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Coffee bourbon milkshake

Yes, you read that right. I am featuring a grown-up milkshake on this fine Cocktail Thursday. I have never in my life had a more delicious milkshake. This, my friends, is the drink that really made coffee bourbon pay dividends.

Yes, please.

It’s more than a little ironic that I am posting this now, since I have sworn off processed sugar for a month, but a girl can dream, can’t she? Besides, I first made it a few weeks ago, but I thought it was a more appropriate drink to feature in fall. Then I made it again. And again.

This milkshake is perfectly dreamy right out of the blender, but it’s even better if you freeze it for a little bit first. It will firm up a bit, but it won’t completely freeze because of the alcohol content. However you enjoy it, definitely use a top-quality ice cream — it makes a difference. This is one reason I’m happy to be back in Texas: Blue Bell!

Coffee Bourbon Milkshake
Based on this recipe from Boozed + Infused

2 cups vanilla ice cream
3 oz coffee bourbon

Combine the ice cream and coffee bourbon in a blender and blend until well-combined and creamy. Serve in a martini glass, or freeze for a couple of hours (or more) before serving, until it reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream.

Coffee bourbon… and a couple of experiments!

Alicia from Boozed + Infused inspired me to try infusing some coffee bourbon a while back. Following her instructions, I crushed up some coffee beans, split a vanilla bean, added a little brown sugar, and let it all stew with some bourbon in a mason jar for 3 weeks.

Waiting patiently…

Finally, after all that waiting, it was time to sample the goods.

Bottoms up!

The product was delicious all by itself. The flavor of bourbon, coffee, and vanilla, with just the tiniest hint of sweetness, blended perfectly. Other then infusing some pineapple vodka way back in the day, this is my first infusion, and I’m so glad I tried it. I think it might make me infusion-happy… so look for more creative cocktails to come!

The hubby and I couldn’t agree on what cocktail to try first, so we decided to go head-to-head. I went super-simple with a bourbon “latte” martini — just the coffee bourbon and a splash of cream.

Want some booze with your coffee?

The hubby decided to go classic with a Black Russian (cousin of the White Russian).

Sporting some logo gear from his trip to Kentucky bourbon country…

Although I enjoyed my martini, I have to say, his Black Russian won the day. The vodka mellowed out the strong flavor of the coffee bourbon and made it more drinkable. Regardless, both were excellent drinks, so I’ll share both recipes with you today — a Cocktail Thursday two-fer!

Watch out, though, because what I really want to try is a coffee bourbon milkshake. I have a feeling that will be the hands-down winner!

Bourbon Latte Martini

1 1/2 oz coffee bourbon
1/2 oz cream
chocolate shavings for garnish

Combine the coffee bourbon and cream in shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Bourbon Black Russian

2 oz vodka
1 oz coffee bourbon

Combine the vodka and bourbon in a rocks glass over ice. Stir well and serve.

Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is such a classic drink, I’m not sure how I’ve never featured it before now! Plus, it’s bourbon-based, so that’s always a good thing around here.

Good taste never goes out of style.

Give this retro cocktail a try. There’s a reason it has been around so long!

Old Fashioned

2 tsp simple syrup
1 tsp water
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1.5 oz bourbon
orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish

Mix simple syrup, water, and bitters in the bottom of a glass. Add the ice and pour in the bourbon. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Honey bourbon cocktail

Before we left California, we threw a big party to clean out the liquor cabinet, since we had to bring everything we wanted to take in the car with us. With our much-depleted bar, now that we have landed in Texas, it has been a challenge finding new cocktails to feature lately.

But, never fear! Bourbon to the rescue, once again. Add some great local honey and some of my brandied cherries, and it’s sold.

Come to mama.

We will rebuild the bar, slowly but surely. Until that day, I don’t mind relying on good ol’ bourbon every now and again.

Honey Bourbon Cocktail
Loosely based on this recipe from Cosmopolitan

2 oz bourbon
1 oz honey
1/2 oz hot water
5 brandied cherries and a couple of teaspoons of their liquid

Put brandied cherries in the bottom of a shaker and muddle. Add all the other ingredients with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass.

Whiskey, neat

This week’s cocktail is a simple one: whiskey, neat.


You may (and in fact, probably will) find yourself in need of this beverage, as I did, while in the midst of a move. Pick a good whiskey, preferably bourbon. Pour into a glass. Drink. Repeat as necessary.

On a more positive note, we finally have an internet connection, a full week after moving in! I won’t bore you with details, but let’s just say I needed a drink or two after dealing with it all. Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus, but we are back in business! I have several new posts coming up, including a couple of “lazy gourmet” entries, moving being what it is. So happy to be back!

Trip to Manhattan

This week’s cocktail is a classic — the Manhattan. We like to imbibe these when watching Mad Men, and/or with a nice bowl of popcorn… which has been referred to around these parts as “a classic evening.” Yes, we are nerds.

Hubby is the Manhattan mixmaster around these parts, but I swear by his recipe. I like mine a wee bit sweeter than he does, but that can be adjusted easily enough.

Drink up.


2 parts bourbon (we use Maker’s Mark)
1 part sweet vermouth
1 part dry vermouth
dash bitters

Combine ingredients over ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass, or serve over ice. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Cocktail Thursday

I think we’ll just make this a regular feature. You may call me a lush if you wish.

Hubby scored some fresh blood orange juice at the farmer’s market, and with bourbon being the quintessential fall spirit, we knew what we had to do with it. The leftover juice might make more an excellent mimosa….

Although blood oranges are not in season here yet, I won’t ask too many questions, since they’re pretty much my favorite fruit, and this was a great cocktail.

Beer me a cocktail.

Bloody Bourbon

1 1/2 oz. bourbon
2 oz. blood orange juice

Mix bourbon and juice in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass.

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