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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Use Booze in Thanksgiving Dinner

Let liquor add a little oomph to some classic Thanksgiving foods

Bourbon Gravy

Making gravy is surprisingly easy. If you’re already making a Thanksgiving turkey, with about 15 minutes extra work you can also have homemade gravy. And like most foods, gravy is even better when you add booze.

Ingredients
    4 cups turkey or chicken stock 3 tbs butter (unsalted) 1/3 cup flour Pan drippings from turkey (pour fat off first) ½ cup bourbon salt and pepper to taste
  Instructions

Cook butter in a large saucepan on medium … Read more

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