Throughout 2020, many people have passed the time safely cooped up in their homes by trying out a new hobby. Maybe it’s puzzles, maybe it’s painting or crafts. And by now, practically everyone’s tried their own version of a banana bread recipe.
It might seem like we’re deliberately trying to make the end of a difficult year a bit easier to handle by spiking classic holiday desserts, but we promise we’re not. The natural smokey, caramel, oak, and vanilla flavors in bourbon and whiskey are fantastic additions to your holiday desserts. Check out some of our favorite ideas:
Bourbon Spice Apple Pie
Can your holiday celebration get more American?! The care and time it takes to bake the perfect apple pie is only enhanced with your favorite whiskey. We suggest trying cinnamon or vanilla-flavored whiskey. This classic apple pie recipe not only infuses the fruit with whiskey but also the crust!
Pie a la Mode (a la Bourbon)
Whether your family prefers holiday staples like sweet potato and pumpkin pie, or you prefer to stick with simple yet tasty cherry, apple, or peach pies, up the ante by topping them with bourbon-infused ice cream! As this recipe explains, it’s important to keep in mind that alcohol doesn’t freeze, so this isn’t the recipe to overdo the liquor.
Whiskey Oatmeal Cream Pies
Put down that box of pre-packaged sweets. You can bake your own oatmeal cookies infused with Irish whiskey marshmallow meringue and wow the pants off your holiday guests! Irish whiskey is the best option for this recipe because of its smoother, sweeter flavors, as opposed to the smokey or edgier flavors of Scotch or Bourbon. Warm fuzzies and childhood nostalgia are included.
Cheesecake and whiskey. Do we have to elaborate? Many of these recipes also call for Irish whiskey to promote a sweet, smooth flavor. Others use a coffee liqueur in the actual cheesecake and top it all off with a whiskey or bourbon caramel drizzle.
Monkey Bread with Bourbon Crème Anglaise
On a chilly winter morning, nothing beats a hot cup of coffee or tea paired with something sweet on the side. This monkey bread recipe with a bourbon twist will make a delicious and unique holiday addition to your breakfast table! At The Barrel Mill, we enjoy all things Whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch–including our cooking. We invite you to try one of these decadent recipes this season. From our families to yours, have a safe and delicious holiday season!