September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the rich history behind today’s booming bourbon industry. But since bourbon heritage is irrevocably intertwined with the culture and history of America itself, it only makes sense to find ways to add it to our daily lives and treat ourselves from time to time.
Here are a few ways to add your favorite spirit to some of your favorite treats.
Treat #1 – Decadent Bourbon Brownies
Who doesn’t love a gooey, chocolatey brownie still warm from the oven? Maybe with a side of ice cream? Try this recipe:
- Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- Your favorite brownie recipe or boxed brownie mix (to make it easier)
- Caramel sauce (optional)
- Sea salt (optional)
All it takes is a few tablespoons of bourbon added to your favorite brownie mix to turn regular ol’ brownies into something elevated. For an even more impressive upgrade, drizzle your brownies with a bit of warm caramel sauce and a sprinkling of sea salt. Even if you aren’t a great baker, it’s hard to go wrong with these.
We prefer Daviess County Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for this sweet treat upgrade, as the bourbon’s sweet, warm and traditional bourbon notes compliment the chocolate perfectly.
Treat #2 – Breakfast Cereal and Bourbon
While enjoying bourbon for breakfast might be frowned upon, no one said you couldn’t combine some with your favorite breakfast cereal. Making bourbon-infused rice cereal treats is a fun and easy way to surprise yourself and your taste buds.
- Your favorite rice cereal treats recipe (you can find one on the box)
- Daviess County French Oak Barrel Finished Bourbon
Make your Rice Krispies treats like you normally would, but add a few tablespoons of bourbon to your melted marshmallows and butter before adding the cereal and mixing.
Our bourbon of choice is the Daviess County French Oak Barrel Finished Bourbon due to its oaky spice and chocolate, and vanilla notes that compliment the more mellow flavors of the rice cereal. Marshmallow also goes great with the oak notes.
Treat #3 – Burnt Butter, Bourbon and Raise Trifles
Want to whip up something a little more challenging? Go for a trifle, a delicious and deceptively simple dessert that can be adapted to include your favorite flavors, ingredients, and bourbon.
- Your favorite brownie recipe or boxed brownies
- 1 1/2 cup raisins, separated
- Daviess County Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter
- 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream
- 1 cup of confectioners sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 2 eight-ounce packages of cream cheese
To start, bake your brownies like normal, incorporating two-thirds of the raisins into the batter. Then, brown your butter and let it cool (keep about a fourth of a cup of the browned butter separate). Whisk together half your cream, plus all the sugar and vanilla, in a stand mixer until the mixture forms soft peaks, then add your cream cheese and browned butter, following with the remaining cream, until the mixture is smooth and thick.
To combine it all together, use a glass dish in which you can easily see and layer your ingredients. Start with a layer of crumbled brownies, then a handful of raisins, then a sprinkling of whiskey and some reserved brown butter, ending with the cream and sugar mixture. Repeat these layers as many times as the glass allows you.
Daviess County Cabernet Sauvignon Finished Bourbon works great for this recipe, as the fruity, oaky, slightly spicy flavor notes pair well with the brown butter, chocolate and raisins.
Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month — or Any Occasion — with the Right Bourbon
Bourbon is the perfect accompaniment for nearly every occasion in September and beyond. Whether you’re experimenting in the kitchen, using one of our recipes above, or just enjoying your favorite bourbon neat, picking the right bourbon is an important part of the process. Find your perfect bourbon among the offerings from Daviess County Bourbon and those available from the entire Lux Rox Distillers family.