Are you wondering what to make with that precious bottle of bourbon you got for the holidays? Well, your search is over. Unlike other whiskeys, bourbon has enough of a distinctive flavor to stand on its own in most recipes. The following are some classic bourbon-inspired dishes, perfect for any occasion!
Frequently Asked Questions
Bourbon is an American whiskey made with corn and popularized by Bourbon Street. Elijah Craig was said to invent bourbon back in 1789.
He aged corn whiskey in newly charred oak barrels, which was already famous. Many loved bourbon has even made its way to the top of the list in some liquor stores. It also gives amazing flavor to some pretty mouth-watering food. Let’s take a look at a few.
Frequently Asked Questions
All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whisky is bourbon. While grain is the star of whiskey, corn is the leading player in this liquor. It has to have more than half corn to be called bourbon (51%, to be exact).
A high-quality bourbon is so smooth and warming all by itself. However, I wouldn’t even attempt to drink the cheap stuff straight.
Some add water. 🤔 Add a little sugar, a dash of Angostura bitters, and a little orange peel, and you’ve got an Old Fashioned. Or you could make a bourbon sour instead of a whisky sour, and bourbon and coke instead of rum and coke.
1. Bourbon Chicken
Are you looking for a dish to make your friends go crazy? Then Bourbon Chicken is a perfect choice. The delicious combination of the sweetness from this liquor and soy sauce makes this dish stand out. It’s effortless to make and doesn’t take a lot of time either.
If you end up with leftovers, make sure to cool them down before putting them in the fridge. Cover the dish with cling wrap or keep it in an airtight container for up to three days.
2. Bourbon Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is an American classic, and this bourbon pecan pie recipe definitely shouts Southern comfort. Everything you love about pecan pie is in this baby, along with a kick of bourbon. If you’re not crazy about whiskey, don’t worry! You can’t taste the alcohol in this pie because it evaporates while baking.
Besides a pot of coffee, great company for this fabulicious dessert is homemade whipped cream. Of course, this is the perfect ending to a traditional holiday dinner with Smoked Spatchcock Turkey, Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes, and Green Bean Casserole.
To store leftover pie, refrigerate it covered for up to four days. If you want it around longer, put it in an airtight container or zip-lock bag and stick it in your freezer for up to three months.
3. Peach Cobbler Pound Cake
A peach cobbler pound cake is the perfect dessert to have around the house. It’s sweet enough to cure your sweet tooth but not too sweet. And the cinnamon cobbler topping goes so well with the peaches. And the bourbon does for this recipe what vanilla extract does for regular pound cake.
To have your peach cobbler pound cake around longer, keep it in an airtight container for up to four days. Or you could freeze it for up to three or four months.
4. French Toast Bake
This French toast bake is a unique twist to the traditional breakfast dish. It is made from bread cubes and custard, which takes this casserole from breakfast to brunch. It’s also an effective way to use up old bread you might have. Don’t worry; the bread isn’t soggy and has a nice crust on the outside, and the bourbon gives this recipe and wonderful twist.
If you want to have some to sneak later, cover it with plastic wrap or keep it in an airtight container. It should be good for up to four days, and it freezes for three months.
5. Bourbon Pecan Sticky Buns
Fall is the season of desserts. And what’s better is to start your day with a sweet surprise that lifts your mood. These Bourbon pecan sticky buns with their cinnamon goodness, bourbon pecan glaze, and incredible cream cheese frosting are perfect comfort food.
Though these babies are best eaten fresh from the oven, they will last covered at room temperature for two days, refrigerated for a week, and frozen for three months. You can reheat them in a 350℉/175℃ oven for about 10 minutes.
6. Air-Fried Sriracha Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings
Who doesn’t love fried chicken? But I get it! Some of has to worry about health. So what’s the fix? Simple! An air fryer! Air fryers can reduce up to 80% of our oil consumption. So now you can make these “fried” chicken wings and savor them without worry. And adding a dash of bourbon and honey takes it to the next level.
On the rare occasion you have leftovers, make sure to seal them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They’ll keep up to four days in the fridge and three months in the freezer. You can use the air fryer to reheat the chicken wings. First, cook for three minutes at 375℉/190℃, then give it a shake and cook for another three minutes.
7. Sweet Tea Lemon Bourbon Cocktail
This fabulicious tea and bourbon cocktail is what you need to refresh your day. Even though it takes only ten minutes to make, the hard part is waiting two hours for it to chill.
I doubt very much you’ll have any of this recipe left. However, you could keep it in a glass jar (no ice) in the fridge for a day (two days max) if you do. Add ice when you’re ready for a refresher.