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Bourbon Eggnog Recipes for the Holidays

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Eggnog is, undoubtedly, a polarizing beverage. Raw eggs, booze, and cream stuck in the fridge for a month? Dubious. Luckily, the threat of spoilage is pretty low because of the amount of sugar, booze, and refrigeration that goes into making a batch of nog. Still, I’m pretty much convinced die-hard eggnog enthusiasts like myself only exist because we were sneaking cups of it from the family punchbowl before we knew what it was actually made of. But setting aside the yuck factor, eggnog is not only delicious (it’s basically a custard), and historical (George Washington had his own recipe, which …

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Bourbon-Spiked Apple Cider: Because You Can’t Really Put It In Pumpkin Spice Lattes

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I don’t understand the pumpkin spice tyranny that happens every fall. It’s not that pumpkin spice is bad, per se, it’s just that (starting as early as August!) it’s everywhere. Pumpkin chai, pumpkin latte, pumpkin beer, pumpkin vodka, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin milkshakes… By me-September, I’m over it.  Added to that, while bourbon goes really well with pumpkin spice, when it comes to the actual squash, it’s not stellar.  Enter apple cider, and it’s many wonderful variations, that are perfect for everything from early-fall hayrides to late-autumn porch-sitting. You can start with a basic bourbon-spiked apple cider recipe, like this one …

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Bourbon & Beer: Beyond Boilermakers

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If you’re a regular reader, you know that bourbon makes bad things bearable and good things great—even when those things are beer, and therefore already awesome. There’s definitely a time and a place for boilermakers (very late at night or very early in the morning), but my favorite bourbon and beer team-up comes from the increasingly-popular trend of aging beers in bourbon barrels. After the bourbon has aged in the barrels, they’re sold to brewers, who then age their beers (most commonly stouts, Scotch ales, and barley wines) in them in order to pick up some of the smokey, caramelly …

These Aren’t Your College Roommate’s Jello Shots

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  Whether you’ve been out of college a few months or a few decades, I’m sure you remember a night when you and a few Jello shots got a little too cozy, and things got out of hand. Sticky fingers, artificial colors, acrid flavors, and one hell of a hangover—sound familiar? Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s no need to write off Jello shots (or their estranged cousin, the pudding shot) just yet. Don’t worry, there will be no recipes for plastic-handle-vodka-Jaeger-and-strawberry-Jello shooters. These feature lots of bourbon and, dare we say it, actually taste good! Let’s start …

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This is How You Survive a Food & Drink Festival

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Today’s blog post is from Caitlin Van Horn from Allentown, NJ. She’s hoping that her article about surviving a food & drink festival will save countless lives and help Bourbon & Banter readers get home safely. If you would like to read more from Caitlin please let us know in the comments and make sure to share her post with your friends. If we get enough positive feedback we might just make her a regular contributor here on Bourbon & Banter. elcome to summer, sweltering season of The Festival. You’ve probably got how to survive summer musical festivals down (yes to …