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The Perfect Brunch Bourbon Cocktail: A Must-Try Recipe from Tasting Table

The Perfect Brunch Bourbon Cocktail: A Must-Try Recipe from Tasting Table

Let’s Talk Bourbon for Brunch

The majority of people might not immediately think of bourbon as their go-to brunch cocktail. Mimosas and Bloody Marys typically tend to steal the spotlight. However, the diverse flavor profile of true bourbon – a hint of caramel, an even-tempered blend of sweet and spicy – makes it the perfect liquor to incorporate into your brunch plans.

Why Bourbon?

Why not? Bourbon is a type of whiskey that hails from the Bluegrass State (Kentucky, for those who might not know). It’s made primarily from corn and rye, and aged in heavily charred new oak barrels. These specific requirements give bourbon its distinctive flavor, which can stand up against or blend harmoniously with a variety of brunch items.

Creating The Perfect Bourbon Brunch Cocktail

There are many cocktails that feature bourbon, but for our brunch table, we want something refreshing, flavorful, and not too heavy. Enter the Maple Bourbon Smash – a mashup of a whiskey smash and the classic Old Fashioned, sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz pure maple syrup
  • Half a lemon, cut into wedges
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice

How To Make It:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon wedges and mint leaves. Muddle until the lemon juice is extracted and the mint is bruised and aromatic.
  2. Add the bourbon and maple syrup, and fill the shaker with crushed ice.
  3. Shake it up! Give it a vigorous shake for about 20-30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lemon wheel.
  5. Enjoy your brunch cocktail!

Pairing Your Bourbon Brunch Cocktail

The layered flavors of the Maple Bourbon Smash pair well with a variety of brunch dishes. But if you’re looking for specific suggestions:

Sweet:

Classic pancakes or French toast will pair beautifully with the cocktail, with the maple syrup in both food and drink matching perfectly.

Savory:

Try a southern-style sausage gravy and biscuits, or a hearty frittata. The spiciness of the bourbon complements the rich, savory flavors.

Healthy:

A savory vegetable quiche or a fruit salad can provide a nice balance to the sweet and spicy bourbon drink.

A Brunch Party Expectation

Incorporating a bourbon cocktail into your brunch menu adds an unexpected twist that your guests will marvel at. So, next time you’re planning a brunch party, don’t be afraid to break away from the typical mimosa or Bloody Mary bar. Set up a Maple Bourbon Smash station instead, and watch your guests’ eyes light up with surprise and delight. Because who would’ve thought – bourbon for brunch?

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Written by Dustin Gandoff

Dustin Gandoff is a news reporter and bourbon enthusiast. He has been writing about bourbon for the past five years, and has become an expert in the field. He has traveled to distilleries all over the world to learn more about the craft and to sample some of the finest bourbons available. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with others, and is always looking for new ways to explore the world of bourbon.

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