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