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THE C & O COCKTAIL

Named for the wonderful C&O restaurant in Charlottesville where I first had this cocktail, this drink has a little bit of everything. Campari – a booze trend I’m seeing everywhere now – soaked in coffee beans and chiles de arbol, with bourbon and Carpano Antica vermouth sounds like an oddball mix, but the flavors are deep and rich, and feel […]
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CHOCOLATE PECAN BARS

These are actually Derby bars, but since it’s winter and the derby is May, I didn’t want to confuse anything. Honestly, I love these bars any time of year and think they’re a delicious variant of a pecan pie. So, imagine pecan pie plus chocolate and bourbon, pretty delicious sounding, right? And even though making bars isn’t that much easier […]
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BOOZEY BOURBON MILK TEA

Milk tea is a staple if you live in Southern California. A Taiwanese import, the combination of milky, sweet tea with chewy boba floating around has long been a favorite among teenagers with a sweet-tooth and me. The idea to make it a cocktail came from a matcha whiskey drink I enjoyed at Angel’s Share in New York.  The subtle […]
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FANCY PANTS MARSHMALLOWS

Happiness is a homemade marshmallow nestled in a cup of steaming hot cocoa.  Or actually, happiness is about one minute later, when the marshmallow starts to melt, slowly enveloping the chocolate in a blanket of white sweetness.  Of course it’s easiest to reach into a bag and pop a jet puffed marshmallow on top of your cup, but if you […]
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EGG NOG

Egg nog is a bit polarizing.  Essentially, it’s melted ice cream with some booze, so if you like that sort of thing, you’ll love egg nog, if you don’t, you’ll hate it with the fire of a thousand suns.  I’m in the former camp. I love creamy, rich, dessert-y things with booze, so egg nog wins for me. Plus, it’s […]
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HOT TODDY

Like a hot water bottle in tumbler form, this cocktail is soothing and warm. It’s an oldie but a goodie, and the perfect canvas for extra spice and citrus. Enjoy! HOW TO MAKE A HOT TODDY: INGREDIENTS For 1 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) bourbon 1 tablespoon mild honey 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup boiling-hot water DIRECTIONS Put bourbon, […]
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HONEY LEMON BLACKBERRY SMASH

Sometimes simple is best, and right now I am LOVING simple. My usual drink of choice is a shot of whiskey with one ice cube, but if I want to put a tiny bit more effort into it, I love looking to what’s in season and mixing that with my favorite liquor. This cocktail could not be easier: four ingredients, […]
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BLACKBERRY BASIL SMASH

I love a smash! Who doesn’t love a smash? They’re…smashing? Well, they’re awesome anyway. Some crushed ice, some citrus, a little sugar and whiskey – BOOM. I added some blackberries and basil for a bit of freshness,  but you could play around with any other fruit and fresh herb combination you like.  INGREDIENTS 7 fresh basil leaves 1 lemon half, […]
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BOURBON SALTED CARAMEL BUTTERMILK CAKE

This was the perfect cake for my man’s birthday last year. Not too sweet and made with whiskey. What’s fun about this recipe is that it’s entirely adaptable. Replace the salted caramel with orange juice and zest and you have a fantastic bright citrus cake; add jam and whipped cream to the middle layer of frosting and you have a […]
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