Patio Party

Patio Party

Mint juleps aren’t for Derby anymore!  Don’t you just love a mint julep?  Not the ones they serve in masses at the track, but the real, homemade type.  I love a good mint julep and they are so easy to make.  I wanted to share my version of a summertime strawberry mint julep.

You have to start with the real deal, which is homemade simple syrup.  Don’t be scared, it’s not hard.  And if you make a batch of it, it will last several weeks.  Or, at least until you run out of bourbon!

The recipe for simple syrup is 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and a sprig of fresh mint leaves.  Tear the leaves off of the stim, but don’t tear the leaves.  You will be fishing those out as the syrup cools.

Boil the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.  Should be about 3 minutes.  While cooling remove the mint leaves.  Let cool completely then put in a storage container ( I use an olive oil dispenser).  You can keep it in the refrigerator for about a month. Ok, so now you have your base.  Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 parts Bourbon (use a middle of the road bourbon, you don’t have to use Pappy)
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • several strawberries
  • a fresh sprig of mint

Place your strawberries in a glass and be sure to muddle them until they have broken up.  Add all ingredients, including ice to the shaker and shake, shake, shake.  Pour into a julep cup, Moscow Mule cup or a highball glass.  Garnish with the fresh mint.

Cheers!  xoxo

 

 

 

Royal “Tea”

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Besides Champagne what should you serve at the royal wedding party? Even though it’s going to be 8am EST (the fun stuff starts a lot earlier) you still want to be creative and fancy.  There’s always a Mimosa as an option but I thought you might want to try something different.

I found this traditional English recipe and made a few changes to tie Kentucky and London together.  This sounds delicious! xoxo

Royal Balmoral Punch
Ingredients:
3 cups Kentucky Bourbon (Makers Mark would be nice)
1 cup tea syrup (to make, combine 1 cup English breakfast tea, brewed strong, then mix while hot with 1 cup sugar until it becomes a syrup)
2 cups fresh apple juice
Top with 2 cups lemonade

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a punch bowl with ice.
Serve in glass tea cups or champagne flutes

Talk Derby To Me

Talk Derby To Me

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Photo by Elissa Wiehn

Derby is coming!  It’s my favorite time of the year in Kentucky.  Everything is so festive and fun.  Even the weather is going to cooperate.  So this week all Bubbly Horse posts will be Derby related.

Let’s talk mint juleps.  Not the juleps that you buy at the track, they aren’t very good.  Let’s face it, you can’t have a good craft cocktail when you are preparing for the masses!

The key is the simple syrup.  It’s soooo easy to make and you can keep it in your fridge for several weeks.  All it is sugar and fresh mint leaves boiled down into a syrup.  It makes the drink so much better than when you use the mix.  You’ll see!

If you don’t have julep cups then use a regular glass.  I had a mint julep served in a Moscow mule cup the other day which was really good.  Just be creative and have fun! xoxo

Yield: Makes 1 drink
Ingredients
1  ounce minted simple syrup
2 cups crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon (I would use a quality bourbon versus a cooking bourbon)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish

Preparation

Add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water (or not). Add enough of remaining ice to almost fill glass. Stir well and garnish with mint sprig.

Bourbon Thoughts

Bourbon Thoughts

Today I was doing one of my favorite things which is shopping at Costco.  I love walking around all the aisles and looking at all the items.  I never knew I needed so many items and gadgets!  Not to mention that it helps me get my steps in on my fitbit.

After my shopping I always visit the liquor store.  Did you know that Costco is the world’s leading wholesale buyer of wine?  The prices are great.

Today in addition to buying champagne and wine I was looking at all the spirits.  Costco has a good variety of bourbons.  They have the usual suspects, Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark, but they also have a good selection of select bourbons.  One of our new favorite bourbons is Rabbit Hole.  Not only is the packaging awesome but it’s a great bourbon for the value.  Read all about it below.

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However, the bourbon that caught my eye was the bourbon below.  It’s so exclusive I can’t even find anything about Lincoln Bourbon on the internet.  Be sure to check out the price tag.  At Costco!  Does anybody know this bourbon?

What’s your favorite bourbon? xoxo

Bourbon Pancakes

Bourbon Pancakes

 

Are you looking for a great recipe to make for your Valentine?  I have it right here!  Buttermilk pancakes are so good and the hardest part is going to the grocery to pick up the ingredients.  Add Bourbon syrup to the dish and you’ve got a meal that is scrumpdillyicious!

Ingredients
Bacon Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Butter Sauce
Pancakes:
8 slices bacon
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons melted butter (slightly cool)
2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
Syrup:
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons butter

Directions
For the Pancakes: Heat a griddle to medium-high heat. Fry the bacon until crispy and then transfer to a paper-towel lined plate.

Lower the heat to medium, and remove any excess bacon fat. You want there to be a thin layer for the pancakes.

Chop the bacon into crumbs and separate the crumbs into two piles.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar, whisking together to thoroughly combine.

Add the buttermilk, butter, half of the bacon, and eggs and whisk together until combined but still slightly lumpy.

Drop spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook on each side until it bubbles, then flip over. Transfer to a warm oven while finishing the rest.

For the Syrup: In a small saucepot, combine the bourbon and maple syrup, whisking together over medium heat until thoroughly combined and hot.

Cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes, then whisk the butter in, a tablespoon at a time, until fully incorporated.

Serve a stack of pancakes covered in syrup and sprinkled with the reserved bacon crumbs to serve.

 

Photo and recipe by The Chew

 

Egg-Free Eggnog

Some people just don’t like eggs.  Or some people are vegans.  Whatever the case I came across this recipe that I thought you might like.  xoxo

 

Rebecca Firkser December 11, 2017

Start out with 4 cups unsweetened cashew or almond milk—you can make your own if you want, but it ultimately won’t make or break your eggnog. Pour the milk into a blender. Next, shake up another can of full-fat coconut milk, open it, and add the contents to the blender.

Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon allspice, ¼ teaspoon cloves, and 2 pinches of fine sea salt into the blender. Blend the mixture until well combined and frothy. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and let it chill for at least a few hours.

 

What’s Not to Like!

Caramel, bourbon and bacon need I say anything else?  All my favorite flavors rolled up in an awesome treat.  Thanks Food.com. Yummy!  xoxo

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US
Ingredients

5 quarts plain popped corn (freshly air-popped recommended.)
1⁄2-1 lb thick cut bacon, chopped, fried to just about crispy and well drained
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1⁄2 cup light corn syrup or 1⁄2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
3 ounces Bourbon (cheap is good)

Directions
Preheat your oven to 250º.
Melt 1 cup of butter over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar, corn syrup and sea salt and then stir until boiling at the edges. Lower the heat slightly and let boil until the caramel is 250º. Remove from heat and add the baking soda and bourbon. Once fully incorporated, stir in the bacon.
Divide the popcorn into two very lightly greased roasting pans and coat with the caramel. Mix well and then put the popcorn into the preheated oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, mixing every 10-15 minutes so the kernels of popped corn is coated in bourbon bacon coating.
Once done, pour onto either parchment paper or wax paper to cool and break into pieces.
Refrigerate.

Drunken Cherries

The holidays are coming!  Do you all like to pretend that you are straight out of Mad Men and make craft cocktails at your house?  Drinks such as Manhattans, Old Fashioned, Martini’s are all coming back into style.  Why not make a spectacular garnish that you can use or make for gifts?  These cherries are the best and can make your cocktail go from average to superstar in a flash! xoxo

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Ready In 15 minutes

Microwave bourbon (the highest proof possible) and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish until hot, about 1 minute. (Or heat in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.) Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Place cherries into a small jar and pour the hot liquid over them; gently press on the cherries to make sure they are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 week or up to 1 month.

Recipe and photo from Madewell

Hot Buttered Bourbon- Yes Please!

I’m loving these cooler temps, it just makes me want to get out my boots, sweaters and drink bourbon! Break out the snuggies and enjoy. Xoxo

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Hot Buttered Bourbon

10mins · 2 Servings
Ingredients 
1 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon honey

¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

½ cup (4 ounces) bourbon

Cinnamon sticks for garnish