Bourbon is not just for sipping. Its smooth, rich flavor can add a whole new dimension to recipes both savory and sweet.
Text by Anne Cain
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For many folks, bourbon balls are a holiday tradition, but they’re really perfect just about any time of year. Because the bourbon flavor mellows with time, it’s best to make these easy treats ahead. Who knew that a combination of vanilla wafers, cocoa, powdered sugar, and a little bourbon could be so irresistible?
The splash of bourbon in the brown sugar–and–soy sauce glaze adds just the right note of richness, and fresh ginger adds a spicy bite to the dish. Online reviewers give this Asian-inspired salmon our highest rating and rave about the flavor, the moistness, and the ease of preparation.
Bourbon, maple syrup, teriyaki sauce, and Dijon mustard create a balance of sweet and tangy for the marinade, and the shrimp only need a brief toss in the marinade to capture the flavor. Serve this dish to company and we guarantee you’ll impress your guests.
If you’re used to having your coffee and your bourbon at different times of the day, consider combining them in this sweet, rich marinade for beef tenderloin. The bourbon and sugar round out the sharpness of the coffee.
Double the pleasure of bourbon by using it in the cake batter as well as in the coffee-flavored syrup you baste the cake with during baking. The clean, smooth sweetness of bourbon pairs mellows out the slight bitterness of the cocoa and bittersweet chocolate.
Add just a splash of bourbon and some pineapple juice to jarred chutney for a tangy-sweet marinade for flank steak. Because the steak is thin, you only have to marinate for about 15 minutes to get maximum flavor. Be sure to boil the remaining marinade and serve it with the steak so you don’t miss any of the fruity bourbon goodness.
This classic New Orleans dessert would not be what it is without the buttery bourbon sauce that’s spooned over the top. One reviewer proclaims this recipe “the best bread pudding I’ve ever eaten.” If you can’t get to New Orleans to spend a little time on Bourbon Street, this pudding is the next best thing.