Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Happy Monday, y’all!

How was the weekend? Fantastic, I hope.

I had a very busy weekend.

Finished New Girl. Took some naps. Caught a lot of Pokemon.

Definitely not ready for Monday! But I have a delicious recipe to share today so I guess it’s okay.

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Have you tried Four Roses Bourbon?

I posted a photo on Snapchat when I received this bottle (follow me!: amandalivesay) and 10 people were all, “OMG THAT’S MY FAVORITE!”

It is the only bourbon distillery that blends 5 proprietary yeast strains with two separate mashbills to produce 10 distinct bourbon recipes. The bourbon is then aged in one-of-a-kind single story rack warehouses that allows the bourbon to age gently and undisturbed throughout the years. Each bourbon variety has it’s own unique character, spice, and rich fruity flavors.

I used the Four Roses Bourbon Yellow for this Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce. They created this one by mingling all 10 of their bourbon recipes. It’s fantastic, with hints of apple and pear, a floral aroma, and a taste of honey and spice. It’s smooth and mellow and is great for creating sophisticated cocktails.

Check out the Four Roses Bourbon website for more info, lots of recipes, and to find out where to buy your own delicious Four Roses Bourbon!

So this Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce!

I bought a ton of cherries when this bourbon showed up on my doorstep because bourbon and cherries? Perfect together. (Ice cream recipe coming soon!)

This bbq sauce is sweet and spicy and fruity and delicious. Perfect on grilled meat, perfect on a spoon. I’m obsessed. I made tater tots at 1 am the other day and stood at my kitchen counter, dipping them in what bbq sauce I had leftover. That good.

Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce - delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce! Perfect on grilled chicken!

Cherry BBQ Sauce


1 tablespoon coconut oil (or olive oil)
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Four Roses Bourbon Yellow
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
3 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add Four Roses Bourbon Yellow, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and add the cherries. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and cook slightly. Use a blender to puree the sauce until smooth.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

This recipe created in partnership with Four Roses Bourbon. Thank you for supporting my sponsors! 


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I’m in no mood to cook.

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Sangria Popsicles - easy and delicious! Only a few ingredients! Perfect for your next party!


It’s hot in Texas.

Did you know it’s hot in Texas?

You did?

Oh, okay.

I guess this is news to no one.

Anyway, I’m really into showing up at at my friends’ houses with homemade boozy popsicles these days since it’s so hot and also because they’re so much more fun than showing up with cocktail supplies. And lucky for me, I’m usually just walking over to my neighbors’ house so popsicles are easily transported.

For these really easy Sangria Popsicles, I used Woodbridge by Robert Modavi Chardonnay. Woodbridge has been around for over 30 years and is one of my go-tos because I know I can trust their wines to be delicious and make any occasion more fun.

And what’s more fun than popsicles made from wine?!

Like I said, these are SO EASY. Cut up a bunch of fruit – I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and kiwi, but use whatever you like. And then mix together the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay and a little bit of lemonade. And then combine it all in popsicle molds. Freeze for 8 hours and then get ready for your friends to really love you when you show up at the block party with a tray of frozen wine.

They are so pretty – I just can’t get over all the bright colors! And seriously delicious!

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Sangria Popsicles - easy and delicious! Only a few ingredients! Perfect for your next party!

Sangria Popsicles

12 servings


1 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup peeled, sliced kiwi
2 cups Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
1 cup lemonade


  1. Divide the fruit among 12 popsicle molds.
  2. In a large measuring cup with a spout, stir together Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay and lemonade. Pour into the popsicle molds. Cover and insert popsicle sticks.
  3. Freeze at least 8 hours before serving.

Sangria Popsicles - easy and delicious! Only a few ingredients! Perfect for your next party!



(Disclaimer: I wrote this on January 30, 2016 – a week after this incident occurred. Hasn’t been edited.)

I didn’t realize it was so bad until I’d told the story 10 times to 10 different agencies.


He yanked me off the counter by my neck.


Eyes wide.


I was in the backyard, naked, screaming for help.


Mouth drops.


My 4 year old was standing in the doorway as he dragged me back inside, threw me on the floor, and strangled me again.


Can no longer make eye contact.

I did everything I was supposed to do. I called his superiors every time. I had them come get him. I had them talk to him. I let them handle it.

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