Holiday Boozy Side Dishes, Desserts, and Cocktails
Today, I was featured on the Thanksgiving Day Special on WCIU, You and Me This Morning. It was a blast because I found a way to sneak some booze into all of my food... and of course pair each dish with a complimenting cocktail. I mean, a little booze helps to make it through the crazy holiday season, am I right?! I covered the 3 major food groups, Vodka, Bourbon, and Cachaca. Here's what I made!
Spiced Red Eddy Rocktail
2 oz Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka
1 oz Spiced Apple Cider
1 oz Pomegranate Cranberry Juice
1/4 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup (Steep Rosemary in simple syrup on the stove for 5 min over medium heat)
1 dash bitters
Shake all ingredients together with ice and strain in a mason jar over ice. Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.
Spiked Vodka Sauce with Turkey Meatballs
In a slowcooker, add pre-made frozen turkey meatballs with this "Sicilian"-flavored spiked sauce from Kelly's kitchen:
1 cup Deep Eddy Vodka
1 package frozen turkey or chicken meatballs
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 28 oz Can of San Marzano Tomatoes
1/2 Onion, Diced
2 tbs Olive Oil
1 clove Garlic chopped
Salt, Pepper To Taste
Grated cheese (parmiggiano or pecorino)
You can make this in a slow cooker or on the stove. Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until soft, add in slow cooker with tomatoes, vodka, meatballs, salt and pepper. Cook on hi for 4 hours. Add cream and cook 30 more minutes. Grate cheese on top and serve!
My Mom always makes her famous baked beans for every holiday, this is her recipe but I decided to cut out the pork and add some bourbon!!
Buzzed Baked Beans
1/4 cup Bourbon (I used Jim Bean)
2 med size cans of Vegetarian Baked Beans
Turkey or Duck Bacon
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
2 tbs yellow Mustard
1/3 cup Ketchup
1/2 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
Cook bacon in pan until about 75% cooked. Set aside. In same pan, sauté onions and green peppers in a bit of vegetable oil until softened. Put beans in a caserole dish, add onions, green pepper, mustard, ketchup, and 1/2 of brown sugar, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Lay 3-4 slices of bacon on top and sprinkle rest of brown sugar on top of dish. Bake in oven uncovered for 30-40 min at 350 degrees.
Fall Bourbon Sangria
1 bottle Malbec Wine (or another full-bodied red)
1/2 cup Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 cup Spiced Apple Cider
1/2 Apple, Sliced
1/2 cup Dried Figs
1 Plum, Sliced
1/2 Pear, Sliced
1 Cinnamon Stick
Add all ingredients together in a large pitcher and store in refrigerator for at least 3 hrs and preferably over night.
Winter Caipirinha Rocktail
1 ½ tsp sugar or simple syrup
1 dash orange bitters
Muddle ½ lime in glass with sugar or simple syrup
Add all other ingredients and shake with Ice and strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
Save room for a sweet desert with a twist!
Bake cupcakes using your favorite chocolate or vanilla cake mix.
Add Novo Fogo Barrel Aged Cachaça & lime & zest into a buttercream frosting.
Frost cupcakes, grate some more fresh lime zest on top, and serve!