Posts in Bourbon
Blueberry Bourbon Reviver with Blueberry Thyme Goat Cheese Crostinis

Blueberry season is in full swing and I’m making the most of several pounds of freshly picked berries with a pairing that’s just as good during these hot, late August days as when the first leaves begin to fall. With cooler weather just around the corner, I went with bourbon for this simple, equal parts cocktail. Toasty crostinis topped with goat cheese, blueberries, and thyme make the perfect accompaniment, with balanced sweet, savory, and tart flavors. The best part of this simple combo is that you only need to put the work into making one blueberry compote that can then be used both for the cocktail and hors d’oeuvres!

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Tomato Nectarine Whiskey Smash

This cocktail is one of my 'kitchen sink' creations, which I make by finding inspiration with whatever is hanging around in my produce drawer and starting to look a little sad. Yeah, I know, tomatoes and nectarines won't be in season until at least May, but it's never too early to get a jumpstart on summer drinking plans!

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Blackcurrant Lemonade

Like a lot of my cocktails, this one came to me in a dream. I do my best work when I’m sleeping. Which isn’t that often since I have a baby. I had a dream the other night involving a beautiful, boozy, deep purple lemonade, so naturally I had to bring that vision to life. I love whiskey + lemonade anyway, but I have a feeling this variation with blackcurrant and thyme will be in my regular cocktail rotation this summer.

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My Medicine - a Mood Enhancing Cocktail with Chocolate + Reishi Mushrooms

I don’t know if it’s the general New England dreariness, the cold, or the lack of sun, but I tend to get a serious case of winter blues this time of year. After reading about the benefits of reishi mushrooms for improving mood and lowering anxiety (and also that their flavor blends well with chocolate), I was inspired to make myself an anti seasonal depression cocktail.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, RecipeAmy Traynor
Black Cherry Vanilla Shrub & Whiskey

The hubs recently picked up a bottle of New Hampshire Hall of Flags American Whiskey, which benefits preservation of a collection of historic flags. It’s a light, easy drinking blended whiskey, so I decided to create a simple cocktail using black cherries in a simple homemade shrub syrup made with vanilla beans, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. 🍒

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Recipe, Bourbon, WhiskeyAmy Traynor
Tulsi Hot Toddy - Organic Cinnamon Rose Holy Basil Hot Toddy

In the spirit of the new year, I’ve been trying to make healthier choices, but let’s be real, saying no to chocolate is stressful, so I decided to make a drink. 🍫🍩🍪
This mostly organic riff on a hot toddy blends my favorite stress relieving beverage, cinnamon rose tulsi basil tea, with bourbon, lemon, and hibiscus for a soothing, hot cocktail that’s fragrant, floral, and perfectly tart. And it’s served up in a beer mug because beer mugs hold more tea than tea cups. And because it’s what I had available.

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Whiskey, Bourbon, RecipeAmy Traynor