Articles Tagged: Thanksgiving

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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Cranberry-Honey Cocktail

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This Thanksgiving, be grateful for cocktails! The cranberry-honey syrup is also delicious combined with sparkling water or club soda for a non-alcoholic alternative.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry-honey syrup*
1 oz fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

*Cranberry-honey syrup

Ingredients:
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce … Read more

Death’s Door White Whisky Review

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We have a special review for you this Thanksgiving. I am reviewing the first bottle of spirits that I literally had to wrangle from its owner (and the first bottle that I have requested for review). To me, Thanksgiving is not only about giving thanks for the good things that have happened during the year, it’s also about harkening back to the first Thanksgiving and the founding of the nation. That might sound hokey to … Read more

Last Minute Wine Recommendations for Thanksgiving

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We know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We also know that you might be freaking out if all of the wine shops and liquor stores have closed for the day and you haven’t been able to get wine for Thanksgiving dinner. In most states, you can head off to your local grocery store (if you live in a state where you have to buy from state-owned stores, there isn’t much we can do … Read more

5 Weird Italian Wines for Thanksgiving

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I have written of my love of Italian wines. I love that they have weird and wacky varietals, wines that you would never hear of unless you really dug deep. I love that the Italians continue to cultivate over 3,000 varieties of grapes and continue to bring back more that were almost extinct. I love that the Italians mix it up. They make sparkling, sweet and still wines out of tons of different varietals with … Read more

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