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The Well-Stocked Bar for Summer

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The Washington Post laid out this simple and affordable collection of spirits that will have you making Martinis, Mojitos and Manhattans in no time. These dozen well picked bottles can be had for a mere $187. Not a bad investment for the summer. Spend another $80 bucks on on 5 specialty bottles like Pernod and Campari, and you’ll have the ultimate summer bar.

The Well-Stocked Bar for Summer [WaPo]

Also see our own guide to … Read more

Cookout USA – Book Review

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We thought that Cookout USA would be the perfect cookbook for Memorial Day. While not technically the start of summer, for many, Memorial Day signifies the start of summer and grilling season. I love everything about grilling season. The smell of the charcoal and grilling meats, the steamy weather and cold, refreshing drinks. Plus, there are fresh tomatoes, corn and watermelon to name a few of my food favorites! To me, summer, grilling and barbeques … Read more

Show Me the Chocolate

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The mid-February celebrations originate in early Rome, where revelers commemorated the empire’s founders, as well as the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus. This fertility festival included a sex lottery where men pulled names of mates out of a box. The randomly matched lovers often ended up marrying. Talk about fodder for reality TV.

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Guinness That Help Firefighters

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If you’re one of the many shoppers still struggling to find the perfect last-minute gift for family or friends, consider doing some good on their behalf by purchasing a limited edition firefighter-inspired Guinness t-shirt.

Deck the Halls with Less-Frizzled Hosts

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This is the time of year when the calendar pages for the next few months are red-lined with parties, making December through January look like they’re on fire.

Wines That Rock For the Holidays and After

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There’s a trend for celebrities, alive and dead, to have their own wine labels. These wines are fun and make a great gift to bring for a party. This is important as we enter fall and the party season. I know that we are often scratching our heads as to a fun and appropriate gift to bring to a party. There is the added pressure given that we right about wine and booze.

We have recently been exploring the rock-n-roll labels. Honestly, it’s been pretty fun. We didn’t have high expectations about the wines given that the focus was on the bottle. But, we weren’t disappointed. The quality varied but none of them were bad or undrinkable. In fact, most of them were pretty good.

Happy Repeal Day – aka Cinco de Drinko

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Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the implementation of the 21st Amendment, also known as Repeal Day (for repealing the disastrous 18th Amendment, which went into effect on January 17, 1920). Make sure you enjoy a tipple today to celebrate!

Bourbon Brined Turkey Breast with Gravy

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Ingredients:

    1 whole turkey breast, 6-8 lbs. Brined in Bourbon Brine
    1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
    ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
    ¼ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
    ¼ cup cider vinegar
    ½ cup apple juice
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced
    ½ lb slab bacon, cut into ¼-inch thick pieces
    2 carrots, peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick pieces
    1 head fennel, cut into ¼-inch thick slices vertically
    1 large red onion,

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Maker’s Mark Bourbon Turkey Gravy

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A little more involved than our basic bourbon gravy, but worth the effort

Ingredients:

    6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 pieces turkey wings, chopped into 2-inch pieces
    1 onion, minced
    1 clove garlic, crushed
    1 bay leaf
    1 sprig thyme
    1 sprig sage
    ¼ cup flour
    ¼ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
    ½ cup red wine
    3 cups chicken or turkey stock
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    Splash red wine vinegar, to taste
    Salt and pepper, to taste

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Bourbon Brine

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This brine is meant for a turkey breast, but you can also use it for chicken and pork.

Ingredients:
 
½ cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
6 cups water
1 piece cinnamon stick
10 pieces allspice berries
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
5 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 sprig thyme
1 whole turkey breast, 6-8 lbs

Instructions:

1. Combine everything except the turkey breast in a large pot. Bring … Read more

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