Bourbon Smash Up

So what exactly is a Bourbon Smash-up?

Bourbon/Whisky drinking traditionalist’s will tell you that there are only a few ways of drinking a glass of Bourbon/Whisky.

1. Neat

2. With a large ice cube

3. a few droplets of water

With the resurrgence of Bourbon/Whisky, you are finding a lot more of mixed Bourbon drinks, besides the typical Old Fashioned, Manhatten and a Mint Julep, of these you also see several different varieties of these already known cocktails. “Craft cocktails” have changed the way people drink in the 21st century. “Craft cocktails” explore the creativity of the bartender, showcasing their concoctions as culinary art. Quite simply put, Delicious drinks! Typically, I prefer to drink it Neat or with ice on the side, but recently I have found myself branching out and trying these Bourbon Smash-ups.

 I refer to these drinks a Bourbon Smash-ups, due to the fact these drinks stray away from tradition.

I will always give a Bourbon Smash-up a chance, after all “A Lil’ Dab of Bourbon” never hurt!

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Kentucky Sweet Peach Tea

Although I prefer my bourbon neat, summertime seems to call for me to change. With the sun and the heat Bourbon Smash Ups in the summer are my favorite way to cool off. This recipe is a twist on a family favorite. Growing up we would make sweet sun tea with my Gram. As the years have passed, I’ve found different ways to enhance this Sweet sun tea and of course most recently I decided to add “A Lil’ Dab of Bourbon” to it, which appropriately now makes it Kentucky Sweet Peach Tea.

For the tea:

Get a large pitcher of water and add in 3-4 Luzianne tea bags (or whatever tea you prefer)

Fill the pitcher with water and allow to sit out in the sun for 2-3 hours. Now the amount of time will depend on a few things, how hot it is outside? how large is your pitcher or jug of tea? what kind of tea are you using? (green tea, regular or flavored tea) and of course how dark do you like to have your tea?

If you don’t have the time to make sun tea, you could always boil some water and add in your tea bags to the pitcher and brew the tea that way.

While your tea is brewing, make your peach simple syrup:

  • In a medium sauce pan add 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water with 2-3 peaches sliced.
  • Bring syrup ingredients to a boil then reduce to medium heat
  • Crush peach slices as you stir to dissolve sugar
  • Turn off heat, cover & let sit for 30 mins.
  • Strain syrup through a fine strainer to remove fruit pieces ( you can save the fruit to add in to the drink if you choose)

 

For your drink:

1 Demara sugar cube, muddled

1/2 Tbsp. Peach Simple Syrup

2 Tbsp. Fresh brewed sun tea

1 oz Bourbon, Woodford Reserve

Add in one large I cube and serve!

You can always adjust the sweetness of the tea to your particular liking. And there you have it, some Kentucky Sweet Peach tea.

 

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Bulliet BLT

Tonic is typically found in your vodka & gin drinks. Which I’m not a huge fan of, but adding tonic and lemon to Bulleit bourbon really makes this a light and refreshing drink for all! Perfect ending to a great summer day, or to serve at your BBQ

1.5oz Bulleit Bourbon

3 oz Tonic

1 fresh squeezed lemon wedge

Served over Ice

Add all ingredients to a shaker, with ice. Strain into a glass with a large ice cube, I take a Tbsp. of bourbon and layer it along the top of the glass for an extra kick! Garnish with lemon peel or a wedge of lemon.

Enjoy!

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So EXCITED and proud! This Old Fashioned recipe along with my Pork Chop recipe was just featured on Bourbon and Banter as a guest blogger!

If you have a love for all things bourbon please make sure you head over and check out their blog bourbonbanter.com   I had so much fun with both these recipes and hope you enjoy it! 

 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something……. Bourbon?

Yes! We are talking bourbon today and I’m going to show you a twist on two ageless classics, The Old Fashioned & Pork chops.

Some would say that bourbon has become my obsession, but let’s just say it’s my passion. So much so that my affection for bourbon has transitioned into the kitchen. I grew up cooking with my Gram and her motto always was “A lil’ dab will do ya.” I’ve incorporated that motto into my cooking, baking & drinking. “A Lil’ Dab of Bourbon” never hurt anyone!

I drink my bourbon the way God intended it to be, “Neat.” But if I’m going to have a cocktail, I stick with the classics. The Old Fashioned is definitely a bar standard and my personal go-to if I’m in the mood for a cocktail. So, with the Old Fashioned, we are going to borrow a twist from my friend, Chris. She adds Black Walnut Bitters to this time-honored traditional cocktail. We are taking the old, turning it new- with our borrowed recipe!

Let’s get to mixing our Black Walnut Old Fashioned!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Demerara Sugar Cube

  • 5 Dashes Black Walnut Bitters

  • Orange Peel

  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey

  • Ice

  • Rosemary to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place your sugar cube in an old fashioned glass. Add the 5 dashes of walnut bitters right on top of your sugar. I adore the walnut bitters, because it brings out a nice robust, nutty flavor to compliment the rye, without overpowering it. Add orange peel (careful not to get the pith!) and a small splash of water. You will want to muddle the sugar cube until it is crushed and begins to dissolve. (about 1 minute)

  2. Add in your Rye Whiskey. I chose to use a Rye for this cocktail because of its peppery bite and its ability to compliment & enhance the flavors that go along with this drink. Rye has a strong flavor profile so it won’t get lost in this mixed drink! (we used Michter’s Straight Rye Whiskey) Now just stir and finish with a large Ice cube and garnish with rosemary!

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Typically when I go out I will always order my Bourbon neat, sometimes with ice on the side, depending on the Bourbon I’m drinking. There are times though, that I do branch away and try a Bourbon Smash-up. This recipe I’m sharing definitely doesn’t disappoint. Its from one of my favorite restaurants here in Kansas City, The Pig & Finch. Not only do they have great food, but they have a great selection of Bourbon. You can get most of the ingredients at your liquor store, for the few you that you can’t find, do as I did and use “The Google.” I was able to purchase the missing ingredients online. Hope you enjoy this drink!

Recipe by Chef Andrew Zimmerman of “Sepia”~Chicago Illinois

2oz. W.L. Weller Bourbon

3/4oz. Averna Amaro

1/2oz. Carpano Antica

1/4oz. Luxardo Maraschino

1 dash Cherry Bark Vanilla bitters

1 dash Angostura bitters

Orange peel

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice, stir. Strain over a large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel.

Enjoy!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and with that comes a change in our food and drinks. We look for things that are comforting on those cold, dreary days to keep us warm & cozy. This cup may not be a fancy Starbucks Christmas cup, but it’s definitely going to bring you some cheer through the holiday season and more! Cider is a wonderful drink that you can easily enjoy warm or cold. For me the beginning of November was still around 75 degrees, so I thought it was best to give it a shot cold. Although I seriously can not wait for some colder weather to have this warm me up! This drink is super simple and you only need two simple ingredients.

1. Your favorite brand of apple cider

2. Evan Williams Apple Orchard

For this drink to be served cold:

-Use an Old Fashioned glass or Rocks glass

-Add ice to your desire, I typically prefer the large cubes of ice

-Fill the large end of a jigger, (aprox. 1 1/2 ouces) of Evan Williams Apple Orchard

-Pour apple cider over ice and bourbon to fill the glass

Just beware these are so delicious and have a way of sneaking up on you!

Drink and enjoy!