Bourbon Slush


Last weekend LJ and I got all dressed up (sundress for me….sear sucker for him) for our friend’s Kentucky Derby party.  Since bourbon is a drink of choice for the races I decided to make Bourbon Slush.  This is by far one of my favorite summer time drinks.  Its super easy to make and delicious!  Even if you aren’t a big bourbon drinker…you will be sure to like this drink!

Sorry for the minimal pictures….but there wasn’t much preparation other than mixing the ingredients.  You want to make sure you make this atleast 24 hours in advance so the slush has plenty of time freeze.

What you’ll need for bourbon slush:

1 can frozen lemonade

1 can frozen orange juice

1 cup sugar

2 cups water

5 cups water

4-6 tea bags

2 cups Bourbon (or more if you prefer)

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Put two cups of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Once the water is boiling add your tea bags.  I got the large tea bags by accident, so I just did three of them.  If you have normal sized tea bags, I would do 5-6 bags.  The goal is to make very STRONG tea.

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Let the tea steep for about five minutes.  Then, remove the tea bags.  While the mixture is still warm add the 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved.

 

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Add the frozen lemonade, orange juice, tea, bourbon and 5 cups of water into your container.  Mix together well.  Place in the freezer and freeze for at least 24 hours.

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Spoon the slush into a mason jar.  Top it off with some 7-up (optional).  Perfect refreshment on a hot summer day!

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Girls’ Night and Brown Sugar Pecan Brie


Every Monday night some of my girlfriends and I get together to catch up, eat good food, play with our newest Bachelor watching buddy Baby Anna, and of course watch the reality show The Bachelor.  Don’t judge!  Sometimes after coming home from working with my clients it’s nice to watch TV shows that require no mental effort at all!

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Since this Monday night tradition started, I always think about ways my grandmother DaGa would get together with her friends for “Girls Night” back in the day.  She and her friends would  get together every other Tuesday to play bridge (which requires much more effort than watching The Bachelor).  Just like my friends and I she and her friends would rotate who would host each time.  She would have her card tables set up with table cloths, provide desserts such as pineapple upside down cake as well as other snacks like mints and nuts.

It was my turn to play hostess on Monday night.  We first went to Sugarland, a delicious bakery that originated in Chapel Hill, NC and just moved to Cameron Village in Raleigh.  They have 5$ martinis that they make with their homemade gelato that are fabulous! Next we came back to my place to watch The Bachelor.  This week I made snickerdoodles and Brown Sugar Pecan Brie.  I apologize for not having many pictures, but I was trying to make it fast when everyone was there since it tastes much better if served immediately!

Brown Sugar Pecan Brie

Print recipe here

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Ingredients:

About 1.5 tbsp. of butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

1 wedge brie cheese

3 tbsp. bourbon or whiskey (optional)

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Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat.  Add in the pecans and toast.  Then add in the brown sugar and bourbon or whiskey.  If you or you’re husband drank it all and you didn’t realize it until the last minute (like me) you can substitute water instead.  Let everything mix together, stirring occasionally for about a minute.

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Pour over your brie wedge and serve with crackers.  It’s a simple appetizer that is a definite crowd pleaser!

Tonight we’re going to the Rodeo! I’m making Ginnie’s chocolate cake to take to our pre-rodeo party.  Check back in to see pictures and the recipe 🙂

Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon


‘Tis the season for apples, spice, and everything nice (Fall tailgating)!  Southern Living Magazine is a staple in our family, just like the morning paper.  I remember my mother, grandmother DaGa, and aunts always had stacks of the magazine and were excited to try new recipes, especially the seasonal ones.  So the other day I was perusing the September 2012 issue of Southern Living and found a fabulous recipe for Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon.  I was preparing for an upcoming tailgate for a Virginia Tech football game and decided to give it a shot (no pun intended).  I mean what’s more Southern than Bourbon?  So although this is not a family recipe, it was definitely share-worthy and I thought I would review it for you.  I was skeptical at first if it tasted really like apple pie, but let me tell you… it’s delicious!

Ingredients:

1 Golden Delicious Apple (I used a Matzo which is a cross between a Golden Delicious and Granny Smith)

2 Cinnamon sticks (I used 3, to try but wished I had stuck to 2 like the original recipe)

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 750 milliliter bottle of bourbon (I used Jim Beam)

1/4 cup simple syrup (I used 1 cup organic whole cane sugar and 1/2 cup water, you can use regular sugar)

Directions:

First, chop the apple.

Measure out the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

Put in a 1 quart jar or glass container (I just happened to have this huge old mason jar from my grandmother house!)

Then, pour in the bourbon….

Once all the bourbon is in the jar, you’re going to let it all marinate for 4 days… yum!  Cover your jar with a top, I just covered mine with aluminum foil and stored it at room temperature.

On the fourth day, make your simple syrup by combining 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water in a sauce pan.  Mine looks brown because I used cane sugar, it will look  much lighter if you use regular white sugar.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Boil for 1 minute or until sugar has dissolved.  Remove the syrup from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes.

While the simple syrup is cooling, run the bourbon concoction through a strainer.  I’m sure you could keep the apple to add, kind of like sangria, but beware it could be deadly if you know what I mean!

After you’ve strained the cinnamon sticks and apple out, pour 1/4 cup of the simple syrup into the mix.  I honestly misread the recipe and put in the whole amount that I made (which is 3/4 cup).  It was very sweet and tasted only like apple pie, not very much like bourbon, so I recommend following the actual directions and only putting in 1/4 cup!  Mix together and then for the sake of travel, I poured it back into the Jim Beam bottle.

Southern Living suggests putting it in cute glass containers and giving as gifts which I am TOTALLY doing for Christmas for my friends.  They even have printable labels! Overall, my husband, friends and I give this recipe an A+!  As long as you plan ahead (since it takes time for the flavors to marinate) this is a super easy recipe!

I’m sure you can drink it on the rocks if you’re that type of person, but we mixed in 1 shot of Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon with about 6 oz. Ginger Ale over ice.  Garnish with a thin slice of apple if you’d like. They also suggest mixing it with sparking cider which I definitely plan on trying.  Cheers!