The B3 – Bourbon Bacon Bloody Mary

The B3

Our morning is getting off to a slow start, so we figured what better time to share our take on a classic Bloody Mary?  We bet you’ll never guess what we’ve “enhanced” it with.  Yep, you got it – Bourbon!  And since we’re feeling a little crazy, we threw in a strip of bacon too!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Elijah Craig 12 Year Straight Bourbon
  • 8 ounces Tomato Juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp Steak Sauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp Cream Style Horseradish
  • 5 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 strip Applewood-Smoked Bacon (cooked)
  • Todd’s Crabby Dirt Seasoning
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 Stuffed Manzanilla Olives
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Fill pint glass half full with ice.
  2. Pour in 2 ounces of Straight Bourbon.
  3. Add in Steak Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, and Cream Style Horseradish.
  4. Top with approximately 8 ounces Tomato Juice.
  5. Stir thoroughly.
  6. Season top liberally with Todd’s Crabby Dirt.
  7. Sprinkle with fresh cracked Black Pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with three olives and strip of bacon.

Note

We were running a little low on Tomato Juice this morning, so substituted some Mint and Lime V8 Juice that we had on hand.  Normally I wouldn’t think this would be a great mix with Bourbon, but it added a nice little zing!

Simple Old Fashioned

This is a simplified Old Fashioned recipe without the fruit.  It’s nothing fancy, but is quick to make if you want to switch it up from “only” Bourbon.

Simple Old FashionedIngredients

  • 2 ounces Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1 tsp sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
  • 1 splash water
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Add sugar to empty Old Fashioned or Rocks glass.
  2. Pour splash of water on sugar.
  3. Add both bitters to the glass and mix or muddle until sugar is completely dissolved in solution.
  4. Pour in the Bourbon.
  5. Fill with ice and stir.

Savory Bourbon Balsamic Sauce

Bourbon Balsamic Sauce

For our first recipe, we thought we would introduce you all to our favorite Bourbon sauce.  It is a savory and slightly sweet sauce which is very versatile in adding some flavor to a number of dishes.  We have used it as a glaze, a sauce to spoon over a dish, and as a marinade.  In future entries, we will be featuring some of our favorite recipes that make use of this sauce. So far it has never disappointed!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp Four Roses yellow label Bourbon
  • 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Beef Broth
  • 1 tsp Tamari Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
Directions
  1. In small sauce pan, combine 1/3 cup Bourbon (set aside the added 1 Tsp for later) with the remainder of ingredients.
  2. Heat at medium-high heat, stirring constantly until light brown sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Continue heating to boil, stirring regularly until sauce is reduced to 1/3 cup.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 Tsp of Bourbon.

Alternate Preparation

Substitute 2 Tbsp of Teriyaki Sauce in place of Worcestershire Sauce and 2 Tbsp Chicken Broth in place of Beef Broth.

Our Take on a Hot Toddy

Four Roses Hot Toddy

Well, it looks like the cold weather is here to stay, so we found it appropriate to offer our take on the traditional “Hot Toddy” as our first cocktail recipe.  If you give it a try, be sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz  Water
  • 1 Lipton White Mangosteen Peach Green Tea packet
  • 1-1/2 oz Four Roses yellow label Bourbon (Min. Shelf Price $20.04)
  • 1 tsp Eight Mile Rd Honey (available locally – greentoegardens.com)

Directions

  1. Heat water slightly above preferred drinking temperature.
  2. Steep tea packet for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the Four Roses yellow label Bourbon
  4. Stir in the Eight Mile Rd honey
  5. Enjoy!

22 Year Old Lost Prophet Bourbon Released Today

The Detroit Lions match up against the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game later this afternoon, which may be remembered as one of the most important games in recent Lions history.  The highly anticipated 22 year old Lost Prophet Bourbon is also being released to the Michigan market today.  Coincidence?  I think not!  The only question is whether you should search for a bottle ahead of time so that it’s ready for the post-game celebration, or if the hunt will be more enjoyable with the fresh victory still dancing in your mind.

For those unfamiliar with this particular Bourbon, it is the fourth release from the Orphan Barrel Project.  If I’m still not making much sense, this is a project being undertaken by Diageo to bottle and sell extra-aged whiskeys that have been “lost” in their warehouses.  All of the whiskeys are marketed as being produced by the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co., but in actuality have been previously produced at other distilleries.  They are then bottled at the Diageo-owned George Dickel distillery in Tennessee.  The first three whiskeys from this project were released in 2014, with this being the fourth.  So far all of the project’s whiskeys have been Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys, but I suspect this may change with future releases.

Anyway, time to get to the details on this particular offering!  This Bourbon is thought to have been distilled at the former George T. Stagg distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The astute reader may realize that this distillery is now known as Buffalo Trace, and isn’t associated with Diageo.  This means the Bourbon was moved from the original distillery, and explains why it was “tucked away in a corner of the historic Stitzel-Weller rickhouses in Shively, Kentucky,” as the official Lost Prophet description notes.  The tasting notes follow:

“A soft spoken whiskey, with aromas of honey, apricot and clove that reveal a silky, full-bodied taste with notes of spiced vanilla and a touch of leather, culminating in a sweet smoky finish.”

This rare, extra-aged, 90.1 proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon is now available to the Michigan market in 750 mL bottles, with a minimum shelf price of $119.96.  I suspect it will be hard to find, and probably even harder to find at the state minimum price.  However, it may be worth the hunt as this is a one-time release, and will never be bottled again.  Please leave a comment if you are lucky enough to secure a bottle!