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Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Fall is pumpkin season and, in addition to all the pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes out there, there are some unexpected pumpkin-infused goodies available, as well. One of these is the Pumpkin Cider from Ace Ciders. Despite the name, the hard cider is made with (high quality, of course) apples that are juiced and fermented. The cider is flavored with cinnamon, cloves and allspice ... Read More »

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

Molasses Bourbon Sandwich Cookies

This year, I was again honored to serve as a judge at the Los Angeles County Fair for some of their baking competitions. The bakers who come to the fair are always incredibly creative and picking out the best recipe is not an easy task. Fortunately, I don’t mind a tough job! One of the contests that I judged this year was the Gold Medal ... Read More »

Harvest Spice Old Fashioned

Harvest Spice Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is a classic cocktail that is generally made with bourbon, sugar and bitters. Those simple ingredients produce a flavorful drink, and also serve as a great jumping off point for variations on the theme. When you go to a cocktail bar, you’ll probably spot some twist on this drink on the menu and it is just as easy to put your own ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Extracts, like vanilla and almond, are designed to infuse a baked good with flavor and are highly concentrated so that you don’t need to use very much to taste their impact. I love vanilla and use a lot of it in my baking, but I still like to mix things up. While many cookies call for bourbon vanilla, I used real bourbon in these cookies. ... Read More »

Cherry Julep

Cherry Julep

Mint juleps are simple, refreshing cocktails that offer a boozy way to beat the heat on a hot day. Many of us associate them with the Kentucky Derby, as they are the official cocktail of that particular event, but they can be enjoyed any time of year. The basic recipe is made with nothing more than bourbon, mint, a little sugar and a lot of ... Read More »

Ginger Bourbon Smash

Ginger Bourbon Smash

A smash is a style of cocktail where some of the ingredients – often fruit or herbs – are smashed in the bottom of the glass to release their flavors, just as the name suggests. A julep would actually fall under the umbrella of a smash, as the mint is muddled before other ingredients are added to the cocktail, but citrus fruit is also commonly ... Read More »

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

If you enjoy whiskey cocktails, there is one classic one that should not be overlooked: the whiskey sour. This is a simple cocktail that has been on the books for well over a century (the earliest official recipe dates back to the 1860s, but unofficial versions predate that by decades) and it is just as satisfying now as it was then, if not moreso. The ... Read More »

Bourbon Banana Bread

Bourbon Banana Bread

Bananas go exceptionally well with spirits, particularly with rum and bourbon. Bananas foster is a great example of a decadent – and delicious – dessert that combines bananas with a bit of booze, but it’s not the only recipe out there for those of you who, like me, enjoy doing some baking with spirits. This Bourbon Banana Bread uses a very generous dose of bourbon ... Read More »

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