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Memorial Day Mint Julep


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Some drinks are just meant to be slowly sipped on a warm summer day, and since Memorial Day is unofficially the calendar kick-off for summer, start your extra-long weekend with this classic, cooling Mint Julep. With smooth bourbon finding its herbaceous counterpoint in the soft sweetness of fresh mint, it makes for a refreshing addition to summer’s first backyard cookout.

Mint-infused simple syrup is combined with Southern whiskey, and the mixture is frozen until it has a slushy consistency. When ready to serve, rim each glass with sugar for a frosted appearance and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip a chilled glass of this summertime tipple at this weekend’s Memorial Day ‘cue.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Thirsty Thursday: Kick Off Summer with a Bourbon-Cherry Slushie

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

For some, summer is all about lying out by the pool. For others, it’s about long and relaxing vacations at the beach. But for me, and I’m sure for many others, it’s about sun-dappled, fire-up-the-grill backyard cookouts. And one important component for any outdoor party is the frosty, iced drinks that will help keep you and your guests cool.

It’s time to break out the blender for a grown-up slushie spiked with smoky bourbon. Orange juice, lemonade, cherry juice and bourbon are blended with ice for a pretty, pink-hued beverage that’s just sweet enough.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

For the perfect pitcher of something sweet, Southern and spiked, serve up a batch of some seriously tasty iced tea. Freshly brewed black tea is infused with mashed blackberries and mint, resulting in a pretty, purple-hued brew. Then tea time gets serious when each glass of chilled iced tea is crowned with a shot of Kentucky bourbon that lazily floats on top to ensure a kick with each sip. This refreshing medley showcases bourbon’s smoky charm in a fruity, summery sipper.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Sifted: Homemade Funfetti, Boozy Foods and Summertime Treats

The Baker Chick's Funfetti Layer Cake

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Boxed mix funfetti is irresistible, but homemade is even better! The Baker Chick made the colorful layer cake from Momofuku Milk Bar and we’re stunned by the results.
  2. Salad for breakfast? If by that you mean a poached egg atop avocado and prosciutto, we’re in! – The Kitchn
  3. Chocolate covered pretzels might not be the best match for the sun. But Tikkido’s royal icing covered pretzels are a sweet and salty snack that can stand up to the heat.
  4. It’s pool party season. These yogurt and chocolate stuffed strawberries from ChefMom are a healthy and delicious snack your kids will love.
  5. Boozy foods: Tartlet Sweets takes banana nut bread to a whole new level with bourbon.

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Kentucky Derby Watch 2011: Mint Julep Madness

Frozen Mint Julep Recipe, Food2.com

Though not a classic prep, we love Food2's killer Frozen Mint Julep Recipe

Don’t put away your big hats just yet — The Kentucky Derby takes place this weekend and is sure to draw out plenty unique toppers. In honor of the race, we’re serving up our best mint julep recipes. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to do a taste test and find your favorite.

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Cookie #3: Rachael Ray’s Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans

12 Days of CookiesCooking Channel is joining Food Network for our first annual cookie swap, 12 Days of Cookies. Each day, visit us here for a look at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep — from favorite chefs and Food People. Then visit FoodNetwork.com/12daysofcookies for great takes on holiday baking from Food Network chefs — cookies by the dozen to celebrate all season.

How can you resist a recipe that calls for jiggers of anything? In the case of Rachael Ray’s Bourbon Street Balls with Pecans, it’s the bourbon that gives this candy-like cookie a little kick to get grown-ups in the kind of holiday spirit the street they’re named for suggests.

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Aida Gets Cooking with Booze

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This cake is garnished with bourbon "Happy Balls."

From little balls of bourbon candy to big bottles of whiskey, Aida gets a sip of alcohol-infused artisanal foods tonight on FoodCrafters.

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