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How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.

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How To Make Boozy Bourbon Bacon Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Nothing makes me feel like more of a breakfast or dinner hero than remembering that I have jars of boozy bacon jam in the fridge. This rich spread could turn a sleeve of stale crackers into a pretty stellar dinner, but when you fold it into warm pasta with fresh corn, sweet tomatoes, and basil, or mix it with maple syrup for pancakes, then you'll feel like giving yourself a gold star for having the foresight to make it.

Boozy bacon jam is also a practical way to preserve bacon that might need using up. You cook the bacon, caramelize some onions, and hold the two together with a little maple syrup, a decent amount of bourbon, and a splash of vinegar. The resulting spread is chunky, with plenty of smoky, savory flavor and back notes of sweetness and bourbon. Making bacon jam is the greatest gift you can give to your future self.

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Recipe: Boozy Caramel Milkshake — Easy Dessert Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

At Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, the Seattle shop famous for deceivingly small chocolate cakes baked to order, it's easy to be sidetracked by the main event. When you're waiting in line — because yes, you'll probably have to wait — the scent of chocolate hovers overhead like a heavy cloud. It's easy to imagine that at any moment, the cloud will burst and Seattle's rain will turn into hot, thick chocolate. But curb your imagination: You need to focus not just on the cakes, but also on the milkshakes, which come both straight-up and laced with (usually local) booze. Our favorite, the "Extra Dark Caramel and Rye" shake, is made with the rye caramel they make in house.

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How Not to Drink Peach Schnapps — Peachy Keen

Sorry, mom and dad, I have a confession: I drank in high school. Not often. But still more often than I was technically (read: legally) supposed to. I wasn't going to those crazy keg parties like the ones you see in the movies. Instead, a few girlfriends and I would go to one of our friend's older sister's nearby apartment and have a sleepover. While we were there, for some reason, we'd drink peach schnapps.

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Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Punch — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Here is exactly the drink you need to stir up for your next Taco Tuesday. It's got a spicy kick from muddled jalapeños to keep things interesting, but just enough sweet tang from the pineapple juice to prevent the heat from overwhelming your taste buds. The colorful punch is sure to be a hit at any and all parties you serve it at, whether there are tacos involved or not.

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Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Beer — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

I casually set this pitcher cocktail and some ice-filled glasses out for a group of friends — bourbon-lovers (myself included) and non-bourbon-lovers alike. I didn't give too much away about what was in the drink. Those who claimed they weren't a fan of the brown spirit went for a second pour before the rest of us did.

That's because this drink is so much more than whiskey — it's fruity, gingery, and, most importantly, bubbly. These elements make it a hit among a crowd. The bourbon adds a nutty, caramel-like note to the pitcher to round it out, so truly everyone ends up being a fan. And for you, the host, did I mention this only requires three hard-working ingredients?

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