Log Date

A whiskey adventure for you and me.

  1. Still frame

    This one goes out to the East Coast tonight.
Vanilla Amaretto Cocoa
Ingredients
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 ounces milk chocolate chips
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
2 teapoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon espresso powder (or 1/2 cup brewed espresso)
3 ounces Amaretto
4 ounces whiskey
Marshmallows for garnish

Procedures
1 In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

2 Add vanilla, espresso, Amaretto, and whiskey and stir to combine. Pour into glasses and serve with marshmallows.

    This one goes out to the East Coast tonight.

    Vanilla Amaretto Cocoa

    Ingredients

    1/4 cup cocoa powder

    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    pinch kosher salt

    3 cups whole milk

    4 ounces milk chocolate chips

    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

    2 teapoons vanilla extract

    1 teaspoon espresso powder (or 1/2 cup brewed espresso)

    3 ounces Amaretto

    4 ounces whiskey

    Marshmallows for garnish

    Procedures

    1 In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

    2 Add vanilla, espresso, Amaretto, and whiskey and stir to combine. Pour into glasses and serve with marshmallows.

    (Source: seriouseats.com)

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    Bacon, Bourbon, & Hazelnut Cocoa 
Ingredients
4 thick-cut slices of bacon
1/2 teaspoon corn starch
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
pinch kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 ounces milk chocolate chips
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
4 ounces Frangelico
4 ounces Bourbon
Whipped cream and chopped toasted hazelnuts for garnish
Procedures
1 Cook bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat until crisp and rendered. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour fat into a small bowl and stir in corn starch with a fork.
2 In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in reserved bacon fat/corn starch mixture, milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.
3 Add Frangelico and bourbon. Pour into individual serving cups. Top with whipped cream, chopped toasted hazelnuts, and a strip of bacon. Serve immediately.

    Bacon, Bourbon, & Hazelnut Cocoa 

    Ingredients

    4 thick-cut slices of bacon

    1/2 teaspoon corn starch

    1/4 cup cocoa powder

    1 tablespoon granulated sugar

    pinch kosher salt

    3 cups whole milk

    4 ounces milk chocolate chips

    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

    4 ounces Frangelico

    4 ounces Bourbon

    Whipped cream and chopped toasted hazelnuts for garnish

    Procedures

    1 Cook bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat until crisp and rendered. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour fat into a small bowl and stir in corn starch with a fork.

    2 In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in reserved bacon fat/corn starch mixture, milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.

    3 Add Frangelico and bourbon. Pour into individual serving cups. Top with whipped cream, chopped toasted hazelnuts, and a strip of bacon. Serve immediately.

    (Source: seriouseats.com)

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    RICH BOURBON HOT CHOCOLATE
INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
• 2 TBS dutch-processed cocoa powder*
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup bourbon 
• 1.5 cups water
DIRECTIONS:
Combine sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan with water. Warm over medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture just begins to boil. Remove from heat.
Add in bourbon and stir just before serving. Use a ladel to spoon into mugs.
BOOZY WHIP CREAM STARS
INGREDIENTS:
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1/3 cup granulated sugar
• 2 tsp booze of choice (bourbon, brandy, cointreau, etc.) *I used bourbon :)
DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a medium or large bowl and whisk together with an electric beater until soft peaks form on the cream, about 3 minutes.
Transfer fresh whipped cream mixture to a wide flat dish (like a pie plate) and smooth mixture flat and as even as possible. Place in the freezer for several hours.
When the mixture is frozen, use your favorite mini cookie cutters (like these) to cut out shapes in the whipped cream. Place them on top of your delicious homemade hot chocolate and watch them melt hearts as they melt away!

    RICH BOURBON HOT CHOCOLATE

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

    • 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

    • 2 TBS dutch-processed cocoa powder*

    • 1/8 tsp salt

    • 1/2 cup bourbon 

    • 1.5 cups water

    DIRECTIONS:

    Combine sugar, chocolate, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan with water. Warm over medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture just begins to boil. Remove from heat.

    Add in bourbon and stir just before serving. Use a ladel to spoon into mugs.

    BOOZY WHIP CREAM STARS

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 cup heavy cream

    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

    • 2 tsp booze of choice (bourbon, brandy, cointreau, etc.) *I used bourbon :)

    DIRECTIONS:

    Combine ingredients in a medium or large bowl and whisk together with an electric beater until soft peaks form on the cream, about 3 minutes.

    Transfer fresh whipped cream mixture to a wide flat dish (like a pie plate) and smooth mixture flat and as even as possible. Place in the freezer for several hours.

    When the mixture is frozen, use your favorite mini cookie cutters (like these) to cut out shapes in the whipped cream. Place them on top of your delicious homemade hot chocolate and watch them melt hearts as they melt away!