Cocktail Eats

Show Me the Chocolate

post iconThe 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. …Read More

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, … Read more

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

How to Use Booze in Thanksgiving Dinner

post iconLet liquor add a little oomph to some classic Thanksgiving foods …Read More

Bourbon Gravy

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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

Liquored-Up Alternatives To Pumpkin Pie

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Tailgating Drinks and Eats

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Bulleit Bourbon Burger

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Meat and whiskey is awesome!

Ingredients
Burger Patties and Cheese:

30 ounces ground chuck (20 percent fat)
2 ½ TBS. Bulleit Bourbon
1 ½ TBS. Worcestershire sauce
1 ¼ tsp. dried oregano
1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
1 ¼ tsp. table salt
30 grinds fresh black pepper
6 ounces Dubliner cheese (we recommend Kerrygold brand), thinly sliced and divided into 6 (1 oz.) servings

Directions: Combine well-chilled ground chuck with Bulleit Bourbon and Worcestershire sauce … Read more

Cream Soda Braised Ribs with Chipotle Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce

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Ingredients for Chipotle Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum BBQ Sauce:

8 oz. can chipotle peppers
2 cups BBQ sauce
1 TBS. molasses
2 TBS. Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
1 tsp.n vanilla extract
½ cup orange juice

Directions:
Blend ingredients together until smooth

Ingredients for the rub for the ribs:

2 racks of St. Louis ribs (about 4 pounds)
2 TBS. of smoked paprika
2 cups of brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 TBS. of … Read more

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