Clover Cocktail

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I have already shared an Irish-themed main meal, bread, baked good, and sweet treat so I thought this time around a drink was in order! Fine Wine & Good Spirits sent me this really yummy spin on an Irish coffee called the Clover Cocktail, which is frozen instead of hot. Ingredients (makes 1 serving; multiply as needed): 1 oz. Irish whiskey 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream 1 oz. Kahlúa 1 oz. espresso 1 cup ice (~6 ice cubes) whipped cream chocolate shavings

Brownie Petit Fours

Here’s another delicious dessert I made for New Years Eve. (You can read about my New Years Eve party and get a recipe for Honey Citrus Champange Cupcakes here) The original BHG recipe included bourbon, but I already had Bourbon Truffles on the menu so I decided to go without it in this recipe. I was a little wary of making these little guys, petit fours seem pretty difficult to make. But I was surprised with how simple it was to make these! Ingredients: BROWNIES 1/2 cup butter 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons  coffee grounds (I measured them out from a k cup) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda MILK CHOCOLATE FROSTING & SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE GLAZE 1 cup whipping cream 11.25 ounce milk chocolate pieces 16 ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces

Slow Cooker Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

I wanted to make an appetizer that travels easily so that I could bring it up to an engagement party I was attending on Long Island. Closet Cooking has a fantastic recipe for Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam that sounded perfect. I altered it to make it into a slow cooker recipe because I didn’t have time to keep something on the stove for 1-2 hours (I actually ended up making this overnight) and made it a bit less spicy. The jam can be made well ahead of time which made it perfect for traveling! Ingredients: 1 (16 oz) package uncured center cut bacon 1 large white onion, sliced 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 cup brewed coffee 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup bourbon 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped, plus a teaspoon of the adobo sauce 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika ground pepper, to taste

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