and sample some for yourselves. But beware; you may end up being tossed into the air by a pal later in the night after drinking a few of these!
Ingredients (Makes 2 Cocktails)
1 Cup Fresh Blueberries
4 Ounces W.L. Weller Bourbon (you can also use Maker’s Mark or any bourbon you prefer)
1 Cup Seltzer Water/Soda Water
1 Teaspoon Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
1 Teaspoon Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
Add the bourbon and blueberries to a blender. Puree for a minute. Pour the bourbon and blueberry puree through a strainer or cheesecloth into a measuring cup or some other cup with a spout.
Pour half of the bourbon/blueberry liquid into the bottom of two glasses. Add a few cubes of ice to each glass along with a ½ cup of soda water/seltzer water, ½ a teaspoon orange juice, ½ teaspoon lime juice, and ½ a teaspoon lemon juice.
Garnish with a few slices of citrus. Give each cocktail a little stir and then enjoy!
P.S. If you make a big batch and put it in a mason jar, it makes a great housewarming or hostess gift!
All of the opinions in this post are solely my own. I was not paid by Sazerac. I was generously given some of their products to taste test.
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