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.

National Strawberry Shortcake Day + National Bourbon Day = Best Day Ever! 

I got up this morning to find out that it was National Strawberry Shortcake Day AND National Bourbon Day. Yes!! Initially I was just going to make Strawberry Shortcake and went the grocery to get the items I needed for that. But on the way back home I thought that it would be kind of awesome to add bourbon to the strawberries!  Awesome indeed!

Since I wanted to make sure the strawberries had time to bath and get all  relaxed in the bourbon, I sliced them up first. I added a tablespoon of Four Roses Bourbon and sugar to 10 sliced strawberries and let them sit. I then started making my famous Buttermilk Biscuits! This was going to be great! I popped the biscuits in the oven and started on the whipped cream. When making whipped cream it’s best to whip it in a metal bowl that has been chilled. Timing is also important because if over beat you will have butter. So you want beat the heavy whipping cream until it peaks. Sure you can just buy some whipped cream from the store, but freshly whipped cream is sooooo much better. Plus you can as much sweetener as you like. You can also add bourbon! I’ve done that before and it was amazing! And to top it all off, it’s supper easy to make!

So all of the components are almost complete. Strawberries getting happy in the bourbon.Fresh Whipped Cream chilling out in the fridge. Just waiting on the biscuits to get brown. Once that happened it was time to build this wonderfully delightful treat. Check out the recipe below and get your life. Yasssss.

Bourbon Infused Strawberry Shortcake Because It’s National Bourbon Day & National Strawberry Shortcake Day! 

  

12 servings
Preheat oven 350



Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups bread flour

1 1/2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsalted whipped butter, chilled 

1 cup buttermilk 

In a large bowl mix bread flour, baking powder, and sea salt. 
Mix is butter with fork or fingers until crumbly. 

Add buttermilk until you have a dough. 

Turn on floured surface and roll out until is about 1 1/2 thick.

Cut out biscuits with a cup or biscuit cutter.

Put biscuits in a hot buttered cast iron skillet.

Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown.

Bourbon Strawberries

16 oz strawberries, sliced

1 tbsp Four Roses Bourbon 

2 tbsps sugar ( more if your strawberries aren’t as sweet)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a chilled metal bowl. Mix with hand mixer on low for 2 minutes. Then mix on medium for another 3 minutes or until cream begins to peak. Cover and put in refrigerator until ready to use

Bourbon Infused Strawberry Short Cake

Slice biscuits in half. On bottom half, cover with bourbon strawberries. Then cover with desired amount of whipped cream. Place top half of biscuit over whipped cream. 
Admire the goodness that you are about to indulge in. 

Devour!

Mmmmmm

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.