Black Bourbon Society Presents Bourbon, Beats & Bubbles at Gypsy Kitchen

I recently came across the Black Bourbon Society on Facebook and immediately wanted to join the group. With a lack of representation of persons of color in the bourbon community, founder Samara Rivers, decided that needed to change and form the Black Bourbon Society. The goal, to “bring African Americans who want to deepen their appreciation for fine whiskeys and bourbons through events, tasting and more.” With a community of 3,000+ bourbon enthusiast, Rivers organizes several bourbon centered events across the US. Each event features a carefully selected high quality bourbon brand that is available for tasting.

This past weekend, Black Bourbon Society was in Atlanta and was held at the Gypsy Kitchen. The afternoon’s featured bourbon was Woodford Reserve. Guest had the opportunity to taste 3 selections from the Woodford Reserve brand. A delicious spread of appetizers and welcome cocktails started the brunch off in a most delicious way.

Curated cocktails included:

Woodford Old Fashioned

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters)

Spice Trader

(Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Ginger Beer, Lime, Apricot, Honey, Cayenne)

Radio City

(Woodford Reserve Rye, Montenegro, Sweet Vermouth, Cherry, Black Walnut Bitters)

There were beautiful vibes all around as bourbon enthusiasts sipped on curated cocktails and enjoyed an amazing spread prepared by the Gypsy Kitchen. It was the perfect prelude to the main course. On the menu: Scramble Eggs, Bacon, Chicken Sausage, Pan Con Tomate, Cinnamon Roll, Skirt Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Mixed Greens, and Brunch Potatoes.

The event ended with a few word from Black Bourbon Society founder, Samara Rivers, expressing her deep gratitude to her guests continued support. It was a beautiful moment sealed with a champagne toast with Korbel.

Chicago is the next stop for the Black Bourbon Society, featuring Makers Mark. Click HERE for tickets!

For more information about Black Bourbon Society and future events, visit www.blackbourbonsociety.com.

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3 Bourbon Cocktails to Ring in the New Year

2018 is only a few days away! If you’re opting to bring in the year at home with a few friends, I’m sharing a few of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon‘s cocktail recipes from their mixologist, Michael Ring, to get you started. Michael is taking the healthier road by using fresh ingredients and ditching the sugars and syrups. He’s also provided mocktail versions for those participating in the Dry January challenge. Thanks Michael!

Cran-Orange Sparkler

Photo courtesy of Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.50 oz Simple Syrup

6 ea Fresh Cranberries

2-3 oz Orange Flavored Sparkling Water

2 dash Orange Bitters

1 ea Orange Twist skewered with fresh cranberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the cranberries to break the skins with the back of a spoon or a muddler. Add Coopers Craft Bourbon, simple syrup, and ice, then shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into a coupe or flute and top with Orange Flavored Sparkling water, 2 dashes of orange bitters, and garnish with orange cranberry twist.

For the mocktail version replace the bourbon with lemonade

Bourbon Blackberry Rickey

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

.75 oz Simple Syrup

2-4 oz Sparkling water

4 ea Fresh blackberries

1 ea lime wheel skewered with blackberry

In a cocktail shaker, crush the blackberries, then add Coopers Craft Bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake for 15 seconds to combine and chill. Strain into Collins glass, then add ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with Lime and Blackberry skewer and serve with a straw.

Simply omit the bourbon for a delicious mocktail.

The Golden Grapefruit

1.5 oz Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

.5 oz Honey Syrup**

1 tbsp Chopped Crystalized Ginger

3-4 oz Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water

2-3 dsh Grapefruit or orange bitters

1 ea Mint Sprig

In a cocktail shaker muddle the crystallized Ginger and Honey syrup. Add Coopers’ Craft Bourbon and fill with ice, shake for 15 seconds until chilled. Strain into Ice filled Collins Glass, top with Grapefruit Seltzer and two dashes of bitters. Garnish with mint sprig and serve with a straw.

** Honey Syrup (1/2 cup hot water +1/2 cup honey cooled to room temp)

For the mocktail version, simply replace the bourbon with lemonade.

About Coppers’ Craft

Coopers’ Craft is a celebration of Brown-Forman’s more than 70 years of expertise raising its own barrels at Brown-Forman Cooperage. Drawing inspiration from the craft of raising barrels and the importance of wood in bourbon-making, Coopers’ Craft uses a unique charcoal finishing process. Coopers’ Craft is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Tequila Herradura, Korbel, Finlandia, Chambord and Sonoma-Cutrer.

*This post is sponsored by Coopers’ Craft Bourbon.

Summer Cocktails-Mulberry Marjoram Mule 

Today is one of my favorite National Days, it’s National Bourbon Day! I just love Bourbon. Give me a perfectly executed Old Fashioned and I’m a happy girl. Another tasty cocktail that I really enjoy is a Kentucky Mule. I’ve had many variations of a mule, but nothing quite like the one I made today.


This summer I escaped my big city life in Atlanta, to spend the summer with my parents in Ohio. One thing the Midwest is known for is mulberries. It’s been awhile since I’ve had them but for some reason I felt I needed to put them in this cocktail. So now I had to find where to even get these mulberries. You won’t find them are your local Kroger, so don’t go looking for them! 


Very quickly my Mom informed me that a friend of hers had a big tree in their backyard. After one phone call and a short drive we were picking mulberries from a very abundant tree. Although tiny, these berries are packed full of flavor and nutrients.

This cocktail is the perfect beverage to celebrate National Bourbon Day! How are you celebrating??


Mulberry Simple Syrup 

1 1/2 cup mulberries

1 1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

Put mulberries, water, and sugar in medium pot. 

Cook on medium for 20 minutes. 

With a potato masher, smash the mulberries to get all of the juice out.

Cook for another 5 minutes.

Remove from stove and strain.

Let cool in refrigerator until ready to use.

Mulberry Marjoram Mule

1 oz mulberry simple syrup 

1 oz Four Roses Bourbon

Juice of 1/2 lime

2 dashes of Angostura bitters

2 sprigs of marjoram

Ginger beer

1. Muddle lime juice and marjoram in shaker.

2. Add Bourbon, mulberry syrup, and ice.

3. Shake and pour into glass.

4. Top with ginger beer.

5. Garnish with lime slice, marjoram sprig and a mulberry.

6. Enjoy & Drink Responsibly!

*This post is sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon. All thoughts are that of my own.

#PassTheJoy Baking Memories w/ Sprouts {Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares Topped w/ Bourbon Whipped Cream }

  
Yesterday I took a trip to farmers market courtesy of Sprouts. Their mission:  Create my own holiday recipe using fresh, natural, and organic products found the store.  I happily accepted this mission!  I had several ideas jumped in my head instantly. I am very familiar with Sprouts great selection of products, narrowing down my selection would be the issue. I wanted to do a pie, or maybe a cocktail, maybe after holiday brunch situation. Ahhhhh!!! I couldn’t decide and the decision had to be made soon because I had to be at work by 4:00PM. It was now 11:00AM. Yikes! By the time I had called Uber, I had narrowed it down to three potential recipes. I decided to go with recipe I knew, but could use some revamping. I also wanted to see what options were available at the store before making my final decision. 

  
Upon arrival, I grabbed myself a flyer to see what was on sale. Pineapples 98 cents!! I’m already sidetracked. I’m still getting one though. After walking the store for TWO hours I made a decision. After such deep examination of Sprouts products I have also found that they are even more awesome than I was previously familiar with. Obviously I needed to come visit more often.

    
With plan in head, I proceeded to gather the ingredients for my Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. And to put some pow wow on it, let’s top them with some Bourbon Whipped Cream. So very quickly I picked up some Sprouts Cream Cheese, Sprouts Ginger Snaps, Sprouts Eggs, Sprouts Organic Canned Pumpkin, and Sprouts Organic Whipped Cream. I also grabbed some Pumpkin Spice by The Spice Hunter, and some bulk pecan halves. With everything I needed plus a little more, I headed to the checkout. 

I’m ready! Let’s do this!
  

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Squares Topped with Bourbon Whipped Cream 

Preheat Oven 300 degree

Crust

20 Sprouts Ginger Snaps

1/2 cup pecans

5 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend (The Spice Hunter)

Pinch of salt

Cream Cheese Filling 

4 8 oz packages of Sprouts Cream Cheese, softened 

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 Sprouts Natural Cage Free Eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp flour

1 cup Sprouts Organic Canned Pumpkin Purée

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend ( The Spice Hunter)

Bourbon Whipped Cream

1 cup Organic Valley Organic Heavy Whipping Cream

3 tbsp Wholesome Organic Powered Confectioners Sugar

1 tbsp Four Red Roses Bourbon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

1.  Combine all crust ingredient except butter  into a food processor. Process to fine crumbs. Add butter. Continue to process until butter in combined.

2.  Line baking pan with parchment paper. Allow a few inches to hang over sides. Press crust mixture into baking pan with fingers. Set aside in refrigerator.

3. In a large bowl combine cream cheese and sugar with mixer. Beat on medium until fluffy. 

4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla until combined.

5. Take half of mixture and spoon over crust. Spread evenly.

6.  With the remaining cream cheese mixture add pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until smooth.

7.  Put dollops of the pumpkin mix over mixture in pan. 

8. With a butter knife make swirl design by inserting knife and moving it around.

9. Bake in oven for 50 minutes. Remove from oven to cool for an hour. Then put in refrigerator for 3 hours.

10. After completely setting, pull cheesecake out of pan by the edge of the parchment paper sticking out. 

11. Cut into squares.

12. To make Bourbon Whipped Cream, whip heavy whipping cream and sugar until it peaks. Then add bourbon and vanilla. Whip until combined. 

13. Put a dollop of whipped cream on each pumpkin cheesecake square.

14. Enjoy!!

Thank you sprout for this delicious opportunity to bake with some of your awesome products! 

Sprouts would like for you to win a $50 gift card! Enter the giveaway by commenting below your favorite way to #PassTheJoy! Winner announced Saturday!!!

Four Roses Bourbon Apple Crisp

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This week, I got a very special delivery from Four Roses Bourbon! They asked The Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society to each make a holiday inspired dish using their bourbon. How exciting! So I received my Four Roses Bourbon in the mail, now it was time to create! I had so many ideas, but decided on a Bourbon Apple Crisp. I love Apple Crisp! Growing up in Ohio, my parent would take my brother and I apple picking every year. We would come home with all these delicious apples. It seemed like my mother had a million recipes that included these apples. Apple Crisp was one of many that I learned from her. Through out the years I’ve played around with the recipe and made it my own.

It’s so easy to make with only a few ingredients. You can even customize it to your liking. Add more cinnamon. Add ginger. Make it gluten free. Use your favorite variety of apple. ADD BOURBON!!! Yes! Why not add bourbon. It’s so smooth and tasty! So I gave it a try and it was a success! The flavor is just plain amazing! I made the recipe for two. Perfect for date night! With a glass of Four Roses Bourbon, it’s the ultimate nightcap.

Bourbon Apple Crisp

Makes 2 servings

Crumble Topping
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground clove
1/2 cup pecan, roughly chopped
I/2 cup unsalted butter

Apple Filling
2 apples
1 tbsp apple cider
2 tbsp Four Roses Bourbon
1 tsp melted butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

Directions

1. Combine all crumble topping in a medium bowl with fork until it resembles crumbs. Set aside.
2. Combine all apple filling ingredients in a medium bowl. Let set for about 5-10 minute to allow the apples to get nice and happy.
3. Divide apple mixture between two 9.5 oz ramekins. Be sure to get a the remaining yummy juice from the bottom of the bowl and pour over the apples.
4. Top crumble over the apples.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
6. Enjoy!
7. Enjoy even more with scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and a glass of Four Roses Bourbon!

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Check out the other members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and their Four Roses Bourbon recipes!

Red Velvet Confection | Honey Bourbon Baked Salmon

Atlanta Food Critic | Four Roses Bourbon El Dragon Verde

Beef and Chocolate | French Toast Stuffed Bourbon Mashed Bananas w/ Bourbon Maple Syrup

Front Porch Gourmet | Bourbon Cream Scallops with Candied Bacon

Sweet Savant | Infuse Your Booze Figgy Four Roses Bourbon

* I was given a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon for the purpose of making a holiday inspired recipe. I was given no monetary compensation for this post. This recipe and all opinions are that of my own.

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar America’s Best 75 Bourbon Bars 2015

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In 2007, Congress declared the month of September National Bourbon Heritage Month. Since then, bourbon bars have popped up all over the United States with its ever so growing popularity. In 2013, The Bourbon Review, compiled their first list of Top Bourbon Bars in America with just 55 establishments. This years’ list included 75 Bourbon Bars.

“Using criteria that took into account selection, education, events and determination to open a Bourbon hot-spot in a region, where one didn’t exist, we came up with what we consider are the best 75 Bourbon Bars in America.”
-The Bourbon Review

Wednesday, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar celebrated their recognition of America’s 75 Best Bourbon Bars, with a private event hosted by Four Roses Bourbon. The celebration was complete with bourbon cocktails and delicious bites from Southern Art.
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We also enjoyed a bourbon tasting featuring Red Roses Bourbon. Four Roses Bourbon has a long history dating back to the 1860s. Today, this award winning Bourbon, continues its legacy by being named American Whisky Distiller of the Year 2015 by Whisky Magazine. Thursdays tasting included their Single Barrel, Small Batch, and Yellow Bourbon. Each one proving their expertise in “quality handcrafted bourbon.”

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To top this amazing event off, there was dessert! First we were presented with Bourbon Cake Pops! They were oh so good. But the star of the dessert portion of the meal was the Bourbon Pecan Pie. Yes! Bourbon Pecan Pie. When this pie made its grand entrance everyone stopped and admired its glory. It just looked amazing! And it was. The pecans were hearty, the filling not too sweet, and crust flaky. Perfection! I’ll be back very soon to get another slice.

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Once again, congratulations to Southern Art Bourbon Bar on being named America’s 75 Best Bourbon Bars! Much gratitude to Red Roses Bourbon for the invitation to this great event.

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Southern Art Bourbon Bar
3315 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

*I received complimentary food and drinks in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are that of my own.