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Minty Fresh Bourbon Cocktails: Juleps and Mojitos


Springtime in Kentucky is bourbon drinking weather (what weather in KY is not?)! Anyway, spring weather goes hand-in-hand with thoroughbred horse racing, especially the Kentucky Derby. As most people know, the official drink of the KY Derby is the Mint Julep. Folks usually either love or hate the julep. If you are a julep hater or just looking for something refreshing and a little different, we have a couple of twists on the traditional Mint Julep and Mojito.

PAMA Mint Julep

Ingredients (for one cocktail):

* 2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
* 2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon (any bourbon will do)
* 2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
* 2 Sugar Cubes

Directions:

In a mixing glass, muddle mint and sugar with Bourbon and PAMA. Shake ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and serve.

Thanks to Chuck Cowdery for this recipe.

Bourbon Mojito

Ingredients (for one cocktail):

* 1/2 lime, quartered (plus extra for garnish)
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 full sprig of mint
* 2 oz bourbon
* Soda water

Directions:

In a glass, muddle the lime, sugar, and mint until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice and bourbon. Stir well. Top with soda water. Garnish with lime.

Thanks to Shoes & Cocktails for this recipe.

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Splash of Bourbon Makes Food Taste Better

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A splash of bourbon whiskey makes food taste better. Kentucky cooks have known this for a long time, and with the increasing popularity of bourbon, a new generation of food lovers have discovered many uses for this versatile spirit in the kitchen. With this in mind, veteran food writer and cookbook author David Dominé has published a collection of original recipes that will help readers enjoy bourbon’s distinctive flavors in dishes from crumpets and cakes, to dressings and dumplings, and pilafs and purées.

Not only does does Dominé entertain his readers with interesting tidbits about this distinctive American spirit, he discusses subtle differences in the bourbons used in this, the first-ever collection of recipes designed to showcase a wide variety of brands while promoting tourism at Kentucky’s distilleries.

In addition to sights along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, this “coffee table” style cookbook features stunning color photographs of each of the 70 food dishes. The author also includes brief histories of distilleries, notes from the master distillers and explanations for such terms as single barrel, small batches and bottled-in-bond.

Shrimp and Corn Hushpuppies, Bourbon Butternut Squash Soup, Kentucky Derby Salad, and Trout Gratin are just a few of the recipes included. Dominé also prepares whiskey-laced originals such as Bourbon Battered Fish with Pumpkin Seeds and Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. The decadent Bourbon Ball Torte, a four-layer, chocolate concoction filled with rich butter cream, whiskey and pecans and coated in smooth chocolate ganache, is topped with one of the Bluegrass State’s most famous confections, the bourbon ball! Whether it is simmered in soups, drizzled in dressings or baked into breads, bourbon is sure to become a staple in your pantry after reading Splash of Bourbon, Kentucky’s Spirit.

Dominé will be signing his new book in many Kentucky bookstores throughout April. Check with your local bookstore for more information.

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Cooking With Bourbon From Four Roses

eggnogLAWRENCEBURG, Ky., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Declared by Congress as America’s Native Spirit and the country’s official distilled spirit, bourbon has become a special part of many holidays – and nowhere more so than in bourbon’s home state of Kentucky.

“Cooking with bourbon or making a batch of eggnog during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays can be a wonderful family tradition,” said Hall of Fame Master Distiller Jim Rutledge of Four Roses Bourbon in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

Rutledge said his distillery receives emails from across the country asking for an eggnog recipe that ran in a Life magazine advertisement in the 1930s.

“It makes us proud that we’re able to continue being a part of those traditions to this day,” Rutledge said.

Chef Dean Corbett of one of Louisville, Ky.’s fine-dining restaurants, Equus, believes bourbon can add interest and intrigue to many dishes that are perfect for holiday entertaining.

“Bourbon is such a versatile ingredient,” Corbett said. “You can throw it in a sauce to enhance a savory dish like our Shrimp Jenkins. Its sweet notes also make it a natural for desserts like bread pudding and Bananas Foster.”

Equus’ bar manager and Louisville Magazine’s pick for the city’s best bartender, Joy Perrine suggests warming up a holiday party with bourbon as the featured punch ingredient, or a rich, steamy drink like the Hot Buttered Bourbon made with bourbon and real butter.

Four Roses Eggnog
(from Life magazine ad, 1936)
—  Beat separately yolks and whites of 6 eggs.
—  Add 1/2 cup of sugar to yolks while beating.
—  Add 1/4 cup of sugar to whites after they have been beaten very stiff.
—  Mix egg whites with yolks.
—  Stir in 1 pint of cream and 1 pint of milk.
—  Add a pint of Four Roses and 1 oz. Jamaican rum. Stir thoroughly and serve very cold.

Hot Buttered Bourbon (from Joy Perrine’s Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book, 2009)

—  5 oz. hot water
—  2 oz. spice-infused bourbon
—  3/4 oz. brown sugar syrup
—  1 oz. butter at room temp (no butter substitutes!)
—  Combine water, bourbon and syrup. Stir well.
—  Add the butter and stir rapidly to blend the butter into the rest of the mix. Serve immediately.

For more information on holiday gift offerings or drink recipes, visit www.fourroses.us

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Kentucky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

BBQ SauceFor a Kentucky bourbon barbecue sauce, simmer some onion and garlic in a couple of cups of bourbon. A slow simmer will soften the onion and garlic, and the bourbon will mellow to buttery richness as the alcohol cooks off.

The foundation of this sauce is ketchup and tomato paste. Sweeten it with brown sugar and molasses, then balance that by adding cider vinegar, pineapple and lemon juice (pineapple and lemon juice are natural complements to bourbon). Add depth with Worcestershire sauce, salt, liquid smoke and dry mustard, then spice it just a bit with a little hot sauce and chile powder.

Slightly sweet, the sauce is perfect mopped over pecan-crusted pork spareribs. Coat the ribs with a seasoned wet rub of Dijon mustard, brown sugar and chopped pecans, then cover and bake them over low heat for two to three hours until they’re meltingly tender. Shortly before they’re done, uncover them and baste them with the barbecue sauce; the sauce will thicken to a beautiful shellac. Serve the ribs hot, with a stack of napkins.

Recipe: Kentucky bourbon barbecue sauce

Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus about 3 hours cooking time for the ribs

Servings: 10 to 12


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Honey Bourbon Salmon Recipe

Ingredients:bourbonsalmon

  • 4 6-oz salmon fillets or steaks
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • S & P, to taste

What’s Next:

First, fire up your grill.

Rinse salmon & pat dry.  Gently place in a large plastic bag.

In a small bowl- stir together bourbon, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger & pepper. Heat in a small saucepan until brown sugar dissolves. Aloow to cool completely.  Pour sauce over salmon into bag.  Marinate in frig for 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Get your fish out of the bag, set aside marinade.  Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Place fish on foil, then place the foil onto hot grill.

Grill for 5-7 minutes or until it flakes with a fork while brushing it down with leftover marinade.

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Red Stag Infused Bourbon Drink Recipes

Enjoy Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Infused Bourbon with the following recipes:Jim Beam Red Stag

Stag & Cola
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Cola
Pour Red Stag into high ball glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with cola, stir lightly and serve. Garnish with lime if desired.

Red Stag Cherry Fizz
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Sprite
1/2 Part grenadine
Pour Red Stag into high ball glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with Sprite and add grenadine, stir lightly and serve. Garnish with a cherry if desired.

Red Manhattan
2 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
1/2 Part dry vermouth
1/2 Part sweet vermouth
Prepare in a shaker over ice. Strain into a Martini glass with a long stem black cherry garnish.

Brass Buck
3 Parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
4 Parts Ginger ale
Lime Wedge
Fill a highball glass 3/4 with ice. Pour in Red Stag by Jim Beam™ and ginger ale. Garnish with lime.

Buck Shot
1 Part Red Stag by Jim Beam™ Bourbon
1 Part Jägermeister®
Shake equal parts Red Stag by Jim Beam™ and Jägermeister® ice cold into a shot glass.

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Bacon-Infused Bourbon Whiskey

So it seems that bacon-infused spirits are all of the rage right now. While bacon-infused vodka in a Martini or Bloody Mary sounds delicious, it doesn’t sound as appetizing as bacon-infused bourbon. Something about sweet, smoky bacon just seems to naturally harmonize with the characteristics of bourbon, hence bacon-infused bourbon. Bacon-infused bourbon can be made fairly easily and quickly. Just think, in just a few short hours after reading this, you too could be enjoying bacon-infused bourbon cocktail. Here’s how to do it: Cook three to four slices of bacon, enough to render at least 1 – 3 ounces of fat. Once the bacon has cooled a bit, pour off the fat from the pan. Pour 750 ml of bourbon into a non-porous container. Strain the 1 – 3 ounces of bacon fat into the container and infuse for four to six hours at room temperature. Place mixture in freezer until all the fat is solidified. With a slotted spoon, remove fat and strain mixture back into bottle. Pass bourbon through a coffee filter to remove sediment if desired.

Check out this video of Guy Fieri and Nick Kosevich on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They make and drink Bacon-Infused Bourbon.

If you like the Classic Old Fashioned, Try one with Bacon Infused Bourbon.
In mixing glass, stir 2 ounces bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream Is A Winner!

This recipe is from the Bacon Takedown in NYC. Mike O’Neil won the first place Audience Award for his Bacon Bourbon Ice Cream.

Mike O’Neill’s Bacon Bourbon Ice Creambaconicecream

1/2 lb bacon, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 cup brown sugar plus more to coat bacon
3 tablespoons butter
2 3/4 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup “good” Bourbon (Mike used Knob Creek)

Lay the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with tin foil. Sprinkle enough brown sugar to cover each strip. Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees until the sugar starts to melt, about 5-7 minutes. Flip bacon slices and drag through the fat/sugar. Sprinkle with more brown sugar and bake for another 7-10 minutes until crisp. Place bacon on a wire rack until cool and chill completely in refrigerator.

In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter over low heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of the half-and-half, 1 cup brown sugar and salt and just bring to a boil. Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl and add a spoonful of the hot half-and-half mixture while whisking to temper. Repeat process a few more times. Add the egg yolk mixture to the half-and-half mixture in the pot and stir thoroughly. Add the Bourbon, and continue cooking until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, stirring constantly. Strain into 1 1/4 cups of cold half-and-half. Whisk thoroughly, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 6-8 hours (or overnight).

Chop the bacon strips into small pieces. Churn into ice cream following your ice cream maker’s direction, and add the bacon in the last minute of churning. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze a few hours before serving.

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Recipe from: Not Eating Out in New York

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