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Happy National Maple Syrup Day! If there were ever a food item that deserves its own day, it’s this one! It takes 30-40 gallons of maple sap boiled down to create one gallon of that delicious maple syrup and it goes on everything! From pancakes, waffles, muffins, and grits to sweet potato fries and bacon, it is quite a versatile item to have in your arsenal. So in honor of this luscious syrup, I am shaking things up with my festive Maple Bourbon Sparkler.
I just love how the deep maple flavor compliments the vanilla and spice notes of the bourbon and the addition of champagne and a splash of lemon make this cocktail bright and drinkable. It's the perfect libation for all of your holiday parties!
Maple Bourbon Sparkler
· ½ Tablespoon of Pure Maple Syrup
· 2 Ounces of Maker’s Mark Bourbon
· Squeeze of a Lemon Wedge
· 3 Ounces of Brut or Extra Dry Champagne. **
1. Fill your favorite cocktail shaker with your maple syrup, bourbon and the squeeze of lemon. Shake until well combined and chilled.
2. Pour into champagne flute and top with champagne.
3. Enjoy and Repeat.
*I added a maple sugar rim for the photos. It was very sweet. I do not recommend it!
**Please use only Brut or Extra Dry Champagne/Sparkling Wine. It will be much too sweet with an Asti or Spumante.
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September is Bourbon Heritage Month, which is very, very exciting... for all of you NOT pregnant. However, I AM pregnant and I am NOT excited about my beloved bourbon being forbidden for the next several months.
Not to be deterred, I thought I would offer up some delicious ways to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month that don't involve actually drinking bourbon.
Sure, this recipe comes from Hummingbird High, a lovely blogger who is actually from Portland, Oregon. However, I feel she can be trusted because this cake looks delicious. I also feel that someone should make this cake and deliver it to my house ASAP.
The first day of fall is September 23rd. That means fall is officially close enough for all of us (or me) to start gorging ourselves on all things pumpkin, including this delicious cheesecake by Kitchenette.
These cookies from Heather Christo have bourbon and bacon and a cup of butter. What more do you people need to know?
If I can't get tipsy, at least my cake should be able to! Plus, chocolate and bourbon is a winning combination every time. Not to mention, Better Homes & Gardens knows their stuff when it comes to baking.
You know what? Sometimes you need to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month first thing in the morning. Luckily, The Noshery has you covered with this delicious mix up of bourbon pecan pie and donuts!
Happy celebrating! Don't forget to make two of each and send one to me!
~ Sarah Stewart Holland of bluegrass redhead