Wake Up Call Recipe

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2 oz. Barrel Strength Bourbon of choice
1 oz. coffee liqueur
1 tsp. vanilla syrup
4 dashes Dashfire Orange Bitters or bitters of choice
Add all ingredients to mixing glass, add ice and stir well. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.


National Margarita Day

Today is National Margarita Day and for some of us it’s a very cold snowy day today, but that didn’t stop us from crafting a delicious margarita. For our margarita, we used Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, which has clear shine and a smooth yet robust agave flavor that allows it to play well with the flavors of other ingredients.

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Our margarita is made with Jalepeno peppers and cucumbers which gives it a refreshing spicy flavor. It’s a simple, great tasting, and easy to make margarita. Our full recipe is below.

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1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 cup Casa Noble Crystal Tequila

1/4 cup simple syrup

1/4 cup orange liqueur of choice

4 sprigs of mint

1/2 cucumber sliced thin

1 jalepeno pepper sliced lengthwise

In a pitcher or large bowl muddle together the simple syrup and 1 sprig of mint. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumbers, and jalepeno pepper. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours to let the flavors infuse into the drink. Serve over ice in a small rocks glass, garnish with a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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Wild Turkey Stuffing Cocktail Recipe

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We admit this one is a recipe we crafted around Thanksgiving and it would have been a bit more appropriate to post it then, but lately we’ve been enjoying it and think we have perfected the recipe. We hope you enjoy!

10 fresh basil leaves

10 fresh sage leaves

1 tablespoon apple butter

1 tablespoon pumpkin butter

4 ounces Wild Turkey 101

1 oz. lemon juice

4 dashes bitters of choice, I use Dashfire Brandy Old Fashioned Bitters

In a cocktail shaker muddle the basil and sage leaves together and fill with ice. Add pumpkin butter, apple butter, bourbon, and bitters. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain into glasses and garnish with a sage or basil leaf and enjoy.


Brunswick Stew Recipe

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With all the snow and cold weather this week we’ve been looking for ways to stay warm and what better way than a Hearty Brunswick Stew. Our recipe calls for a fair amount of bourbon which as a unique taste and added warmth. Enjoy!

1/2 pound butter

3 cups (2 large) diced sweet onions

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup bbq sauce

1 pound pulled pork

1/2 pound diced chicken

1/2 pound ground turkey

1/2 pound ground beef

1  can fire roasted tomatoes

2 cans drained green beans

3 oz. bourbon

1 quart or more quality chicken stock or broth

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the diced onions and saute until the onions are translucent, about 15 minutes. Stir in the cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes then add bbq sauce. Stir in the pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and beef. Add the fire roasted tomatoes and green beans. Stir in the chicken stock and let simmer for a couple hours over low heat. Enjoy! This recipe is also one that can be made in a crock pot.

Pair it with bourbon and cornbread for additional enjoyment.



Al Capone’s 116th Birthday

There is no doubt that Al Capone was a larger than life character. Today marks what would have been his 116th birthday. We are raising a glass today for Mr. Capone and sharing two cocktail recipes that feature Templeton Rye, which was said to be Al’s favorite whiskey. We hope you enjoy the cocktails. Happy Birthday Al.

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3 oz. Templeton Rye Whiskey

1 oz. Grand Marnier

Splash of Champagne

Dash of bitters

Combine Templeton Rye, bitters and Grand Marnier in a shaker. Shake well, strain in martini glass. Float champagne and garnish with lemon twist.

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3 oz  Templeton Rye whiskey

1 oz sweet vermouth

2 Dashes angostura bitters

1 stemmed maraschino cherry

Fill a mixing glass with ice; add Templeton Rye, vermouth, and bitters. Gently swirl or stir for about 20 seconds to mix thoroughly, do not shake this. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add stemmed cherry, and enjoy.

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Baltimore Bang Recipe

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1 1/2 ounces bourbon

1 1/2 ounces apricot brandy

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp sugar

orange slice and cherry for garnish

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange slice and cherry. Enjoy!


Homeade Sour Mix Recipe

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1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 cups fresh lemon and lime juice

In a small pot combine the sugar and water and simmer until sugar dissolves. Strain out the pulp from the lemon and lime juice. Turn heat to low and add fresh lemon and lime juice. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. Strain a final time into an airtight glass bottle. Sour mix will keep for approximately 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

This is a great way to make a homemade sour mix and the recipe we use when hosting cocktail parties. It is a perfect balance of sweet and sour.