Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash – juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Happy Friday!

This week flew by. The month flew by actually. How is May almost over?!

My kids’ last day of school is next week and I’m gonna be real honest with you, I have no clue where they’re going to school next year. Like, I don’t even know what state they’re to go to school in. That’s where my life is right now.

So the end of the school year is exciting because you know I love summer and all the fun that comes along with it but it’s also super stressful because… I really just need someone to figure out my entire life for me so I don’t have to make any more decisions.

That’d be great.

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 Cherry Bourbon BBQ Sauce – delicious sweet and spicy barbecue sauce made with fresh cherries and Bourbon! Perfect on grilled chicken!

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

Have you tried Four Roses Bourbon?

I posted a photo on Snapchat when I received this bottle 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!

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

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 made with fresh cherries and Bourbon! Perfect on grilled chicken!

 

 

Cherry BBQ Sauce
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.

Want more bourbon recipes?

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash

Raspberry Bourbon Smash

Raspberry Bourbon Smash

Grapefruit Bourbon Sour

Grapefruit Ginger Sour

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

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Today we’re going to talk cocktails.

Because Thanksgiving is officially  one month away. And for whatever reason, planning Thanksgiving really stresses me out. Even though it’s just going to be the kids, the husband, the dogs, and little ol’ me.

Yep, the husband’s scheduled to be home in time for Thanksgiving.

Which is another layer of stress. That sounds crazy, huh? You’d think after 9 months, excitement would be the main emotion. Nope. Stress.

Is the house clean enough? Did I lose those 10 pounds yet? The dang dog needs a haircut but I have to time it just right so she’s grown out of the awkward haircut stage when he gets home. (Like he cares.) The kids needs haircuts, too. We all need a special “homecoming” outfit. Have I found a hiding spot for all that Pyrex I bought? I never did find a photographer for the ceremony. I take that back. I never even looked for a photographer!

Stress. Ugh.

I won’t be able to tell you guys that he’s home until he’s, like, standing in front of me. Because there are some real jerks out there in the world. So forgive me for being vague for the next little while.

Anyway, with Thanksgiving ONE MONTH AWAY, it’s really time for me to think about this whole menu thing. Most important thing is officially checked off the list: cocktail!

I bought my first ever (tiny) bottle of Bourbon to make this Bourbon-Apple Sidecar. Even the lovely lady that owns the liquor store was all, “Hmm, this is different for you!” because she’s used to me only buying cheap moscato and Straw-ber-ritas.

It turns out that Bourbon is quite tasty! Especially with a little apple juice!

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