Cocktail Eats

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Editor’s Note: This guest blog is by J.K.O’Hanlon and features content from her newest book, “12 Happy Hours,” available on Amazon and wherever books are sold in soft-cover and eBook formats.  It features drink and food recipes with monthly themes and entertaining tips for casual, stress-free parties. O’Hanlon, a former corporate attorney, gets her ideas and inspiration from years of hosting cocktail gatherings in her suburban Kansas home; so many, in fact, that she has 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,

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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

How to Use Booze in Thanksgiving Dinner

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This Thanksgiving you can give a little thanks for liquor! I know I’m certainly grateful it exists! Booze makes everything better and that could even include your turkey dinner. Here are some great ideas for how alcohol can add a little oomph to some Turkey Day classic dishes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

    Rum Glazed Turkey
    Whiskey Sausage Apple Stuffing
    Bourbon Gravy
    Drunken Cranberry Sauce
    Wildflower Honey and Scotch Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes
    Bourbon Glazed Carrots
    Liquored-Up Alternatives

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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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A little booze is a good way to brighten up a holiday. Here are some absolutely tantalizing desserts that are great alternatives to pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

    Pumpkin-Chocolate Tiramisu — yes, please! This twist on the addictive classic uses almond liqueur along with pumpkin and chocolate.
    Pumpkin Rum Pie — how can pumpkin pie get even better, you ask? The answer is rum.
    Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Whiskey Butter Sauce — everything in this beautiful

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Tailgating Drinks and Eats

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Now that Football season is on full swing, we celebrate Tailgating Week!

What is tailgating and where did it come from?

According to our sources, mostly Modern Marvels Tailgating episode, Tailgating is a truly American past time spawned by the rise of American College Football in the late 1800s.  The game of college football got it’s start on the Northeast United States around New York City.

The first game was played in 1869 between Rutgers … Read more

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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